VANCOUVER - Grace Kathryn Douglas, 84, died Nov. 19, 2008, in Vancouver. She was born on July 10, 1924, in Watertown, Minn., to Allie and John Devine.
She graduated from Pillager High School in Minnesota, attended a secretarial school and enlisted in the Navy, serving in Seattle for just over a year. She and Wes Topp married after he was discharged from the Army in 1945. The couple moved to Oregon in 1947, and they raised their five children in Portland. Mr. Topp died in 1971.
In 1989 she married Erv Douglas. He had six children and several grandchildren. Mr. Douglas died in 1999.
She retired from US Bank in 1984 and moved to the Long Beach Peninsula shortly thereafter. She enjoyed traveling and resided between Klipsan Beach and Yuma, Ariz. She remained on the Peninsula until recently when her health forced a move to Vancouver.
Her true work was her service to the community and military veterans as a member of WAVES, American Legion, Masons, Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, Eagles, Moose, Eastern Star, Foresters and PTA.
Survivors include her five children, Nancy Menzia of Vancouver, Kathleen Topp of Portland, John Topp of Scappoose, Ore., Laura Topp of Scappoose, Ore., and Pauly Dexter of Beaverton, Ore.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two nephews, Joey and Ken Devine. She recently was blessed by two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Kimberly, whom she loved dearly. Her family expressed appreciation for all she has done and said, "You have had a remarkable life. We love you!" Her parents, her brother Ken and her husbands, Wesley Topp and Erv Douglas, predeceased her.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m., at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 7528 North Charleston Avenue in Portland. Memorial contributions can be made to WAVES National, Columbia River Ripples or Pioneer United Methodist Church in Portland. Burial rites and military honors will be conducted at a future date at Willamette National Cemetery.