L. Florence Chandler, 89, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Parkhurst Place Senior Living in Hood River, Ore. Florence was born on July 9, 1924, in Haynes, N.D., to Herman and Mable Van Ras. She moved with her family when she was 13 to Hood River. She graduated from Hood River High School in 1942.
Florence married Thomas Chandler in Vancouver, Wash., in 1945 and they were blessed with two children. Tom worked for Pacific Power so the family moved often. They called many places home and Florence made life-long friendships wherever they lived.
She had many jobs in her life including working in the packing houses, restaurants and of course being an active homemaker. One of her favorite jobs was working in the liquor store — she never drank but she knew what everyone else in Hood River drank? At her retirement she was working for Key Bank.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; Herman and Mable Van Ras; husband, Thomas Chandler; sister, Meva Sandercock; brother, John Van Ras; grandson, Jerry Phelps and son-in-law, Bill Locke.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughters, Sandra Locke of Husum, Wash., and Vonnie Carlson and her husband, John, of Herrick, Ill.; son, Donald Chandler, and his wife, Janice, of Hood River; grandchildren and great-grandchildren plus many nieces and nephews.
A service to mourn Florence’s passing and celebrate her life is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Florence’s name to Hospice of the Gorge.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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