Lorrie Patricia Rushing

December 22, 1956 ˜ December 28, 2021

Lorrie Patricia Rushing, 65, lifelong resident of Ridgefield, WA, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at Legacy Hospital in Vancouver, WA. She was born Dec. 22, 1956 in Vancouver to William and Mary Bochart, second child of four siblings. Lorrie attended Ridgefield School District, played volleyball, was in F.F.A., President of Girl’s League, and was an extremely active cheerleader during numerous sport seasons. Lorrie was a devout Ridgefield Spudder, and proudly raised four sweet little spuds along the way: Jim, Sam, Bill and Adam.
Lorrie met her husband Dan at VIP’s Restaurant over the coffee counter. They were married April 8, 1978, and together for 43 years, providing a wonderful home.
Lorrie’s work life started at a very young age as a farm worker picking berries and beans, then during high school she became a very efficient waitress at VIP’s, Ron’s Century House, and Graham’s Bakery in Hazel Dell. Lorrie’s next job involved constructing mobile homes for Barrington-Fleetwood in Woodland, WA, where she became highly skilled in molding application and final finish. Soon Lorrie became a loving, devoted homemaker, wife and mother who also found a way to juggle work at the Ridgefield Post Office.
The next change of employment was a blessing and a triumph. Lorrie became an educator at Ridgefield School District as a Reading Specialist, changing the lives of hundreds of children. For many years she also dedicated herself to serve as the Ridgefield Classified Association Co-President protecting employee rights and working conditions. Another highly significant contribution in Lorrie’s professional life was serving the Ridgefield Community as Coordinator of the Cispus Environmental Outdoor School program for 8 years. Not only did she organize and perform all technological responsibilities of the program, Lorrie also conducted the intense training of high school counselors and chaperones for Cispus.
After 28+ years of service to Ridgefield Schools, Lorrie retired, finally earning a well-deserved rest and time for hobbies. Lorrie was an avid reader, collector of children’s books, crocheted intricate doilies and lace, and designed and created beautiful jewelry. She had an incredibly green thumb and flowers were her greatest joy.
Lorrie is survived by her husband, Dan; children, James (Kelcey) Rushing, Samuel Rushing, William Rushing, Adam (Ashley) Rushing; mother, Mary Bochart; siblings, Jeff (Adrian) Bochart, Michael (Andrea) Bochart, Judy Bochart; grandchildren, Sage and Sawyer; 9 nieces, 25 nephews, and many grandnieces and nephews.
Lorrie was predeceased by her father, William Bochart.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church in Salmon Creek, WA. Pastor Brian Larson to officiate.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Lorrie’s chosen charity.
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 4, 2022.
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Ben and Denise Gardner-Young
January 6, 2022
Kent and Diana Bennett
January 6, 2022
Lorrie was the best friend anyone could ever ask for. No matter how much time had passed, she always made you feel like she had just talked to you yesterday. The amount of kindness and love she gave others was immeasurable. She left a huge impact on so many, including me. I will miss you dear friend.
Denise Gardner-Young
January 5, 2022
Denise Gardner-Young
January 5, 2022
Lorrie worked for me (Ron's Century House) while she was in high school. It was with great pleasure that I met her later at a Ridgefield High School sports event. I was mayor at the time and It was wonderful to talk "Ridgefield" and her roots here in our wonderful small city. I always thought her a special person who was full of life and positive thoughts about others. She was especially proud of her sons and family. I mourn her passing because her life was so vibrant for those around her.
Ronald Onslow
January 5, 2022
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