Elizabeth Bjorkman La Du, 75, died unexpectedly Dec. 28. There will be a rosary at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Holy Redeemer, Portland.
She was born Sept. 26, 1941, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Burlingame, California. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning her bachelor of science degree and becoming a registered nurse. Mrs. La Du joined the Army in 1961, where she was commissioned as an officer and served "in an exemplary and meritorious manner" in Vietnam with the Army Nurse Corps. Retiring as Lt. Colonel in 1994. Mrs. La Du earned a master of science degree in women’s health at Oregon Health Sciences University. She served as a nurse practitioner at Providence Hospital and the Multnomah County Health Department.
Mrs. La Du is survived by her husband, Robert La Du, Sr.; her sister, Mary Ann; and brother, Philip; children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth married Robert La Du, Sr., in 1971. Together they helped raise nine children. Mrs. La Du had several passions in addition to nursing. She loved her family and made every holiday special. Mrs. La Du was a gourmet cook and traveled the world, with her husband, sampling recipes and cooking for her family. Her children would often exclaim, "I'd rather have dinner at our parents' house than the best restaurants in Portland."
Mrs. La Du loved doing crossword puzzles and was proud to be able to do the Saturday New York Times Crossword without a dictionary.
She loved nature and was a gardener, bird watcher and hiker. She valued education and service and applied those values in her life. Mrs. La Du spent many hours volunteering at St. André Bessette. She also volunteered regularly with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and various hospices.
When asked what she would like for Christmas, she said she’d like to receive clothes to donate to the Downtown Chapel, St. André Bessette Church.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. André Bessette.