Gwendolyn "Gwen" Anderson Vandiver, LaQuinta, CA (1923-2015)

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October 11, 2015

August 20, 1923 - September 25, 2015

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Anderson Vandiver, 92, of La Quinta, CA, was called home on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. She was born Aug. 20, 1923, to Harriett E. Shuman Anderson and Randolph L. Anderson in the Town of Whitewater, Walworth Co., WI. Gwen graduated from Whitewater High School in 1941, attended Milwaukee Business College, and found a job in Washington D.C. In 1942, she moved to Richland, WA, and worked on what is now known as the Manhattan Project at Hanford, WA. Little did Gwen know at the time what she was working on until the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Japan. Gwen was proud to be involved in the War effort, a true American Patriot. Gwen married Jasper C. Vandiver and they eventually returned to the Town of Whitewater, to continue to raise their family, where Gwen worked in the office of Vander Veen Farms and also served as Town Clerk from 1982-1983. She retired to California, and enjoyed hiking in the foot hills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, her woods and painting landscapes.

Gwen is survived by her children: Randall L Vandiver (Betty), Barbara A. Vandiver, Julie R. Pohl, and David A. Vandiver (Diane); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Vinton L. Anderson; and a sister, Lois A. Benes (James); nieces; nephews; and cousins. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry M.; husband; and brother, Berwyn W.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


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