Alberta "Buddy" Means (1936 - 2015)

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Alberta Thane ""Buddy"" Means, 78, a resident of the Hillsboro community, died Friday morning,

May 8, 2015 at Empres Healthcare in Hillsboro, Oregon.

ALBERTA was born July 22, 1936 (her dad's 50th birthday!) in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of Albert Tucker and Alice Mae (Brannin) Tucker. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1954. She attended Boise State University and received a Bachelor's degree in Education.

She was united in marriage to Leaborn Edgar Means on May 29, 1958 in Boise, Idaho. Following their marriage they made their home in Mt. Home, Idaho, where their first four daughters were born. Buddy taught 2nd grade until the Means Family moved to Burns, Oregon in 1966 where she taught 1st grade. Their youngest daughter was born in Burns. She went to summer school at BSU until 1971 when she finished her degree. She was an active Member in Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, District Deputy, and Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls.

In 1987, Buddy and Lee moved to Depoe Bay where she taught kindergarten in Newport, Oregon. They later moved to Newport where she retired from teaching in 1997. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as crafting, tole painting, scrap booking, traveling, and singing her special songs. She moved to Joseph, Oregon for several years before moving to the Portland area, where she resided until her death.

Buddy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, stepson, Larry Means, brother, Shelby Tucker and three sisters, Luella Kaston, Elizabeth Solosabal, and Frances Fresonke.

Survivors include stepson Jerry Means (Kay), of Nampa, Idaho and daughters Lezlea Means (Nilda Weeks), of Portland, Oregon, AlonaLea Benson of Newport, Oregon, Leaberta ""Bitty"" Dent (Mike) of Burns, Oregon, Shellea VanWinkle (Bob) of Joseph, Oregon and Marylea Brooks (Shawn) of Bend, Oregon, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 S.W. Butner Road in Beaverton at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Christine Core officiating. Burial Rites and Interment will follow at the Willamette National Cemetery, 1800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland, Oregon at 3:00 PM. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony, to be held in the fellowship hall.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Michael or to the , 1650 NW Naito Parkway, #190, Portland, Oregon 97209, in her memory. Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 19 to June 18, 2015
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