Alta Helen Cannell
1917 - 2020
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July 1, 1917 ˜ December 8, 2020

Alta Helen Horn Cannell of Vancouver, WA, passed away Dec. 8, 2020. She was 103. She was born to Josie and Arba Horn in Vancouver, their only surviving child.
After graduating from Fort Vancouver High School in 1936, Alta continued to make Vancouver her lifelong home where she enjoyed working in various caregiving roles including a veterinarian’s office, a doctor’s office, and as an elevator operator in the Medical Arts Building. Alta was married to Kenneth Shouse for 23 years and Lewis Walker for 17 years.
An amazing cook and an accomplished gardener, Alta’s home was always a place where friends and family wanted to gather. She was artistic with an eye for design and enjoyed painting. She had a wonderful sense-of-humor and added a comedic element to every story she told. Later in life she had many happy years and made many happy memories with her loving husband, Robert (Bob) Cannell, and her lifelong best friend, Bena Marsh, who both preceded her in death.
As she wished, her final resting place will be beside her late husband, Bob, at Northwoods Cemetery in Ridgefield, WA. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dorina’s Adult Foster Care for the kind and loving care they provided.
Alta is survived by daughter, Paula Shouse Paladeni; grandchildren, Scott Reamer (Brittney) and Lisa Van Tilburg; great-grandchildren, Michael, Sage, Christopher, Josie, Celeste, Anellise, Ariana and Allie; and great-great-grandchildren, Remi and Cooper.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Vancouver.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 30, 2020.
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