The family of Cory Lumber – her mother Kathy Ruth, children Stacey and Connor Lumber, and sisters DeAnn Ruth-Brandt, Kelly Ruth Sprague and Leslie Ruth – have reached out to the Star to extend their thanks to our neighbors and community for the support the family has received during this difficult time.
Cory tragically lost her life to domestic violence in July. The 48-year-old Paulsen’s Pharmacy employee was a beacon in the community, who drew many to the pharmacy with her big heart and buoyant spirit. Family friend Tina Ryan set up a GoFundMe page and neighborhood businesses, including Columbia River Brewing, put out collection jars for the family. More than $10,000 has been raised to date.
“All the love and support has been great,” said daughter Stacey Lumber, who also works at the pharmacy. “We are so grateful to the community.”
“We want to thank our neighbors and the neighborhood businesses in Rose City, Hollywood, Roseway and Gateway,” said sister DeAnn Ruth-Brandt. “We also want to thank the Hollywood Boosters; the Roseway Heights staff, PTA, and families; the Paulsen’s Pharmacy team – an amazing company whose support has been much appreciated; the Paulsen’s customers who Cory enjoyed visiting with so much; our friends at Portland Jazzercise and all of Cory’s friends from all her favorite hang outs.”
“No words can truly say how much Tina Ryan helped our family,” said Ruth-Brandt. “We want to thank the many family and friends who gave us hugs, cards, treats, flowers, prayers, donations, cyber hugs, messages, love and wonderful memories. And to the over 300 friends and family members that helped us to celebrate Cory’s life at our mom’s house on July 10: It was truly amazing the love and support you have shown us. Thank you so much.”
“Cory touched a lot of people’s lives and her loss has hit us very hard,” said Paulsen’s general manager Joe Amspoker. “She made our lives easier because she knew everybody and she cared for everybody. She always had a smile on her face. It’s been inspiring for me to see how the neighbors and the community have responded to her loss.”
Neighbors who would like to contribute to the fund can still visit www.gofundme.com.