Mary Ellen Anderson
Mary Ellen Anderson
  • April 25, 1944 - September 8, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Mary Ellen Anderson, 73, of Portland, Oregon, passed away September 8th, 2017. She was born in Portland, Oregon on April 25, 1944 to Walter Henry von Allmen and Frances Louise von Allmen.

Mary graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and received a Bachelors in Business from Portland State University. Mary was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family and socializing with her vast networks of friends. Some of her favorite pastimes included gardening, flowers, and animals with a genuine love of the Oregon Coast and Central Oregon. All of her pastimes were shared with family and friends.

She loved the holiday season, spending time with family and friends, hosting events always with extensive decorating efforts, earning her the nickname, 'Mary-Martha.'' With boundless energy, she also enjoyed baking her favorite dishes, crafting cocktails, and entertaining. Her family and friends are what provided her endless joy and it made no difference if it was through social gatherings, sports, grandkids school, or just simply hanging with all the kids. She loved it all!

Much of her time over the last decade was devoted to her number one passion, her family, especially her four grandkids. She also made a special effort to get to know all her children's friends and their kids too. No one was off limits. She was a staple at grandkids sporting events, school activities, and introduced them to the arts and other unique experiences around Portland. Taking so much joy from this, she was even a surrogate grandma for friends' children on occasion.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Frances von Allmen.

She is survived by her sons, Willie (Sarah) and Brad (Sopie); grandchildren, Paley (9), Sullie (7), Zaack (11) and Viggo (9); brother Dan (Anne); nieces, Kim, and Kirsten, and nephews, Corey (Stephanie) and Brian (Amanda); great nephews & nieces; Atreyu, Bodie, Brooklyn, Parker and EvaBell.

The family would like to thank Mary's entire care team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for the incredible care they provided her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation - Heart Institute.

A memorial gathering will be held on September 22nd at First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 at 4:00pm. A reception is to follow at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205. Please visit for additional information.