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Analee Silvers Kirkwood, a strong and fiery and stubborn lover of life, died at home in Albany, Oregon on Sunday. She spent the last few months of her life with a dear caring friend she considered a sorta-daughter, Ellen Saunders, a resident of Albany. Analee, at 94, was tired of fighting complications from an aortic dissection she'd suffered in June 2012. Firstborn of Myrtle Marie McKern Silvers and John Joseph Silvers, she grew up on the family ranch just outside John Day, Oregon. Ana Lee (which she changed to Analee) grew up outdoors, riding horses, climbing apple trees, helping with the harvests and jumping from the hayloft (where she once discovered hidden hooch). She enjoyed camping, fishing and mushroom hunting with her husband. She was an avid reader beginning back when she had to hide her book and flashlight under her blankets because she'd rather read than sleep. She catalogued every book she owned and each one she read — some years more than 400. She counted re-reading her favorites, calling that "revisiting old friends." At a young age she became fascinated by the family doctor, Chinese herbalist "Doc Hay." She saw him both honored and discriminated against - as she herself was, for her Portuguese heritage. The experiences gave her strong opinions about hypocrisy and the fair way to treat others as well as an interest in non-Western medicines and beliefs. She graduated from high school in John Day. Her mother encouraged her and her two sisters to further their educations, so at seventeen Analee traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., for business school. She shared a house with five girls and the first year supported herself slinging burgers and beer at a stand on the beach until the owner found out she wasn't of legal age. Analee saw Lattie Robert Kirkwood for the first time at a funeral where he was working as an assistant. She told her sister Maxine "that's the man I'm going to marry." They were wed in a simple ceremony in Grangeville, Idaho, on April 16, 1938. They lived in a one-room cabin in the mountains of Idaho where Lattie worked for various silver mines and Analee discovered the true meaning of cabin fever. She said those early years were rough, but he doted on her and couldn't stand to ever see her in any pain. She was still telling him goodnight at bedtime every evening some thirty years after his death. For a time, she worked as an accounts receivable clerk for a company in Portland. After Lattie's World War II Naval Seabee service, they returned to Grant County and built a house together between John Day and Mount Vernon. She dug the well (he didn't fit in the hole), hung from the roof hammering in the top row of siding, and did whatever else needed doing, including painting her living room a startlingly vivid green. Analee began her banking career as a teller for the Grant County Bank, staying with the financial institution when it was purchased by First Interstate. (Now Wells Fargo.) Over the years she worked her way up to assistant manager. One day she was asked to train a man who was going to be paid more to do her job. She walked out, insulted and indignant. She was rehired at a higher wage. The man had a "nervous breakdown" trying to fill her shoes. She volunteered for many community activities in Grant County, including the Grant County Library. When Lattie retired from the Post Office and they moved to Roseburg, she volunteered at the Wildlife Safari and later the library there. A few years ago she moved to a retirement facility in Wilsonville, and on Easter of this year came south to Albany. Analee was also an avid and curious cook, clipping recipes from everywhere. She was a connoisseur of edible mushrooms and baked breads, but her favorite meal in later years was a juicy, well-made hamburger and a good dark ale. Analee loved to travel and learn. She went to New York with Lattie on an Elks trip and she took journeys with friends to Canada, the Azores, Kenya, Tanzania and New Zealand. She took part in a number of Elderhostel events in Ashland and elsewhere. She collected works from artists at home and everywhere she went, and was very supportive of her husband's music and carving. A passionate genealogist, she filled two filing cabinets with research materials related to her family and her husband's. Her Wilsonville apartment was crowded with photos of her husband, parents, sisters, cousins, friends and above all her sisters' children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, about each of whom she could tell a story or a tidbit of news. She is survived by her sister, Nona Silvers Ringen, brother-in-law Charles Karl, nieces and nephews Charlie Karl (Sherry), David Ringen (Pam), Jim Ringen (Alice), Mia Hubert (Craig), Peter Ringen (Marja) and Kristi Dixon (Bob), a number of great-nephews and nieces and her sorta daughter Ellen Saunders, a dozen or so great-great nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Maxine Karl, her brother-in-law Harvey Ringen, nephew John Ringen and his wife Jodi, and niece Mary (Marcy) Karl. Private family services will be held later at the Canyon City Cemetery in the John Day area.

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