May 5, 1952 - July 6, 2012
Anne Louise Hendricks Vertrees of Lake Tapps, Wash., died July 6, 2012, of complications of an end stage auto immune disease. She had endured the disease for more than 20 years and was awaiting a liver transplant.
Anne was born May 5, 1952, in Santa Cruz, Calif., the first of five children of John O. and Frances (Lamb) Hendricks. She spent most of her youth in Milton-Freewater, graduating from McLoughlin Union High School before attending Eastern Oregon State College and graduating from the University of the Americas in Pueblo, Mexico, where she earned her degree in elementary education.
After several years teaching in Milton-Freewater she moved to Seattle, where she worked in banking, printing and at the University of Washington.
She married Frank Vertrees on July 23, 1983, in West Seattle, where they lived until moving to Lake Tapps in 1989. They had one son, Matthew Carl.
Anne was involved in many volunteer activities including the West Seattle Food Bank, the IG chapter of PEO in Sumner, and PBCers, which supports education, research and advocacy for liver diseases on the state and national levels.
She enjoyed following the sun and amassed a wide network of friends in that travel from Kihei, Maui, to Palm Springs, Calif., and Lake Chelan. As she became more restricted she thrived on her Facebook connections espousing her "life is good" and "there's always hope" philosophies. Her cremains will be distributed in a family gathering at the Kihei Surfside in Maui in February.
She is survived by her husband, Frank, of Lake Tapps; her son, Matthew and his husband Jonathan Thompson of Auburn; her mother, Frances Hendricks of Milton-Freewater; siblings, Mike (and Carrie) Hendricks of Yakima, Karen Hendricks of Milton-Freewater, Joan (and Roger) Records of Montesano, and Susan (and Scott) Bourn of Sandpoint, Idaho; and seven nephews and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her father.
The family suggests memorials to Life Center Northwest, www.lcnw.org, to promote organ donor awareness. They also encourage friends to enroll as organ donors.