Lanore Corbin Cady

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lanore Corbin Cady May 23, 1921 -- Feb. 3, 2011

Lanore passed away in her sleep at home in her beloved Scotland, Ind.

Lanore was born in Owensburg. Her family moved to Burns City where she attended High School and then settled permanently on a beautiful farm in Scotland.

Lanore attended the University of Indiana until she joined the United States Navy in 1942 at the beginning of WW II. She was an Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class, at NAS Livermore when she met her future husband Lt. James Cady. They would remain happily married for 50 years.

After the war they lived in Arcata, Calif., where Lanore graduated with honors from Humboldt State University while raising their two sons. She began an art career that would eventually lead to her becoming an extraordinary artist, world renowned calligrapher, noted author, poet, and inspiring educator. She developed a style of combining pen and ink watercolors, calligraphy, and poetry that was unsurpassed. Her renowned book "Houses and Letters" was published in 1977. Lanore was very active in the community on both a local and state level. She started the "Save the Victorians" movement in Northern California and was responsible for the eventual renovation of many Victorian style houses. She founded and operated both the Candy Stick Studio, and the Ingomar art galleries. Lanore designed projects for the State Capitol and served as Director for the Humboldt Arts Council.

Lanore truly enjoyed educating and inspiring people. She taught Art and Calligraphy from grade school through college. She was awarded Lifetime Teaching Credentials in both Art Education and Community College Fine Arts.

When her husband retired in 1980 they moved back to Scotland. She quickly became part of the community where her enthusiasm and work ethic was so inspiring. She tirelessly worked for the Shawnee Theatre and many other local organizations. For 20 years she held free summer art classes for the children of Greene County at her Brick Star Studio. Her art career flourished and she was proud to be the Fine Arts judge for the Indiana State Fair for 10 years. Upon her husband's passing in 1992, Lanore retired and fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling the world. She was able to visit the great art centers in England, France, Turkey, Egypt, China and others.

She deeply enjoyed her affiliation with the local Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 9297 and was their first woman lifetime member. She was also a proud member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Society for Scribes and Illuminators, London; Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco; Board of Directors, Shawnee Theatre; Scotland Historical Society; US Navy Waves Association, and many others.

In 2001 Lanore was selected as Distinguished Alumni of the Year for Humboldt State University. Truly a Renaissance Woman, not even the onset of Alzheimer's could dim her spirit or her smile.

Lanore is survived by her sister Nina Mulay, her sons, Bill and John Cady, and her grandson, Peter.

She is preceded by her parents Luther and Iva Corbin, her siblings Albert and Verna Mae, and her loving husband, Jim Cady.

Her service will be at Jenkins Mortuary in Bloomfield noon on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 with the Rev. Brent Meyer presiding. Friends and family will gather at 11 a.m. The family wishes any donations be made in Lanore's name to the Bloomfield High School Art Department or the Alzheimer's Association. Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at .