Jean McNamar passed away Jan. 12, 2017, in in Coos Bay, Ore., at Avamere Rehabilitation Center at the age of 91.
Jean was born July 27, 1925, in Hood River, Ore., to Rhuben Chester and Mary Elizabeth (Winans) Elder. She was raised on the east hills of the Hood River valley (up the current Old Dalles Road). She was home schooled for a few years, then attended Pine Grove School and Hood River High School. She left Hood River to attend Oregon State College, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She then taught for a year at Taft, returned to teach in Corvallis before moving to Portland in the early 1950s, then to Agate Beach and Newport in the mid ‘50s. Finally, she moved to North Bend, Ore., in 1964, where she has stayed since.
On July 27, 1947, at the Pine Grove Methodist Church, she married Max LeRoy McNamar. Jean was a school teacher in Taft, Corvallis, Newport and North Bend. She enjoyed singing with church choirs and Sweet Adelines, gardening (always some clipping from the yard on the teacher’s desk), and geology. She also loved to have adventures in travel both near and far.
Jean is survived by children Max L. McNamar, Jr., and his wife, RoseMarie of Vancouver, Wash., Ruth A. Kindy of Kirkland, Wash., Daniel R. McNamar of Corvallis, Ore., granddaughters Patricia J. Kindy, Laura G. McNamar and Katherine R. Kindy, and sister Kathleen E. Nichols of Hood River. Jean is sadly preceded in death by her parents, Rhuben C. and Mary E. (Winans) Elder, her husband Max L. McNamar in 1990, brother Stanley W. Elder and his family, son-in-law David R. Kindy and daughter-in-law Terria McNamar.
North Bend services will be held at North Bend Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m., and Hood River services will be held at a date yet to be determined.
Memorial Donations can be made to North Bend Community Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1006, North Bend, OR 97459 or Rhuben C. Elder Museum Fund, Gorge Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031; 541-354-2009.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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