CORT—Carola Cort, 62, of Florence, passed away quietly on Saturday, April 13, 2013, after visits and hugs from her two brothers and many of her friends.
She was born in Rio de Janeiro on March 17, 1951.
Carola’s parents were Myrtle Eberle Cort and Charles Bond Cort. The family was living in Brazil at the time for Charles’ work.
Carola had lived in Florence for six years in her house near Woahink Lake on Collins Loop. Previously, she lived in Payson, Ariz., and San Diego, Calif.
She had adopted her beloved Chinese crested dogs from far and near and provided love and a home for so many of them. Before passing, she made sure all of them found new homes where they would be cared for as she would have herself.
A long-time and passionate member of the Florence Garden Club and participant in the Tour of Gardens to raise funds for the Florence Area Humane Society, Carola loved her garden and loved sharing it with others.
A favorite pastime was driving the Oregon coast and enjoying the sights and scenery. She loved walking with her dogs up to Heceta Head Lighthouse and did that often. Trips to Newport for good food were a treat also.
Carola started the popular MerDog grooming shop and quickly became a favorite. When she became ill, she was lucky to find someone to keep the shop open and it continues today.
Her family remembers her strength and her peacefulness when stricken with cancer. She was helped tremendously by the great generosity at Peace Harbor Hospital by many of the doctors and staff there, particularly Dr. William Day, who became a great friend as well as doctor to her.
Donations to Peace Harbor Hospital in Carola’s name would be appreciated by the family, and support for cancer cures also would honor her memory.
She is survived by her brothers: David, in San Pedro, Calif., and Craig, in Sarasota, Fla.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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