Gayanne Courter

January 23, 1935January 9, 2021

Gayanne Courter, 85, passed from this life on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon with her husband Dick at her side.

Gayanne was born on January 23, 1935, in Dunsmuir, California, to Arthur Thomas “Art” Johnston and Veda Vere (Widby) Johnston. She resided in North Bend, Oregon before moving to Portland. Gayanne graduated from Girls Polytecnic High School, Laurelhurst area of Portland.

Gayanne earned a BS in Child Development from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for Goldstone Observatory - Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Barstow, California, at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and managed a repossessed vehicles recovery Company. She assisted Dick in managing their co-owned Forestry Consulting Firm Genetechs.

On August 19, 1972, Gayanne married Richard Wayne “Dick” Courter, at the Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon.

Gayanne and Dick lived near Banks, Oregon until February of 1978, when they made their home in Portland, Oregon.

Gayanne a Championship Tennis Player won many tournaments partnering with her dear friend Fran Hermanson. A former Irvington Tennis Club member, she is a 50 year plus Multnomah Athletic Club member.

Gayanne and Dick are Oregon Small Woodlands Association lifetime members and their Family Tree Farm is certified through the American Tree Farm System. Her family has owned timber land near Vernonia for over 75 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, sister Dona and a nephew Greg.

No service is planned. A celebration of life will be scheduled later. She will be interned at Skyline Memorial Gardens.

The family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to the Oregon Tree Farm Memorial Fund at 1600 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97229

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Gayanne Courter

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mark megalos

January 15, 2021

Our greatest sympathies at the passing of Gayanne, your life partner of half a century.
We mourn her passing and stand with you in the time of grief and fond memories.

Your friends at NWOA

George & JoElla Courter

January 14, 2021

We are so glad that we visited Dick and Gayanne 1-1/2 years ago, and will always cherish those special memories.
Our love & sympathy to you Dick.
George & JoElla