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Loree Windsor Cortez

Loree Windsor Cortez

Loree Windsor Cortez, 91, of Ashland, died February 18, 2008 at home.

Born on July 10, 1916 in Pendleton, Ore., Loree Windsor was the eldest of three children born to Fredrick Windsor and Florence Bowman Windsor. Loree was a direct descendant of the Bowman clan which homesteaded large tracts of land in the Pendleton area and the surrounding Blue Mountains, after arriving over the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800's. In Pendleton, she studied the violin, became a champion swimmer at St. Joseph's Academy, and demonstrated her prowess as a horsewoman, riding in the opening ceremonies of the Pendleton


Loree studied journalism at the University of Oregon. She used to joke that she covered

women's winter sports (there weren't any in those days). At Oregon, she joined Delta Gamma sorority and met John H. (Jack) Enders, an Ashland native. They married during World War II, living in Texas and Bolivia, where he was a pilot instructor as a Lt. Colonel in the Army Air Force. After the war, they returned to Ashland and Medford, bringing up three children and spending summers at the family cabin at Lake of the Woods, where she produced sumptuous meals for many over a wood stove. Loree and Jack separated in 1955.

While living in the Rogue Valley, Loree was a charter member of the Junior Service League (now Rogue Valley Junior League), participating in the annual Charity Ball, revues, and the JSL Fashion Show - eventually with her two daughters. She also volunteered as a Red Cross driver in those years.

Loree fulfilled a dream of living in Hawaii when she married John Cortez, and moved to

Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. There they established and operated The Greenhouse, the first plant shop and nursery in Kona. She was a long-time member of the Outdoor Circle, Kona's garden club. It was always said that Loree could grow anything, she had a lifelong love of all things green. In 1988, Loree and John moved to Ashland to be close to children and

grandchildren, and enjoyed being one of the liveliest couples at Mountain View Retirement Residence, where they danced and participated in costume parties and John played the

ukelele. After 32 years of marriage, their devoted partnership came to an end, when John died, in the fall of 2002.

A woman of talent and skill, she was a painter, a writer, and loved the violin. She was known for her knitting and crafts projects, and as a mother, for her renowned children's parties.

Loree Cortez is survived by her three children, Tanya Enders Beach and her husband, Gary Beach of Healdsburg, Calif., and her daughters, Bethany Cotton of Portland and Megan Cotton of Cadiz, Spain; Victoria Enders Hinsley and her husband, Curtis Hinsley of Sedona, Ariz.; and John H. Enders, Jr., of Ashland and his wife, Anne Cannon Enders, and his son, John Daniel Enders of Medford and daughter, Aimee Enders of Sevilla, Spain; two great-granddaughters, Jade and Hope Enders. Her brothers, Darold (Duke) and Donal Windsor preceded her in death.

Loree was kindly served for a number of years by the professional and patient care of

Dr. Patrick Honsinger, Ashland, and in her last weeks by the kind and loving people at Willow House in Phoenix, and by the angels of Ashland Hospice.

A private family service was held in Ashland.

Loree Windsor Cortez