Wanda DeAnn Wilson

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  • "I knew DeAnn from volunteering with her at Fort Vancouver...."
    - Van Meter Hord
  • "I worked with DeAnn from the day I started at Providence..."
    - Candace Ringler
  • "Enjoyed your friendship at Providence. I retired before you..."
    - Cheri Brown
  • "To Gareth, Lance and my darughter-in-law, our thoughts..."
    - Karen Dawson
  • "My condolences to Gareth and the family. I worked with..."
    - Curt Mohler
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September 12, 1939 ~ June 22, 2017

Wanda DeAnn Wilson passed away surrounded by family in Vancouver, Washington on June 22, 2017 after struggling with Neuronopathy since 2015. She was born on September 12, 1939, in Shelly, Idaho. She grew up on a potato farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she learned the value of hard work. She graduated from Bonneville High School in 1957.
After high school, DeAnn attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho and then moved on to complete her degree in Bacteriology at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho in 1961.
She married Gareth Wilson in 1961 and moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where they lived until 1968. That year, the family moved to Bozeman, Montana. DeAnn attended Montana State University, completing her Masters in Microbiology in 1971. In 1973, the family moved to Portland, Oregon. She went to work for Providence Medical Center as the Manager of the Microbiology Laboratory, and as needed, the Chief Medical Technologist. She retired from PMC in 2003 as the Manager of Safety for Providence.
DeAnn enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, the outdoors and traveling extensively to many corners the world. She was active in the Episcopal Church, serving as the Senior Warden at St. Aiden's and St. Luke's in Gresham, Oregon.
After retirement, she continued to stay busy. She volunteered in the paleontology laboratory at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. DeAnn also served as an interpreter at the Chaco Culture national Historical Park in New Mexico and at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington. Additionally, DeAnn volunteered for the Clark County Emergency Response Agency (CRESA), the Clark County Genealogical Society and the Clark County branch of the American Red Cross.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gareth; and her two surviving children, Lance Wilson of Estacada, Oregon and Heather Dawson of Portland, Oregon.
Her youngest son, Sean Wilson, preceded her in 2002.
DeAnn requested no funeral services be held.
The family wishes to thank all of those who loved and cared for her throughout her life.
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Published in The Columbian on July 2, 2017
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