Ann Buchwalter Culver
Ann Buchwalter Culver
  • March 30, 1939 - October 3, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Ann Buchwalter Garner Culver, affectionately known as Annie, Annabel and Bookie, was born March 30th, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents, Walter G. Garner and Annie B. Stewart Garner. Her arrival followed that of her brother, Walter G. Garner Jr. and preceded the arrival of her sister Susan Garner Gallino. Ann's family moved out West in 1949, making Medford, Oregon their family home.

During her high school years, she was in Job's Daughters and served as an Honored Queen. Ann graduated from Medford High School in 1957. That fall her mother passed away, and her father later married BJ Larson. She spent the next two years attending Willamette University, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Ann then transferred to OHSU School of Nursing where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1962.

Following graduation, Ann moved to Mountain View, California where she embarked on a nursing career that would span almost four decades, including time spent as a pediatric nurse, doctors' office nurse and a medical surgical nurse. She finished out the last 28 years of her working life at Providence St. Vincent Hospital, retiring in 2001.

Ann met her husband Cortland Perry Culver in 1965. Their only child, daughter Shelley Ann, was born in 1968. Ann's husband passed away in 1990, after a long battle with lung cancer.

Ann's greatest pleasure in life was her daughter Shelley, son-in-law Mark, grandson Ben and granddaughter Kate. She saw them every week. Her passing leaves a void that will never be filled. She will be greatly missed.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, Walter G. Garner, mother Annie B. Stewart Garner, stepmother BJ Larson Garner and husband Cortland P. Culver. Ann is survived by her daughter Shelley Hutchinson, son-in-law Mark Hutchinson, grandson Ben Hughes and granddaughter Kathryn "Kate" Hutchinson; brother Walter G. Garner Jr., sister Susan Gallino, brother-in-law Gary Gallino; and cousins, nieces, nephews, family and many friends whose lives have been touched by this wonderful lady.

A Memorial service will be held to celebrate Ann's life on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 2pm at Skyline Memorial Gardens Chapel; reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of your favorite charities.