Anita Gordon Van Kuren, 89, of The Dalles, Ore., formerly of Naples, Fla., died July 13, 2013.
She was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Cumberland, R.I., to Henry William Gordon and Alice Eugenia (Fortin) Gordon. She graduated from Central High School, Providence, R.I., in 1940 and completed Edgewood Secretarial School in 1942.
She married Aubrey “Van” Harry Van Kuren on Dec. 20, 1943, in Warwick, R.I. They were married 65 years.
Anita and Van moved to Port Saxon, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1972 from Greenwich, Ct., where they enjoyed sailing their boat, gardening and working in the woods.
She was a bookkeeper, secretary, and fashion design artist. She was a member of Gateway Presbyterian Church, The Dalles.
She is survived by her daughters: Barbara Sue Van Kuren and her husband, Floyd Boyce, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Jane Ellen Van Kuren Welp, The Dalles, Ore.; two grandchildren: Mason Andrew Welp and his fiancé, Meegan McDonald, Mill Creek, Wash.; and Melissa Kiel (Welp) McKinney and her husband, Matthew McKinney, Sherwood, Ore.; four great-grandchildren, Riley Matthew McKinney, Caden William Welp, Asher Van Kuren Welp, Britton Alivia Alt; a sister in law, Helen (Van Kuren) Bodden, Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother in law, Carl Van Kuren, Northport, Fla., and his five children: David, Kevin, Mark, Lisa and Cheryl, all of whom live on the East Coast
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Aubrey “Van” Harry Van Kuren, her parents; her siblings, Madeline (Gordon) Brooks, Franklin Gordon, Roland Gordon; her sister-in-law, Nancy Gayle Van Kuren; and her brother-in-law, Joseph P. Bodden.
A memorial service will be Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road, The Dalles, with Pastor Tim Vance officiating. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home and Win-Quatt Crematory are in charge of the arrangements.
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