Of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2012, while visiting her daughter in Florida. She was born on April 2, 1918 in Clarke County, Arkansas to Roy E. and Pearl (Davidson) Langley. She graduated from High School in Arkansas in 1935 and married Coy Short in 1937.
When her first child was three months old, she bought a new car and drove to Sprague River, OR where Coy was working as a sawmill foreman. From there they moved to Seaside and then to Roseburg with Young's Bay Lumber in 1944.
She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Roseburg where she and Coy helped build the new church in 1950. When she was in her 80's, Gary Hill came to her and asked if she would help him get volunteers together to feed the homeless every Sunday night at church. They did this for many years.
She was a very unique mother. She could make a dress for the Friday night formal dance in three days and make three dozen "homemade" cookies for Michael to take to school by tomorrow morning.
Mother had lots of "adopted" family members. You never had any idea how many people would be to dinner or for that matter, if your bed was going to be available when you got home. She always had room.
Mother loved family, friends, reading to children, proper English, good manners, cooking, and the Baptist Church. She always said "there is no excuse for rudeness."
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Coy Short and Edgar Jordon, her favorite son Michael, and brothers Lawrence Langley and Leonard Langley.
She is survived by her favorite sister Lola Langley of Baker City, OR; daughters, Ann (David McDonald) of West Bloomfield, MI, and Susan (David Flury) of Glide, OR; daughter-in-law Claudia Short of Newburg, OR; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Foundation Fellowship Church (formally 1st Baptist on 818 S.E. Lane St. in Roseburg) officiated by Pastor Mike Miller of Glide Baptist Church. This is to be followed by a potluck at Singleton Park on Curry Road beginning at noon. Everyone is invited to come and share this occasion with us.