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In Memory of

Ann Elizabeth Trees

February 6, 1928 - March 25, 2015

Obituary


Ann Elizabeth Trees was born February 6th, 1928, in Delta, Utah, to John and Elizabeth Hocklander. She was 5th in a family of 10 children, which included 6 sisters, and 3 brothers.
When Ann was approximately 5 years-old, her Father's job prospects took them from Utah to Idaho. The family eventually settled in Gooding, Idaho.
Ann attended school up through the 8th grade. She then started working, earning money to help her family financially. She worked at Oakley's, which was an ice cream shop. It was during this time that she met Tom.
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Ann Elizabeth Trees was born February 6th, 1928, in Delta, Utah, to John and Elizabeth Hocklander. She was 5th in a family of 10 children, which included 6 sisters, and 3 brothers.
When Ann was approximately 5 years-old, her Father's job prospects took them from Utah to Idaho. The family eventually settled in Gooding, Idaho.
Ann attended school up through the 8th grade. She then started working, earning money to help her family financially. She worked at Oakley's, which was an ice cream shop. It was during this time that she met Tom.
Ann and Tommy (as everyone in the family called him) eloped, marrying in Elko, Nevada on December 10th, 1943. Two days later, Tom left for boot camp with the United States Army. Ann then went with Tom's sister Gladys to Chehalis, Washington where they stayed with another of Tom's sisters, Doris.
Soon after, Ann joined Tom and traveled with him to various bases during Tom's flight training for the US Army Air Corps.
After WWII, Tom used his GI Bill and enrolled at the University of Idaho majoring in Engineering. Ann worked odd jobs while Tom went to school, and cheered for Tom on Saturdays as he played for the U of I Vandals football team. During the summers, they both worked jobs to earn money for the school year. One job was working for the Forestry Service, manning a fire watch lookout tower. One morning they either didn't look well enough, or forgot altogether. They got a call from the Forest Ranger telling them to look to the West. It looked like the whole side of a mountain on the Snake River Canyon was on fire. After a few choice words from the Ranger, they were far more diligent in their duties from that point forward.
Soon after Tom's graduation from U of I in 1951, he took a job with the Bonneville Power Administration and they moved to Vancouver, Washington.
In 1952, their first daughter, Shary, joined the family. In 1954, their second daughter, Terrie, was born.
In 1955, BPA opened a Portland office. Tom started working there and moved the family to Portland.
In 1959, Ann went back to work full time, starting a job at NABISCO, running the Oreo line (it was here that future son Mark, and anyone closely associated with him was doomed to suffer the "Oreo Affliction").
The following years were spent being busy with many activities. Tom coaching sports, Ann being heavily involved with the Girl Scouts of America, as well as many church activities at North East Assembly of God.
In 1967, son Mark, joined the family.
The family continued in the many activities that they had been participating in, as well as traveling. In 1968 the family took a trip to Alaska, driving up the AlCan Highway. Mind you, this is when it was still a dirt and gravel road.
When daughters Shary and Terrie had both left home to attend college at Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, the rest of the family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon.
Ann worked for NABISCO until 1987 when she retired. The following years were spent volunteering with the Clackamas County Gleaners, the Clackamas County Chapter of the Oregon Food Bank, where she was in charge of a foodbox sight, handing out food boxes to those families in need, and volunteering at the Clackamas County Senior Center where she taught "Line Dancing" classes several times a week.
In 2006, Ann and Tom sold the home they had lived in for 34 years and moved to the Vineyard Retirement Center. In 2011 they moved to Princeton Assisted Living.
Tom passed on April 1st, 2013. Ann then moved to McLoughlin Memory Care Center where she lived until her passing on March 24th, 2015.
Ann is survived by her daughter Shary, of Spokane, Washington, her daughter Terrie of Clackamas, Oregon and her son Mark of Vancouver, Washington.
She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.