PORTLAND — Lori D. Duffy passed away on Jan. 8, 2016, at the young age of 52. She was born in Denver, Colo., on May 13, 1963, the daughter of John and Joyce Bell.
She was primarily raised on the Peninsula having moved here as a very young child. She graduated from Ilwaco High School and on Oct. 23, 1981, married Patrick Duffy.
They lived in Montana for four years and had two children there, Ryan Patrick Duffy and Amber Darlene Duffy. After moving back to the Peninsula they had their third child, Derek Callie Duffy.
Lori held several jobs, including running a daycare out of her home and later working at Our Place at the Beach motel and Jack’s Country Store. But the majority of her life was spent as a homemaker raising her three children.
Lori’s whole life were her kids and grandkids, Ethan Patrick Duffy, Annessa Marie Duffy, Alexis Renae Kraynak and Dakota Harold Duffy. They were her pride and joy. She cherished every milestone in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She was also a wonderful aunt to many nieces and nephews and a godson, all of whom she loved very much.
Lori was very competitive and loved to play badminton and ping-pong. She would do a little dance every time she scored a point. She collected angels and her favorite color was purple. She loved playing games, such as spoons, with her family.
She loved all of her family and missed her Grandma Rachel very much. Lori was an avid writer, working on both the yearbook and newspaper in high school. She also had a deep love of writing poetry. Her favorite holiday was the Fourth of July, as she loved fireworks so much. Another of her favorite pastimes was going for a drive on the beach with her husband, Patrick.
She was such a kind and gentle soul. She always put everyone else’s needs before her own. Even when she didn’t have a lot, she would give anything she did have to anyone who needed it. She will certainly be loved and missed by many.
She is survived by her three children; four grandchildren; Patrick Duffy; her parents, John and Joyce Bell; an older sister, Vicki Wirkkala; her younger sister, Tami Anfinson; two younger brothers, John Bell and Brad Bell; her godson, Kenneth Sheldon, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Her grandmother, Rachel Davis and grandparents, Pete and Mabel Bell as well as some aunts, uncles and cousins, preceded her in death.
A celebration of life was held on Jan. 16 at the Eagles Nest in Ilwaco, Wash.