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Thedore Bottema

July 7, 2015

Theodore & Pauline The journey continues for Pauline (Winstanley) Thomas and Theodore (Ted) C. Bottema. Pauline passed away on July 7, 2015 at the age of 96 and was cremated, but has waited patiently for Ted, who passed away April 18, 2016 at the age of 95. Together they traveled the world in life, visiting over one hundred and fifty countries, all seven continents, and interacting with as many people of the world as possible. They loved each other, they loved their family, and they loved to travel. Pauline, who was preceded in death by husbands Hugh Winstanley and Stanley Thomas, met Ted on a train in Siberia, Russia and from that moment on their love of each other and of travel blossomed. She graduated from Washington High in Portland and attended Whitman College where she met her first husband. After Hugh's death she worked for the Seaside School District for many years as the Business Manager from which she retired. Ted graduated from the University of Alabama in mechanical engineering and was a key contributor in the development of the jet engine during World War II for the allies. After the war, Ted worked for McDonnell Douglas and later Boeing from where he retired. After leaving the aerospace industry Ted ventured into a second career in precious gems and began his world travels. They lived less than two hundred miles from each other, but required a trip on the trans-Siberian railroad to meet. From that moment on, no trip was too far, too dangerous, or to challenging. Even in the final few years, they approached a dinner out or a trip to the doctor, as an exciting venture. They truly knew how to live life, celebrate friends, and share their experiences in life. Ted and Pauline are survived by Betty Zachor (sister), Don & Vi Smith (brother), Effiemae & George Adrian (Aunt), Valerie and Mark Winstanley (children), Melissa and Jeff Bilyeu and Mitch Winstanley (grandchildren) and Adam, Alex, and ZachBilyeu (Great grandchildren). It doesn't matter whose relation, Pauline and Ted treated them all the same, with all the love and kindness they had to give. They will be missed, but treasured always. Thank you for visiting and sharing memories in our guest book.

Funeral Home:
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary Seaside
220 N Holladay
Seaside, OR
US 97138
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