March 20, 2019 — Arlyne Billie Heath, 84, died of natural causes Feb. 6, 2019, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., where she had recently moved in with her daughter, Andrea Heath, and her husband, Craig Solomon.
Prior to that move, Lyn had lived in Florence OR since 1993.
Lyn Heath was born June 29, 1934 and was raised in Jump River, Wisc., by William and Hazel Carpenter.
Spending her early years on a farm in northern Wisconsin, Lyn grew up with a great affection for all animals — pets, domesticated and wild — and this passion continued throughout her lifetime as she volunteered her time and financial support to the Oregon Coast Humane Society in Florence, the ASPCA and the Humane Society.
She attended Sheldon High School and Beloit College, both in Wisconsin, and modeled in Minneapolis, Minn., in the 1950s before she met and married Donald A. Heath from Chicago, Ill. Together, they raised two daughters Terri Heath Ward (John Ward) and Andra Tammi Heath (Craig Solomon) in Rockford, Ill., and Butte des Morts, Wisc., near Oshkosh — where Lyn worked at Lenox Fine China and Gifts as a display designer.
In that capacity, she traveled across the U.S. setting up showrooms, display windows, convention booths and winning awards as National Display Designer and Lenox Employee of the Year.
In retirement, these skills were on display at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital and Medical Center’s Gift Shop in Florence, where Lyn volunteered her time for more than a decade — first as a window display designer and eventually as manager and purchasing agent.
She regularly volunteered at Florence Food Share as well.
Lyn is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters: Leona Glidden, Lucille Almond and Gladys Charland and their husbands; and her own husband, Donald A. Heath in 2011; also, her beloved cat, Brinks.
She is survived by two daughters: Terri (in Eugene, Ore.) and Andra (in Mt. Vernon, Wash.); their husbands: John and Craig: and two granddaughters: Ariel Heath Stavitsky, of Portland, Ore., and Zina Heath Stavitsky, of Reno, Nev.
A celebration of life for Lyn Heath will be held Sunday, April 14, in a room at the Florence Event Center in Florence for family and friends of Lyn.
The celebration will begin at 2 p.m., with a small reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers for the family, please consider a gift to the Oregon Coast Humane Society in Florence (OCHS) in Lyn Heath’s honor, or the ASPCA fighting for animal rights across the country.