Mark Storms was in his family lumber business in Fort Madison, Iowa when he met Doris Jordan, an art teacher at the local high school. They married and in 1944 they moved with their two young daughters, Suzanne and Mary, to Eugene, Oregon. Throughout their years in Eugene, they further welcomed Rosemary, Kathryn, Mark Jr., Anna, Carol, and Gloria to the family.
Mr. Storms was involved in the lumber industry of Oregon, starting Monroe Lumber Company, owning timber land and further establishing mills in Toledo, Cheshire, Danebo and Riddle. In 1958, Mr. Storms sold his lumber interests and invested in oil and natural gas in Canada. He sold out all of his interests six months before his death on August 10, 1972.
Mark and Doris Storms were involved in their community and gave privately and generously to many organizations. After Mr. Storms died, Mrs. Storms became active in the pro-life movement with Oregon Right to Life and the National Right to Life Foundation. She believed strongly that all life had value and should not be devalued. She died on May 7, 2007, after living an active life that exemplified her beliefs.
The Storms Family Foundation would not be in existence without the hard work and generosity of Mark and Doris Storms. Family life was very important to them. Often they would say, “We welcomed each and every child.” Thus, their commitment to family and their respect for life will be continued through the Storms Family Foundation.
She is mother to Erin, Duncan, and Meredith. She has long been active in nonprofit organizations, in both Eugene and Portland. In addition to her volunteer work, she owned and ran a successful small business. Upon selling her business, she returned to school and received a law degree from the University of Oregon.
She has served on the boards of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, formerly the University of Oregon Museum of Art, Hoyt Arboretum, Hearing and Speech Institute and The Dougy Center.
She is currently involved in fund raising and development activities for the Dougy Center, Playwrite, OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and Portland Japanese Garden. Her passion and energy are devoted to women’s and children’s issues. She strongly believes that the embodiment of true poverty means “no money, no power, and no beauty.”
She has three adult children; John, Sarah, and Charles, and a granddaughter, Natalia. Rosemary has been actively involved with two crisis pregnancy centers, Birthright and 1st Way. In addition, she works with Rachel's Vineyard, a post-abortion healing ministry.
She helped to establish Project Aurora and serves on their board, which is now an umbrella non-profit organization for Rachel's Vineyard, Strategies 4 Success, and Family Honor and Courage. She is committed to the idea of caring for the mother and child and believes that one helps the child by helping the mother.
Rosemary has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Oregon and currently teaches piano. She sings in her church choir, enjoys knitting and French Hand-sewing, selling her items at various specialty stores. Rosemary currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.
She and her husband, Grant, currently live in Portland, Oregon. They have three children, Grant Jr., Matthew and Molly, and two beautiful granddaughters, Emma and Isabel. She is also an avid equestrian.
Anna’s received her higher education at the University of Arizona in Tucson where she majored in Business Administration.
Her focus within the Foundation is support for the women and children of Ethiopia.