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Lora Thomas Whitfield was born on June 29, 1970 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to the late Violet “Betty” Thomas and Arthur Thomas.
Lora grew up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and as a young girl she attended New Herrnhut Moravian Church. She graduated from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in 1988 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. There she attended DeVry University and majored in Computer Science. Along the way she met a charming man who later became her husband – the late Mr. Quincy Whitfield.
Lora and Quincy moved to Vancouver, Washington for work opportunities and an environment to raise their children. At first she was unsure of what contributions she wanted to make in this world. Someone told her she would make more money in corporate but she still had this longing to become a teacher. Lora attended Clark College where she earned an Associate degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and Bi-Cultural Development from Pacific Oaks College.
As a faculty member at Clark College, she served on the Clark College Early Childhood Advisory Committee, the Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council, the State Board Faculty of Color Mentorship Program, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Lora enjoyed fellowship with church members and being house church host. She was a member of the Vancouver run grub and chug running club of Vancouver, Washington. Her two grandchildren Braylon and DJ were the love of her life. She was affectionately known to them as “Lala”.
Memories of Lora will live forever in the lives of; her children, sons, Delano King of Vancouver, Washington; and Quinton Whitfield (Crystal) of Kennewick, Washington; daughter, Quinita Whitfield of San Diego, California; and Grandsons, Braylon King and DJ King of Vancouver, Washington.
Lora is leaving behind a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.