Ora Maree Hess
Passed away Feb. 10, 2014
Ora Maree Hess, 83, of Brookings, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at her home, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Red Bluff, Calif., to Charles and Mae Martin.
During her childhood, Ora, her siblings and parents lived in Gerber, Calif. Her father was a minister and a car mechanic. After attending Red Bluff High School, she married Jack Brim and soon began raising their family.
In 1960, Ora and Jack bought a nursery in Redding, Calif., called Enterprise Gardens. Ora loved gardening, but running a nursery required new skills. As usual, Ora was up to the task. Once she learned how to run a nursery, she taught herself how to draw landscape design plans, and how to become a florist.
While living in Redding, Ora joined the Shasta Symphony Orchestra. Regardless of her responsibilities, she always made time for music. She often would say that her very soul required her to make music.
In 1982 Ora moved to Sacramento. Later she met David Hess; they married in March 1985, and resided in Fair Oaks.
Their love for the ocean and mountains motivated them to search for new location to live which
combined these interests. In Brookings, they felt they found the perfect match.
After moving to Brookings, Ora pursued interests with her usual enthusiasm. These included
Brookings-Harbor Friends of Music, Curry-Del Norte Orchestra, Brookings-Harbor Garden Club. She was a member of Brookings Presbyterian Church, and she established and was president of the Women’s Prayer Breakfast.
She leaves behind siblings Priscilla Markgraf, Joanna McGarry, Grace Martin and John Martin. She was blessed with four children and two stepchildren: Rodney Brim, Andrea Brim-Boan, Geoff Brim, and Celia Mosher. Stepchildren include Craig Hess and Kathy Stadler. Grandchildren include Christopher Boan, Ainsley Boan; Lauren, Miles, and Meryl Brim; Rachael Duke, Ryan and Justin Brim; Sean, Troy, and Shannon Mosher. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Abigail and Michael Boan.
Her parents, sister Pauline Myers and younger brother David Martin preceded her to heaven.
Ora will be remembered as an energetic, enthusiastic woman who was accomplished in many areas. Her life is captured in this sentiment: “The song ends, but the melody lingers on.” Her melody continues on, weaving through the lives of family and friends whom she loved.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave., Brookings.
Submitted by the family.