Louanna Marie passed away on June 4, 2017, at The Springs at Mill Creek in The Dalles, Ore. Louanna Marie Grossmiller was born July 4, 1921 in Beavercreek Ore., to Frank and Mary Louise (Mayfield) Grossmiller. At the age of 3 the family, including her brothers Kenneth and George, moved to The Dalles. Louanna attended Court Street School and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1939. After graduation, she went to work as a teller for the United States Bank.
In 1941, Louanna met a Hood River man named Robert Vernon Flint, who happened to work as a teller for the First National Bank in Hood River. They married on May 24, 1942, at The Dalles Congregational Church. On Jan. 21, 1944, their first child, Robert Douglas, was born, on July 28, 1946 their twin girls, Dianne Louise and Doreen Myrtle were born.
Louanna began working as a cook for the Hood River school District in 1951, at Coe Primary School, and May Street School. She was involved in her children’s activities whether it be sports, Cub Scouts, Campfire or church youth group. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi. As Bob became active in the Elks Club, going thru the chairs to Exalted Ruler, they enjoyed many trips to National Elk events. Bob was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor in 1966. After several operations and radiation treatments, Louanna lovingly cared for him until his passing in 1980. She continued to cook at May Street until she was 78 years old. However, after retiring, she decided to return to the school office as a volunteer for two days a week. Miss Lou (as the kids called her) loved helping the students and having candy for the teachers in her drawer. She was also very proud that she was given her driver’s license for eight more years at 93.
She was preceded by her husband Bob, her parents and brothers and special sister-in-law, Eva Windham. She is survived by her children, Doug (Edie) Flint, Dianna (John) Kerr, and Doreen Flint; grandchildren, Nancy, Jeffrey and Amy Flint, Joshua and Andrew Kerr, Brett and Ryan Pearson; great-grandchildren, Caitlynne Reyes, Camden, Eden, London and Irelyn Kerr, Nautis and Finley Kerr, Kole, Bailey and Levi Pearson; great-great-grandchildren, Maggie, Mya, Jaydon and Eyden Reyes.
Private interment with family was held at the Idlewild Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to May Street School building fund with designation to be used for the kitchenette.
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