Winnifred (Winnie) Helen Cole passed away at Providence Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore., on July 5, 2017.
She was born in Walla Walla, Wash., on Feb. 20, 1925, to Olivia Evans (Pratt) and Raymond John Baker. Winnie grew up in Southeast Portland, Ore., attending Woodstock Elementary School and Commerce (now Cleveland) High School, graduating in 1943.
Winnie worked at Fred Meyer during high school and household finance after graduating. She also worked in accounting for Richard Able Book Company before returning to a career at Fred Meyer, from which she retired in 1987.
She met her future husband, Daniel (Dan) William Cole, at a bus stop at SE 82nd and Foster Road. Shortly after, Dan entered the Navy Seabees in 1943 they were wed at Camp Parks (Livermore), Calif., on Dec. 23, 1943. While Dan was stationed in the Pacific during World War II, Winnie returned to live with her parents. Dan came home from the war on Dec. 14, 1945, and they made their home in Southeast Portland.
Daughter Sue Gail (Nicholson) was born in 1947 and son David William in 1949. In 1951, they moved to the Woodstock area of Southeast Portland, where they remained for 60-plus years before moving to retirement homes in Vancouver, Wash., and Hood River, Ore.
Winnie and Dan were avid square dancers (The Record Breakers), bowlers, and enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. They often entertained poolside in their backyard, where the sounds of children were frequently heard.
Winnie lost her husband of 73 years early this year to pneumonia. She is survived by son David and wife Carolyn of Vancouver, daughter Sue and husband Craig of Mount Hood, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Winnie will be interred with Dan at Willamette National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 12 at 11 a.m. You are invited to leave notes and comments in Winnie’s remembrance book online at www.andersonstributecenter.com and attend the interment.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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