Cleda Marie Abourezk
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May 14, 1911 ~ August 9, 2015
"She was a very special Mother, Grandmother,
Great-Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandmother."

On August 19, 2015, at age 104+, Cleda Marie Croft Stevens Abourezk passed away in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Eugene, OR and spent most of her life in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area.
She worked as a Secretary/Administrative Assistant.
Cleda lived a full and active life. She travelled around the world and especially enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Mexico. She enjoyed playing golf at Royal Oaks Country Club, finally retiring her clubs at age 98. She was the proud holder of four Holes in One. Bridge was her favorite card game, although she was an awesome gin rummy and cribbage player. A very creative person, Cleda loved painting, weaving and writing.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.E.O. Chapter EV, Columbia View Garden Club and Laura Kendall Seattle Children's Hospital Guild.
Cleda leaves behind her three daughters: Sue Stevens of Tacoma, Sally Bjerklie (Jim) of Snohomish and Sarann Benson (David) of Portland; 5 Grandchildren; 8 Great-Grandchildren; and 1 Great-Great-Grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Abourezk.
A memorial service for Cleda will be held on Mon., Sept. 14th at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 805 SE Ellsworth Rd., Vancouver, WA 98664. Reception to follow at Royal Oaks Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Cleda's honor can be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, The Salvation Army or Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 9, 2015.
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July 28, 2016
Valenda Newell
September 14, 2015
I have the fondest memories of Cleda. Sorry for your loss. I've been thinking of her all day.
Clohe Lumpkin
September 14, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."
September 13, 2015
Carolyn Miller
September 13, 2015
Long time Columbia View Garden Club members always tell the newer members about Cleda as a gardener to aspire to.
Susan Wolff
September 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Cleda was a special woman who was before her time. She showed us all how to really live life!
Linda Haines
September 11, 2015
I remember Cleda & Joe from my earliest State Farm Insurance days. He had retired while I was still in Washington Auto Claims & before my own lengthy agency career. Condolences to the family. Cleda & Joe were true State Farm Pioneers.
Esther Schrader
September 10, 2015
To Cleda's family:
I had the pleasure of playing many golf games with Cleda, Bonnie, and Norma. She was quite a sport and friend. She lived a great, long life like my mother-in-law who made it to 106. Since I moved to Maine in 106, I have depended on Bonnie to keep me up to date. My deepest sympathy, Irene Michaud Sevey.
irene Michaud sevey
September 9, 2015
Our thoughts are with you all.....what an achievement living for 104 years! She was a positive and generous lady. I am sure if my mother were alive she would shed a tear for Cleda.

Terry Cornelius and family
Terry Cornelius
September 9, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Annie Horne
September 8, 2015
To the Abourezk family:
My heartfelt sympathis go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring you some comfort. Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
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