Aug 312012

The world forever changed on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, when Lorri Jean Cavins, 53, died following a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer. A special memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the White Mountain Christian Church, 2866 Tall Pine Road in Show Low, where Pastor Rod Marshall will officiate.
Lorri was born on May 7, 1959, in Brawley, Calif., to her father, the late Frank Bigger, and her mother, Phyllis (Gorham) Bigger.
She was a gifted student and, at an early age, understood the value of having a good solid education. She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro, Calif., in 1977. Later, she attended San Diego State University in California, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. Finally, Lorri received her master’s degree in Administration of Education from Redlands University, also in California. 

Lorri loved teaching younger children. While teaching, her favorite students were those found in the kin-dergarten and first grade classes! With all of her heart, she loved teaching others and made a lifetime com-mitment to do so. She also spent three years at the State of Arizona Deaf and Blind School located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, a position she truly loved, and appreciated the privilege of tending to the special needs of those wonderful children. 

When Lorri wasn’t busy in the classroom, she frequently could be found at local garage sales and second-hand stores looking for antiques and other things she considered to be “treasures.” She would take those old and worn out items and with a lot of labor and love, turned them into beautiful “new” treasures for everyone to appreciate.
Lorri was truly a family person and loved to spend as much time as she possibly could with her own fam-ily. She was so very proud of her husband and three children, and had a special love and bond with the rest of her extended family, including her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The love she received from her mother was a source of strength to her throughout her life, and she was able to pass that same care, consideration and respect along to her own children. 

She truly will be missed by everyone who had the honored privilege to know her.
Lorri is survived by her large family, including her husband, Don Cavins of Show Low; three children, Noah Cavins, Phillip Cavins and Donielle Cavins, all of Show Low; her mother, Phyllis Gorham of Show Low; two sisters, Terri (Buddy) Burke of Bakersfield, Calif., and Sherri (Mark) Hall of El Centro; one brother, William Cook of El Centro; three stepsons, Sean Cavins (Tania) of Lexington, Ky., Mike (Heather) Cavins of Marysville, Ohio, and Wes Cavins of Perris, Calif.; and five stepgrandchildren, as well as her ex-tended family members and close friends.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.