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Gwendolyn Jean Borden
July 29, 1923–July 6, 2018

Gwendolyn Jean Borden, 94, of Corvallis, Oregon passed away Friday, July 6. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Charles and Lydia (Barron) Robinson.

Gwen and her parents moved to Lynwood, California, where she completed a dental assistant course and met her future husband and life-long companion, Joseph L. Borden, on a bus going to Los Angeles Junior College. They were married in 1943 before Joe joined the U.S. Navy. Gwen moved to San Diego, where Joseph was stationed when not deployed on the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier. While in San Diego, Gwen worked as a dental assistant and lived with her sister who was also married to a sailor.



After the war, Gwen and Joe moved to Kingman, Arizona for a couple of years, then to Southgate, California where they bought their first home and raised their two children, Sherril and Joe. Gwen was active in the local East Bell Women’s Club and the PTA.

They moved to Thousand Oaks, California, and Gwen joined the local volunteer hospital auxiliary, where she was active for many years. She eventually resumed her career in dentistry and took up square dancing.

After their children were grown, she and Joe moved to Saudi Arabia for Joe’s job and they traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Upon their return to the U.S., they migrated to Corvallis, Oregon, where they spent the remainder of their lives being active in their church and the Elks Lodge. Gwen and Joe enjoyed traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, meeting new friends and accumulating many interesting experiences and happy memories.

By those who knew her, she shall be missed.

Internment will occur at a later date.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

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