Gradually she progressed
from one office job to another until landing a prized position at the famous Gossand
Foundations Company. Until then she hadn't been able to reveal her actual age.
Anne turned 20, she met and fell for her future husband, Gerald Dean Severns,
who was in the U.S. Navy and on leave in New York City when they met. They were
married on June 3, 1947 and moved "out west." Her relatives in New York
thought the west was still an unsettled wilderness inhabited only by cowboys and
Anne soon had three children, Gerry, Brian and Greg. From
that point on her sons were at the center of her life even though she almost always
worked outside the home while her boys were in school.
family moved to Sweet Home, Oregon in 1956 and Anne was soon involved in a variety
of civic, church and school related activities. She was president of the PTA and
a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America. She sang in the St. Helen's Choir
and also performed for many years in the "Chips and Splinters" variety
show, which was part of the annual Sportsman's Holiday event. While in Sweet Home,
Anne became aquainted with many of the area's women while working at Juverns Ladies
In 1967 Anne moved with her husband, Gerald, to Medford, Oregon
where she continued working retail sales at J.C. Penney. A few years later she
moved to Portland and began looking for a more full time diversion, since the
last of her sons had left the nest. She studied for her real estate license and
was soon working from Bucher Real Estate Company; first as an agent, then later
as a broker. She was very successful until being slowed down and eventually sidelined
by some very unfortunate accidents.
Anne loved the sun and her five
grandchildren spent many summer days with her at her swimming pool. In her later
years, she devoted many hours to her grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was able to vacation in Palm Springs and traveled to Hawaii twice.
going to the Mennonite Home in Albany, Anne moved back to Sweet Home and lived
briefly at Wiley Creek Community, but another accident and a broken bone made
independent living too difficult.
Anne is survived by her beloved sons,
Gerry and Greg of Sweet Home and Brian of Portland, Oregon, as well as her brother,
James Darcy of Long Island, New York. She also leaves five grandchildren and three
Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite
Home in Albany, Oregon or Wiley Creek Community in Sweet Home.
Mass will be at 1:00 pm Saturday at St. Helen's Catholic Church. The burial will
follow at Lewis Cemetery. Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel is handling the