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Rene (Goedhard) Kirtley

October 6, 1929 May 17, 2019
Rene (Goedhard) Kirtley
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Rene Goedhard Kirtley passed away peacefully with her family by her side on a beautiful spring day. Rene was born Oct 6, 1929 in Pasadena, Ca to Cornelis & Reiniera Goedhard, formally of Amsterdam, Holland. Rene enjoyed FHA and represented California at the Chicago National Convention, she also performed at several Tournament of Roses parades. Rene was proud of her heritage and continued baking her Dutch specialties throughout her life.
Rene married Robert Kirtley, the love of her life, in August 1959, and celebrated the birth of their only child, Alyssa, in Oct 1960. Rene earned her Master's Degree in teaching from Santa Barbara sharing her love of cooking with her students for 40+ years. Rene belonged to many professional teacher organizations including AAUW & SREA. She enjoyed traveling & was able to make several trips to Holland to visit family. Rene lived in many places including Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Colorado and Washington but her favorite place was with family & friends.
Known to her friends as the "hat lady", Rene could be found wearing her white fuzzy hat at bingo, walking around town or socializing at the VFW, Buell Grange or Fendall Hall events - she loved the dessert auctions!
Rene is survived by her daughter Alyssa (Allan) Green, sister-in-law Delores Goedhard, and known as Auntie to many dearly loved nieces, nephews and grandnieces/nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Willamina.


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