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Keepers of the Clan
The Keepers of the Clan memorials are for those dedicated CPCRN members who have passed away while working as an active volunteer within Col. Potter. These volunteers, giving of their heart and time to find a happy forever after for our little Cairns, always have a place in our hearts, but now can be shared with others visiting this wall. Please hold them in your heart while they pass over the Rainbow Bridge, with so many of our Cairns dancing alongside them.
One of the most wonderful things we have in rescue, are those people that are a big part of our lives, supporting us and all our efforts. Larry was one of those wonderful people, the big part of our Kathie Rudy. He left this earth on April 21, 2018 very unexpectedly. We say life is measured by how many people will miss us when we are gone. Many people will miss dear Larry. Until we see you again...
Col. Potter lost another wonderful friend on March 20, 2018. Christel Johnson, Foster Home, Transporter, Lover of Cairns and everything CP, left this earthly plane after a courageous battle with cancer. Chris was a friend to everyone that met her, she was one of those people you carry in your heart always. Chris is right now cuddling with all our little ones that went ahead of her at the Bridge, and will be there to greet those that are still with us. Farewell dear, dear friend, you have left a hole in all our hearts.
On March 6, 2018, a true angel headed for the Rainbow Bridge. Our dear Jeanine Diesel left us unexpectedly. Jeanine was a foster home, transport volunteer, and all around wonderful CP family member. We are devastated at this loss and know there are many little furry ones there, waiting to have a turn on her lap. We will surely miss you dear friend.
On December 7, 2017 one of our dear Col. Potter sisters gained her angel wings. Colleen was a foster home, participant in many of our programs and just one of those wonderful souls we will never forget. She is now at the Bridge with her beloved Scarlet - looking down and watching over us. We will miss you, Colleen. Thanks for all you gave us.
In November 2017 we lost a wonderful woman we all came to know and love. Kaye Kjorlaug, mom to our Lisa Neal, gained her wings. She not only did many transports, but she was also one of our cherished foster home moms. We envision SO many Cairns taking turns on her lap on the other side. Thank you Kaye, for being our friend...until we see you again.
On November 6, 2017 Col. Potter lost one of its family members. Geri was an all around volunteer, a fundraiser, a wonderful foster home and a true friend to all of us. There are many, many CP Cairns at the Bridge, who have just been waiting for Geri to arrive. We will miss you so, until we meet again.
In May 2017, Col. Potter lost a wonderful family member and volunteer, Wendy Dana, after fighting the good fight against cancer. Wendy never missed an opportunity to help whether it be to transport, foster, or play a role in the approval process of our adoptive homes. Farewell dear friend. We know you had a wonderful greeting at the Rainbow Bridge.
The Col. Potter family lost another member on May 11, 2017. Jerry Barton, friend, volunteer, foster home, mentor and just terrific fellow. His quick wit and dry sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Farewell Jerry, until we meet again.
Col. Potter lost another dear friend on September 6, 2016 when volunteer and foster home Kirk Jensen lost his battle with cancer and went to the Rainbow Bridge. We know he is there now with many a Cairn on his lap to love. Kirk's two Cairns are in their new forever home and doing very well.
We lost our dear friend Paul on August 11, 2016 after he realized that a trip to the hospital would be his last. He made arrangements from the ER to have his boys come into Col. Potter. His last thought was for them. Paul was an adoptive home and participated in our PR events. He will be sorely missed. Until we meet again dear friend...
CP lost a dear friend in June 2016. Charlotte Anderson, a foster home and long time volunteer for Col. Potter, crossed the Bridge to be with her Cairns. Charlotte departed very unexpectedly and left us all feeling very lost. Farewell dear friend, we will see you on the other side. Charlotte had made plans for her Cairns in the event of her passing, just showing what an amazing woman she was.
Earl Byers; our Daddy-O, our Golden Eagle, veteran of three wars (WW II, Korea and Vietnam) and beloved Father to our sister and volunteer Terri Bruno, crossed with the angels on December 19, 2015, on his beloved wife's birthday. He was loved by us all, and will be sorely missed. As he joins Terri's Mom, his Chihuahua babies and all our Cairns have another lap to sit on now, at the Bridge.
Ron Kowalski left his earthly bonds after a valiant fight against cancer, on December 17, 2015. Ron was one of our most wonderful foster homes, moving many, many CP dogs through his loving arms. Ron was a warm and loving man with a hard knock exterior that we all loved and we will miss him always. The Cairns that were fortunate enough to be guided by his gentle, loving hands, carry him with them as do each of us.
Betty Richardson, past President and charter member of the Cascade Cairn Terrier Club is now an angel watching over our fur kids, leaving us in August 2015. Those of you who knew Betty know that she had a feisty personality and intense love for the Cairn Terrier. Betty will be remembered for her beautiful paintings and art that some of us are lucky enough to own, her quick wit and generosity.
The “Captain” has left the helm. Our friend Wayne Stainback, beloved husband of Ann, passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in early December 2014, very unexpectedly. Wayne was a long time Col. Potter family member belonging to the Promotion Team as well as doing many transports, many projects and fostered many, many Col. Potter kids over the many years he was with us. His loss is felt very deeply by us all and he will be missed forever.
Donald Swanz, husband to Kim Dodge Swanz, left this earthly plane in June 2014, after a valiant battle against cancer. Donald was a generous DH (Dog Husband) and a beloved member of the Col. Potter Family. Donald will be truly missed, but we can all imagine the greeting he received at the Rainbow Bridge.
Marlene Tingler passed away on November 10, 2013 after fighting the good fight against cancer. Marlene was a steadfast volunteer and touched us all with her strength and bravery. She will be terribly missed. Marlene’s husband Chuck will carry the flame for the Cairns in their life.
CP's dear friend Peggy John of CT, passed on August 19, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was Mo Keslar's mom and so LOVED by Cairns - she made blanket after blanket and many other wonderful things to help us save more Cairns. Peggy will be very sorely missed by all of her CP Family.
Patricia Augustine passed away on Sunday July 29, 2012. Pat was a long time member of the CP family making countless wonderful pieces of embroidery filled with Cairn love. She will be missed by all, but surely by her family - Karin Maeys and Mike Oppeau.
Richard Jones, husband to CP's Kaaren Jones, of KS was surely a keeper of the clan. Richard passed in February 2012 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Dick's is the lap the Cairns at the Bridge are sitting on right now.
Carol Loeb, who was also affectionately known as "Sister Bubbles," passed after a courageous battle with cancer on January 22, 2011. Carol will be remembered as a fellow volunteer, a sister and a special heart-friend to all of us. The pain we all feel is tremendous, but we take comfort in knowing that Carol left this earth to continue her work for the Cairns at the Rainbow Bridge. We are sure when she arrived they all scurried over to greet her. You are so missed dear friend, but know all your hard work is surely paying off. With you looking over our shoulders, we will continue to help the Cairns that need us.
Diane Hard died quietly and quite unexpectedly in her sleep on July 10, 2010 after spending a full day at a family reunion surrounded by her loved ones. Diane attended our MO CRAP June 18, 2010 and thankfully, we all got to spend a little time with her. Her three CP Cairns have come back into rescue to be surrounded by love until they find a new forever home. Diane will be sorely missed.
Darlene Rodgers, friend to all who knew her, even if only briefly, lost her battle with cancer in March 2010. Darlene was a true volunteer for CP and we all miss her so. Darlene joined her best pal "Jolly" at the Bridge.
Jude Brandt died unexpectedly at home on December 23rd, 2009. Jude was mom to five Cairns and had the foresight to make sure all her fur kids were taken care of. They all came into CP and all were adopted into the same home. Sadly, shortly after Jude crossed the bridge, she was joined by one of her beloved Cairns who died quietly in her sleep in her new home in January 2010. Together again.
Mary Lou Shobe was hit by a drunk driver while walking with her little Toto. While Toto survived, Mary Lou succumbed to her injuries on December 5th, 2008. Mary Lou was a warm and loving friend and her loss struck us all to the core. She knows we are carrying the torch for her in CP.
Pat McKinney passed after a courageous battle with cancer on August 3, 2007. Pat was integral in the forming of CP and kept us all on the "right path" with her moderating of our messages. Pat loved her Cairns and showed in conformation for many years. She is with all those Cairns now, across the Rainbow Bridge.
Lee Merkel died unexpectedly on June 12, 2007. Lee, along with his partner, Ellie Moran, worked tirelessly together in many aspects of Col. Potter. Lee is coaching from the Bridge, to make sure Ellie and all of us, continue in the quest to help these little dogs.
Enrique Calzada died in a bus crash on November 11, 2006. Together with his wife Mary, Enrique transported, fostered, and adopted many Cairns. We know that he is watching over all of us still.