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Official Obituary of

Jimmie A (Myers) Vandever

October 23, 1936 ~ March 27, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Jimmie Vandever Obituary

Jimmie A. Vandever of Umatilla, Oregon, was born on October 23, 1936 in Cuba, New Mexico. She died at 87 years old on March 27, 2024 in Pendleton, Oregon at her new home in the Suttle Care facility, which she said was beautiful and felt comfortable - just like home .  

Jimmie was born as Audine LaNell, but at the spry young age of 2.5 she told her momma and daddy that she wanted her name changed to Jimmie , because it needed to sound tougher. Which they obliged . Jimmie was the epitome of “ daddy’s little girl “, she was his right hand helping with all the chores . Jimmie had 3 siblings , two sisters who have passed - Lita and Nita, and one living brother, Lloyd. 

Jimmie met the love her life Keith Vandever in Fence Lake, New Mexico, where they were married on her 18th birthday October 23 , 1954  . Her daddy “ boycotted “ and didn’t attend the wedding , not because he disapproved , but because he didn’t want to lose his baby girl and right hand man . 

Keith and Jimmie were married for 70 years . They had 4 boys: Jimmy Keith, Joe, Steve and Jerry . They worked hard to raise their boys to be good, loving men. Hunting and fishing was a passion that they instilled into their children and grandchildren as well. 

Jimmie’s title that she had the most pride in was being called Nana. She was blessed with 8 grandchildren: the late Jermey Vandever, Darcy Vandever, TJ Vandever, Teonna (Vandever ) McCabe, Jessica Vandever, Jacob Vandever, Ashley ( Vandever ) Johnson, and Justin Vandever.  

You could find her every August - late October, up at hunting camp reading a book, and hanging out with the grandkids who were either too young to go out on the mornings hunt, or were just to tired from the previous days hunt. She loved gardening, watching hummingbirds,  her flowers especially roses, wheel of fortune, jeopardy and unsolved mysterious. She introduced all her grandkids to coffee, which was mostly milk served in the coveted Garfield coffee cup.  

The 8 grandkids blessed Jimmie and Keith with 16 beautiful great grandkids. Who kept them young and on their toes 

Jimmie lived an amazing full life, and after 5 years was finally reunited with the love of her life in heaven. The family finds peace in knowing that they are together again. 

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