Schwartz, Lorna Flora (Scottie)
A mom, grandmother, great grandmother, Lorna Flora Schwartz, slipped away peacefully from her family and friends Nov. 12 at the Lutheran Recovery Residence in Solvang, Calif.
Lorna was a seeker of universal truths, a child of the cosmos, student of astrology and astronomy and a lover of gardens, trees and clouds. She is guided and protected by her spiritual guardians.
She gently bestowed upon her family the importance of living green and naturally; oxford shoes, cotton and wool clothing, home remedies for most everything including poison oak, stomach aches, measles and sunburn.
Before her eyesight began to fade, Mom could knit a dress and create a garment with exquisite finishing details. She could chart a horoscope, spot an untrustworthy politician, predict an election, bake a superb eggplant parmesan and believed herbal teas and meditation were essential to well-being. It follows that mechanics didn’t interest her much. She could never master the automobile and nearly lost a hand in a snowblower.
Lorna is the first daughter born to Oliver Henry McLain and Lydia (Brendemuhl) McLain on Dec. 5, 1907 in Los Angeles, Calif.
The family moved north where Lorna and her younger sister, Sonia, grew up in the small rural farming community of Manteca. After finishing high school she attended the San Francisco College of Nursing. In 1928, she met her future husband, Richard A. Schwartz, a restaurateur and chef from Hamburg, Germany. The two settled in Santa Barbara County, where they owned and operated several restaurants. In their 30 years together they were able (miraculously) to raise four children, all who attended Santa Barbara schools.
After the death of her husband in 1958, Lorna moved to Tahoe City, joining her widowed sister, Sonia Steddom. For 25 years, the two “mountain girls” grew much of their own summer vegetables and berries. They chopped firewood, carried water from a natural spring, met up with occasional bears and shoveled winter snow.
Lorna mastered the art of rafting the Truckee River in a tube and was photographed hiking the Squaw Valley mountain trails.
When winter snows became too harsh, the two sisters moved to Penn Valley in the Sierra foothills and continued their organic life-style until moving to Solvang, Calif.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Richard; a son, David Lee; a daughter, Jeane Elizabeth Adkins; and her sister, Sonia, with whom she shared her life for 42 years. Lorna is survived by her son Richard Charles Schwartz and his wife, Rogetta, of Kenwood, Calif.; and her daughter Lydia S. Edwards and her husband Donald, of Solvang. She leaves six grandchildren: Ryan A. Bell and his wife, Jill, of Santa Barbara; Jennifer Courcier and her husband, Richard, of Tahoe City; Richelle Matli of Pleasanton, Calif.; Jeffrey Adkins and his wife, Betty, of Los Alamos, Calif.; Kurtis Lindstrom and his wife, Jessamy, of Gaston, Ore.; and Janis Adkins of Moab, Utah. She also leaves 10 great-grandchildren: Nicole and Jackie Matli; Parker and Whitney Bell; Parker and Paige Gribb; Sydney and Lexie Courcier; and Rusty and Lexi Lindstrom.
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