Anne Lucretia Oakes

July 12, 1947 - March 28, 2021
Sumas, WA

Anne Lucretia Oakes

July 12, 1947 - March 28, 2021
Sumas, WA


Anne was born on July 12, 1947 in Salem, OR to Harvey and Sylvia Ronne. Raised in Salem, she graduated from South Salem High School in 1965. She passed away on March 28, 2021 at her home in Sumas, WA.

Anne was married to the love of her life, Ivan E. Oakes, on August 27, 1966 in Salem, OR and they spent 54 ½ wonderful and unwavering years together. They raised two boys, Todd Alan and Scott David. Anne was a wonderful mother and was always happiest when she was around family.

After she and Ivan spent their first year of marriage in The Dalles, they moved to Klamath Falls for college, continuing to spend their summers in Salem. After graduation, Ivan worked with the Kiewit Company which relocated the family to Montana, New York, Salem, Nebraska, Washington, California, and finally, Anacortes, WA where he left the company. Ivan got a MBA and continued to live in Anacortes until Anvil asked him to go to Carson, CA.  After living for 3 years in Carson, CA, Anne and Ivan bought their home in Bellingham, where he finished out his 23 years with Anvil. A new position for Ivan took them to Texas in 2013, but they returned to Washington in 2015, purchasing their condo in Sumas. No matter where they ended up living, wherever they were together as a family was home.

Anne loved seeing new places and exploring with Ivan. They, along with their good friends, Duane and Kathy Stegman, took trips to Black Butte in Central Oregon, England, Mexico, Missouri, Las Vegas, Southern California, and spent several years setting up for and attending the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Fair. They also enjoyed many short and weekend trips touring beautiful western Washington. Longtime WorldMark member, Anne and Ivan spent time cruising to Alaska, western Mexico, western Mediterranean, the Baltic out of Copenhagen, New England, and eastern Canada out of Boston. They sailed out of Orlando three times; twice to the western Caribbean and once to the Virgin Islands.

Anne was effervescent, expressive, and loved flowers and shopping. She and Ivan enjoyed being with each other and with their family, and they enjoyed a committed and steadfast bond throughout their entire marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey (2010) and Sylvia (2012) Ronne; and in-laws, Dorothy (1990) and John (1993) Oakes.

Survivors include her beloved husband, Ivan; sons, Todd and Scott Oakes; three grandchildren; six nieces; and seven nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in Anne’s name to the Sumas Advent Christian Church (PO Box 10 Sumas, WA 98295).

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1 responses to Anne Lucretia Oakes

  1. From the time we became friends (with teenagers) our families have shared a special friendship lasting through many life changes.

    Anne was always ready for a fun adventure, her delight in the moment made it a memorable time for everyone around.

    A vivid memory is Anne squealing with anticipation every time we crested a tall dune in Oregon, bringing a smile even to the driver of our rented ATV.

    Being with Anne meant no criticism, no gossip, no mean comments about anyone, Anne just made you feel in the moment and glad to share it with you.

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