July 14, 1926 - January 3, 2022
Norene A. Starnes, age 95 of Ashland, passed away on Monday, January 03, 2022 in the Salem Hospital. She was born to the late R.L. Crosby and Hazel Crosby on July 14, 1926 in Medford, Oregon. Norene was a lifelong resident of Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 1944 and married the late Walter S. “Bud” Starnes on May 7, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 01, 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents, her sister Shirley (Bob) Krause formerly of Ashland, and her brother Blair (Janet) Crosby of Medford. Norene is survived by her three sons: Michael (Juliette) of Salem; Tim (Rose) of Klamath Falls; and Kelly (Melanie) of Corvallis. Norene is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren from her son’s blended families; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives. Norene enjoyed many years of gardening at the home she and Bud maintained for their family in Ashland since September, 1950. Their home was conveniently located in the same neighborhood as their parents. Together for over 57 years they spent many weekends water skiing with the boat they built over the course of ten years in their home’s garage. After their retirement their interests turned to bicycling and walking their dog at Lake of the Woods as well as snowmobiling and cross-country skiing there during the winter. In her later years, Norene found pleasure in watching Formula One races, Portland Trailblazer basketball, and her soap operas. Norene also took great pride in her granddaughter Syrah’s pursuit of a doctorate degree in organic chemistry at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Norene was a long-time supporter of the Best Friends Animal Society. Norene will be buried in a private service next to Bud at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home of Ashland prepared Norene for burial.
Norene A. Starnes, age 95 of Ashland, passed away on Monday, January 03, 2022 in the Salem Hospital. She was born to the late R.L. Crosby and Hazel Crosby on July 14, 1926 in Medford, Oregon. Norene was a lifelong resident of Ashland, graduating... View Obituary & Service Information
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