Florence Evelyn Parduhn, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at her home in Cascade Locks, Ore., surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Seattle, Wash., on July 30, 1931, to Wilburn and Ella Smeltzer and was the youngest of five children. She leaves behind four children, Jeffrey Parduhn, Mark Parduhn (Janice), Nancy Onder (Jeff) and Rebekah Cowan (Patrick). She had 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a boat load of other family members who loved her dearly.
In spite of the “shadow people,” the somewhat competitive games of AGGRAVATION, and the multitude of cookie jars with eyes that followed us around the room, we were blessed with amazing parents who showed us what the true meaning of love meant.
Since our mother was born, Florence lived a life of gratitude, kindness, and selfless giving. There was not a person she met whom she did not like or offer her hand to help. She was the epitome of giving and love.
At the age of 19, she met, fell in love with, and married her true love, Carl Parduhn. The two would have been married 68 beautiful years this past Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Florence is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Darrell and Dwayne, and sister, Lois. She leaves behind her sister, Shirley Carr, who was, and always will be, her best friend and “partner in crime.” Also, Shirley was always willing to join her in the many hours of volunteering to help Native American children. The two were known as the “sweatshirt sisters” ... and put the word “sweat” in those sweatshirts as well.
Florence will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various communities and churches she served.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Community Church basement.
The family would like to invite all that knew her to join them in a celebratory luncheon at 2 p.m.
We cannot know what God’s plan is for us. What we can do is live out our lives as best we can with PURPOSE, and with LOVE and with JOY. This is how Florence lived her life! The world is a better place because ... she was here. Now, it is up to us to continue spreading her love and kindness.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, Ore. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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