Winnifred Allum passed away Feb. 20, 2015, in Gresham, Ore. She was born July 28, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to Daniel David Smith and Jessie Maybelle Armstrong.
“Winnie” grew up in the small Michigan farm community of Williamston, graduated high school in 1940, and obtained a teaching certificate in 1941. She taught grades 1-8 at Meech School and North Leslie School, both historic one-room schoolhouses in Michigan. She moved near Detroit in 1943 and was one of “Rosie the Riveters,” building fighter planes during the last two years of World War II.
Winnie moved to Arizona in 1946 with her parents. She met her future husband, Harry John Allum, while they were students at the Arizona Bible Institute in Phoenix. In addition to raising a family with Harry, Winnie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, and a master’s degree in elementary education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Winnie and Harry moved to Oregon in 1971, first living in Gresham, then Parkdale, then back to Gresham. Back in Gresham, they were members of Grace Community Church, finished their careers, retired together and enjoyed many trips along the Columbia Gorge and Rowena Plateau.
Winnie was a reading teacher in Parkdale (mid-1970s) and in the Gresham area public schools. After retiring in 1979 she tested home-schooled children. She was an insatiable reader throughout life, quick-witted with a great sense of humor.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Harry in 1997; sons Samuel and Stephen; sisters Rosalie and Elma; and her brother Norris.
She is survived by her daughter, Hilda, and grandson Jesse (Leyla) of Washington; son Daniel (Alexis) and grandchildren Katherine, Jacob and Savannah of Nevada; and many nieces and nephews in Michigan.
Remembrances may be made to the Union Gospel Mission Life Change Center, 3 N.W. Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209, or Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road, Gresham, OR 97080.
A Celebration Service will be held Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road, in Gresham, 503-492-9966.
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