Anne Leslie (Cook) CourtsApril 12, 1941 ~ August 9, 2017 (age 76)
Anne was born in Portland on April 12, 1941 and lived on SE Bybee St. in the home that her parents Phillis and Bill Cook had built when they were married.
She graduated from Cleveland HS in 1959 with Honors and went to Mills College where she majored in studio art and art history. She graduated in 1963 with Honors and then returned to Portland to start her professional career. Anne worked for a brief time at Janzen Co. giving tours of the factory to the public.
Anne continued to search for work in the Art World and with luck she found a job at the Fountain Gallery working with Arlene Schnitzer marketing Fine Art and helping to run the gallery. Anne was very happy there and stayed for 18 years. I met her there when I was hired to frame and install art for the shows and installations.
Arlene was a wonderful person to work for and as time went by she helped Anne and I on many occasions. We both made wonderful friendships at the Gallery that still are lasting today.
Anne and I were married on October 4th of 1975 in her parents back yard on the patio that her father built. Family and friends attended our service. We bought our home on Davis street and moved in together. We filled our home with the people we love and had holiday gatherings that everyone wanted to attend. Anne was a fantastic decorator, chef, and hostess. We enjoyed Art openings, Symphony, Opera, Plays and theater at least twice a month with dinners out and time at our beach cabin with just each other.
As the years went by both Anne and I suffered some major illnesses. Anne had several that almost killed her. Through those times Dr. Michel Bower of Providence helped us mend and recover. Anne’s last illness was Alzheimer’s. With the help of Providence Home Health, Dr Bower and, Providence Hospice Care Anne made her exit from this world very peacefully. I kept her at our home with Providence Hospice Care providing support and information, wonderful nurses and aids of all kinds guided me through this arduous process.
She died gently in the morning of August 9th around 6 am.
She was my best friend, my partner, my lover and I will miss her so, the light in my life has faded now.
I think this will change sometime but I know not when.