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Zeller Chapel of the Roses

2107 NE Broadway ST, Portland, OR

OBITUARY

Joan Marie Crew

September 8, 1932May 25, 2019

Joan “JoAnn” Marie Crew was born Sept. 8, 1932 in San Pedro, Calif., to Ruth and Edwin Hansen. When her parents divorced, she moved with her mother to Silverton, Ore., where they lived until they eventually moved to Portland, a city that became home for most of her life.

Following her graduation from Washington High School, she married classmate Dean Jennings in 1950. Though the marriage didn’t last it produced two beloved children, Colleen and Michael. She married Mitchell Crew in 1972 and acquired two more children, Rebecca “Becky” and Stephen.

Joan had a wealth of professional experience in an assortment of careers, ranging from working as an assistant to a physician in Torrence, Calif., to a stint at a cannery in Long Beach, Wash. She found her niche in the escrow and finance world. She began with Securities Intermountain and retired as VP after 40 years with Mortgage Exchange when she was 80 years old. With her aptitude in math and business, plus her leadership skills, she held several distinctive positions in the Escrow and Real Estate industries throughout her career.

She approached life with humor, kindness and a true zest for learning. Family was always first with Joan and she treasured her many longtime friendships. She gave selflessly to those she loved, prizing the happiness and comfort of others above her own needs.

Joan passed away peacefully in her sleep May 25, 2019 with her son, daughter and grandson nearby. She is survived by children, Colleen, Michael, Rebecca and Stephen; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Zellers Chapel of Roses, 2107 N.E. Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Biography

Joan “JoAnn” Marie Crew was born Sept. 8, 1932 in San
Pedro, Calif., to Ruth and Edwin Hansen. When her parents
divorced, she moved with her mother to Silverton, Ore., where
they lived until they eventually moved to Portland, a city that
became home for most of her life.

Following her graduation from Washington High School,
she married classmate Dean Jennings in 1950. Though the
marriage didn’t last it produced two beloved children, Colleen
and Michael. She married Mitchell Crew in 1972 and
acquired two more children, Rebecca “Becky” and Stephen.

Joan had a wealth of professional experience in an assortment
of careers, ranging from working as an assistant to a physician
in Torrence, Calif., to a stint at a cannery in Long Beach, Wash.
She found her niche in the escrow and finance world. She
began with Securities Intermountain and retired as VP after 40
years with Mortgage Exchange when she was 80 years old. With
her aptitude in math and business, plus her leadership skills,
she held several distinctive positions in the Escrow and Real
Estate industries throughout her career.

She approached life with humor, kindness and a true zest for
learning. Family was always first with Joan and she treasured
her many longtime friendships. She gave selflessly to those she
loved, prizing the happiness and comfort of others above her
own needs.

Joan passed away peacefully in her sleep May 25, 2019 with
her son, daughter and grandson nearby. She is survived
by children, Colleen, Michael, Rebecca and Stephen; eight
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly
missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June
8, 2019, at Zellers Chapel of Roses, 2107 N.E. Broadway St.,
Portland, OR 97232.