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Lenore Lee Sauer

May 18, 1952 - June 15, 2016Lenore Lee Sauer passed away at Rogue Regional Medical Center after a 2-year struggle with cancer. She was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend.Lenore lived her entire life in the Rogue Valley. She spent more than 30 years as a devoted and caring special education teacher in elementary schools throughout southern Oregon touching the lives of countless children and families. Lenore also belonged to several sewing and craft groups where she created beautiful quilts and pillows. More than anything, she loved her annual pilgrimages to Disneyland with her son, Michael.Lenore is survived by her son, Michael Sauer and mother, Dorothy Hunt, both of Medford, Ore.; her brother, Lon Hunt of Vancouver, Wash.; sister-in-law, Sherry Hunt of Albany, Ore.; nieces, Jennifer Hatfield of Medford and Gina Maderos of Sacramento and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lenore will also be terribly missed by her many students and friends, all of whom were fortunate to have experienced her genuine sense of humor, honesty, and thoughtfulness.The following poem by Edgar A. Guest, chosen by her mother, Dorothy, aptly describes how Lenore lived her life. "I'd like to think when life is done   That I had filled a needed post,      That here and there I'd paid my fare            With more than idle talk and boast:            That I had taken gifts divine,            The breath of life and manhood fine,           And tried to use them now and thenIn service of my fellow men."No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made in Lenore's name to Sanctuary One animal sanctuary at sanctuaryone.org.