Annabelle M. "Ann" Alexander

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ANNABELLE "ANN" M. ALEXANDER
November 6, 1923 ~ October 17, 2016

Annabelle M. Alexander, 92, of Gladstone, OR, passed away on Oct. 17, 2016. She was born in Thatcher, OR and graduated from Forest Grove High School.
Ann married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Alexander in June 1943, at Duke University Chapel in Des Moines, IA. Ann's husband was a pilot and flying instructor in the Army Air Corp in World War II.
After the war, Ann and her husband returned to Oregon. After her husband completed his degree at Oregon State University, the family moved to Vancouver, WA. Ann worked as a secretary in the Vancouver School District while raising her three children. The family enjoyed their summers boating on the Columbia River in the sailboat that Ann's husband built.
Ann was anxious to complete her education and received a B.A. from Portland State University. She continued her education with a scholarship from University of Oregon and earned her Master's degree in Counseling. Ann was a counselor at Portland State University until she retired in 1983. She also taught several classes in sex education at Portland State during her counseling career. Ann co- authored a book with a colleague titled "Counseling Couples."
After her retirement, the Alexanders traveled extensively, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Ann loved planning and coordinating the details of their trips. She was a woman of boundless energy and enjoyed the task of planning their destinations and adventures with her husband.
Ann is survived by her children: Nancy Ann Miller (Art), Tim Alexander (Susie), Steve Alexander (Laurie); six grandchildren: Heather Hensley (Adam), Tiffany Ingarson (Tom), Gretchen Alexander, Krista Letsch (Werner), Matt Alexander, Sam Alexander (Alicia); and seven great-grandchildren.
Ann will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery, beside her husband Jerry.
Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center.
Please sign Ann's guest books at www.anewtradition.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Nov. 6, 2016
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