Irva R. Vandiver |

Irva R. Vandiver

Irva R. Vandiver of Albany, Ore., died Monday, May 6, 2002, at the Mennonite Home in Albany. She was 89.

She was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Ayr, Neb., to Christian Ursinus and Mary Elizabeth (Kauffman) Snyder. She grew up in Holstein, Neb. She received her nursing degree from the La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta, Colo., and began her nursing career in Idaho.

She married Paul W. Vandiver on Sept. 11, 1935. They lived in Idaho and Oregon, and had a farm near Knox Butte, Ore., where they raised peppermint.

The family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1956, and Mrs. Vandiver worked as the director of nursing for Mountain View Nursing Home. They moved to Salida in 1974, and Mrs. Vandiver retired from nursing in 1978.

The couple moved to Montana, and then settled back in Albany, where they had lived as newlyweds, in 1990. They lived at Mennonite Village.

Mrs. Vandiver was an active member of her church, where she enjoyed teaching and singing and served as a camp nurse. The family enjoyed deer hunting and trips to the mountains, and Mrs. Vandiver learned to ski when she was in her 50s, when the family lived in Colorado.

She also enjoyed gardening and writing letters.

Mrs. Vandiver was preceded in death by infant sisters Opha and Irene Snyder; by brothers Kenneth and Jacob Snyder; and by a granddaughter, Cindy Baley.

She is survived by her husband Paul, of Albany; a son, Richard Vandiver of Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Norma Eason of Lebanon, Ore.; a brother, Donald Snyder, of Goshen, Ind.; sisters Inez Deiner of Hesston, Kan., and Harriet Bartruff of Albany, Ore.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 12, at Albany Mennonite Church. Private vault interment is at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Albany.

AAsum Funeral Home in Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Village, 5353 Columbus St. SE, Albany, OR 97321.

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