7-10-24 - 11-19-08
PORTLAND, Ore. - A celebration of Grace's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 7528 North Charleston Ave., Portland, Ore. Grace was born in Watertown, Minn., to Allie and John Devine. She is survived by her five children, Nancy Menzia (Vancouver), Kathleen Topp (Portland), John Topp (Scappoose), Laura Topp (Scappoose), Pauly Dexter (Beaverton); eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Joey and Ken Devine. Grace recently was blessed by two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Kimberly, whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Ken; and her husbands, Wesley Topp and Erv Douglas.
Grace graduated from Pillager High School in Minnesota, attended a secretarial school and enlisted in the Navy, serving in Seattle for a year and four months. After Wes Topp was discharged from the Army in 1945 they were married.
Grace and Wes moved to Oregon in 1947 and raised their five children in Portland, Ore. Wes Topp died in 1971. Grace married Erv Douglas in 1989. Erv had a six children and several grandchildren. Erv died in 1999. Grace retired from US Bank in 1984. 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. She enjoyed traveling and resided between Klipsan Beach, Wash., and Yuma, Ariz.
Grace died from colon cancer. Memorial contributions can be made to WAVES National, Columbia River Ripples, Pioneer United Methodist Church in Portland or the organization of your choice. Burial rites and military honors will be conducted at a future date at Willamette National Cemetery. Thank you mom for all you have done. You have had a remarkable life. We love you!
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