Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Longtime Hood River resident Gladys “Hap” Orcutt passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the Hood River Care Center surrounded by her loving family. Hap was 81 years of age.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, June 7, at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. Interment and graveside services will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m. the same day.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until service time.
Hap was born May 6, 1924, in Hood River, Ore., to Eldon and Gretchen (Calkins) Bradley. She was raised and educated in the Hood River Valley, graduating from Hood River High School.
Along with raising her family and extended family, Hap worked for Hood River Distillers, Mid Valley Schools, Hood River Health Department, Glenn Taylor Realtors, and Hood River Memorial Hospital as an aide. She retired in her late seventies from Mid-Columbia Council of Government.
Her hobbies included being involved with 4-H, American Legion, volunteering with clinics to help teenage girls, going for drives and picnics, collecting flowers and adopting all the local neighborhood kids that she considered her own. She adored and loved any child she ever came into contact with.
Hap is survived by her daughters Kim and her husband Bert Loyd of La Pine, Ore., and Roni and her husband Ken Gandy of Centerville, Wash.; grandchildren Kurt and Chris Loyd and Shelly Gossen; six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and also grand-nieces and nephews. One special cousin, Bud Porter, and sister-in-law, Norma Bradley, also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bill and Fred Bradley, and sister Ann Bivvins; sister-in-law Marie Bradley and special granddaughter Annie Gandy.
Memorial contributions in Hap’s name may be made to March of Dimes or American Cancer Society c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont Hood River, OR 97031.
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