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1937 "Tanny" 2022

Claire Green

June 17, 1937 — November 22, 2022


Claire Ann Green, lovingly known as “Tanny”, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the age of 85. Tanny was born in La Salle, Illinois on June 17, 1937, to Clair and Lillian Lee. After her family moved to Oregon, Tanny spent her early childhood in Seaside before finally settling in Knappa. As a cheerleader at Knappa High School (KHS), Tanny began her love of sports and met the love of her life, Kenneth “Kenny” Green.  The pair were married on May 14, 1955, shortly after graduating from KHS, and proceeded to build their forever home in Knappa where they raised their four children.

A woman of many talents, Tanny enjoyed staying busy and held many jobs during her life. She worked as the waitress/cook at The Logger Restaurant, purchased cascara bark, fir cones, and blackberries, and was employed at local mink farms and hatcheries. Tanny retired after 20 years of service at Ocean Foods where she oversaw the packing room as manager. Being a gifted pianist, she often played for local weddings in her spare time.

As a selfless, generous, kind, and loving woman, Tanny was always devoted to her family and a dedicated friend to many. A great conversationalist, Tanny never met a stranger. Her passions included bunco, bowling, and traveling. Favorite trips included the casinos, state basketball championships in Pendelton, hunting in Eastern Oregon, and memorable family vacations. Family and community were most important to Tanny and her love and support for both knew no limits. Whenever Tanny was involved, bellies were full, laughs were endless, and memories were created.

Tanny was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Kenny, and her oldest daughter Lynn Van Bladeren. She is loving remembered by her children, Teri Aguello (Jerry), Tami Gardner (Ben), Scott Green (Nicola Pederson), her son-in-law, Gary Van Bladeren, and her 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren: Daniel/Holly Green (Hunter, Harper), Kari/Garrette Rochester (Beckett, Claire, Raegan), James Green/Ericia Angus (Mercedes, Bentley, Aston, Iyah), Tyler Green/Haley Murray, Sarah/Mike Telfer (Hayden, Abby), Josh Gardner, Cassie/Mike Ahl, Lisa Van Bladeren/Steve Koich, Chris Van Bladeren (Caleb/Daphne) as well as other close family members. As a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Tanny will be forever missed and never forgotten.

A memorial service honoring Tanny will be announced and held at a later date.

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