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Jerry and Louvenia “Lou” Smith were the adventurous types. Retired by their late 50s, they spent two decades sailing the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. One of their sons got a job in the Northwest and the couple started driving the 2,800 miles each way to visit their grandsons. Soon they had moved to Vancouver, Wash.
But within eight months, Lou would be dead. Cancer.
Jerry struggled with grief following his wife’s death. He was particularly gripped by the reality of his new surroundings. Jerry was thousands of miles away from home and friends, with only the familiar faces of his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren to call upon for comfort.
Some of the respite he sought was found by giving to others. Jerry reached out to Clark College Foundation and set up scholarships for nursing students. He had found his solace.
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