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Shandrena "Shanny" went to be with the lord on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Living until the age of 91, she led a long and blessed life.
Born Sept. 28, 1921, in Auburn, Ala., to Rupert G. and Annie B. Gilmore, she was one of four children.
Her school years were spent in Columbus, Ga., where she attended grade school as well as Columbus High School, graduating with the Class of 1940.
On Monday, Aug. 3, 1942, at the age of 19, she met the love of her life, Lt. Virgil M. "Tex" House, at Fort Benning, Ga. While crossing the Mississippi River, they shared a kiss and were married five days later on Saturday, Aug. 8, 1942, in Cleburne, Texas.
Their life together was the typical Army life, residing in various states across the country wherever Lt. House was stationed. In 1948, they finally settled, at the time, near Camp Adair in Corvallis, Ore. Corvallis was home for many years where they both were really active in the Moose Lodge and bowling leagues. They both loved the outdoors. Almost every weekend, they could be found waterskiing on Triangle Lake, hunting, fishing or horseback riding.
Once retired, the snowbird lifestyle beckoned. They traveled in their fifth-wheel trailer to Arizona during the winter and then back to Oregon in the summer. They enjoyed this life immensely, where they met so many friendly people.
Her marriage to Tex lasted 53 years until he passed away in 1995. After his passing, Shanny spent the next 12 years living near her son in Alamogordo. Her health slowly declined, and five years ago, she moved to Kirkland, Wash., to live with her daughter.
Shandrena was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and husband.
She is survived by her daughter Ginny (John) Taylor of Kirkland; son Butch (Jan) of Tularosa; brother Rupert G. Gilmore Jr. of Fort Mitchell, Ala.; three grandchildren, Greg House, of Mobile, Ala., Jason Walling (Jayna), of Renton, Wash., and Lisa (Dan) Trotter, of Palmer, Alaska; four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Avery, Paxson and Owen; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her hospitability to family and friends was unmatched. Her Southern voice was a giveaway of her charm and beauty. No more pain, no more worry, she has found peace at last. And though she will be missed by everyone who knew her, she will remain forever in our hearts.
We want to acknowledge Evergreen Hospital and Evergreen Health Hospice both in Kirkland for their gracious assistance and the courtesies they extended to Shandrena during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Evergreen Hospice.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel.
The House family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 9 to June 12, 2013
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