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Addie Conner

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

obit AdeleneAddie went home to be with her Lord Jesus on the first day of spring 2012.

She was born in LaGrande, Ore., in 1914 and shortly thereafter her family moved to Aberdeen, Wash., where Addie received her AA degree from Grays Harbor Junior College. In 1935 she moved to Los Angeles to attend Southwestern University, but because it was the Depression era, she quit school to go to work at Bullock’s, becoming chief claims clerk for all Bullock’s Department Stores in the Los Angeles area.

Back in Washington, she became supervisor of the Gas Tax Refund Division, Dept. of Licenses, in Olympia.  The Motor Fuel Tax Law was changed based on her recommendation.

When she moved back to California, she worked in the Chapter Personnel Division of the American Red Cross in the Pacific area office.  Once again she submitted recommended changes, this time in office forms, and the changes were accepted.

She volunteered as a Gray Lady and a canteen aide at Fort Miley and worked with U.S. Crop Corps in the fields to help save California’s crops.

Bob Conner got leave from the Navy and married Addie May 5, 1945, in the Navy Chapel on Treasure Island.  They moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where Bob had a law practice.

Besides raising four children, Addie was quite active in the community as a Bluebird and Campfire Girls leader for 10 years.  During the 9.2 great Alaska earthquake of 1964, she had, because she was executive secretary of the Chelan-Douglas County Chapter of the Red Cross, a unique opportunity to be helpful in that disaster.

In the mid-80s, after husband Bob and son Bob Jr. had died, Addie moved to Kirkland, to be near her two brothers and two daughters.  She was active in Eastside Garden Club, Welcome Wagon and Bible Study Fellowship.  Her silk and dried flower arrangements were sold at local markets and craft fairs.  Addie was, in her own words, “devoted to helping young married women,” many of whom called her their second mom and formed the “Second Mom’s Club.”  Many people, especially her three surviving children Christine (of Kirkland), Midge (of Kirkland) and John (of Colville) will miss “mom.”

A celebration of her life will be held in the chapel at Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Road, Redmond, on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m.

To read more about Addie and sign the guest book, go to www.christineconner.com.

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