Former Brookings resident Vieva Buchanan Redmond, 94, of Portland, died April 21, 2012 in Portland.
Born in Crane to Leo Buchanan and Mabyl Briggs, Vieva was the third of five children. The family left Crane when she was two and moved to a farm in Hood River. There, her mother taught in a schoolhouse and her father farmed.
Vieva graduated from Hood River High School in 1934 and attended University of Oregon. During her college years, she met Clarence “Pat” Redmond at a dance, and became his bride in 1937. They both left college the following year to seek employment during the Great Depression.
Pat and Vieva eventually moved to Portland and found jobs there. Their first child, Michael, was born in 1941, four days before Pearl Harbor was bombed in World War II. In 1944, a year after they bought their first house, their son David was born.
Vieva’s successful career helped to further advance equal opportunity for all women. In 1952, she started work at First National Bank as a teller. She excelled at her job and received promotions, and in 1966 she was named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Medford Chapter of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club. Later, in 1968, she received the Golden Touch Award for significant contributions toward the advancement of women. First National Bank and the Medford Mail Tribune honored Vieva for her progression from bank teller, through other positions, to Women’s Banking Representative for 14 branches in southern Oregon. By 1974, all of her hard work earned her a place as the first female bank manager in Oregon.
Over the next six years, Vieva was active in clubs and organizations. When she retired from full-time work at the bank in 1980, she became a substitute manager for those away from work. The following years were filled with travel, remodeling, and celebrating her 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries.
The couple lived in Brookings from 1995 to 2007. While in Brookings, Vieva was an active member of Unity Church.
Her beloved husband Pat passed away of Alzheimer’s in 2005, having retired from the Medford Mail Tribune classified advertising department in 1976.
Vieva lived a long, full, successful life until she was called to leave us at 94 years of age.
She is preceded in death by her husband, and son Michael.
Vieva is survived by her son David, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday May 20, at Unity Church, Masonic Lodge, 416 Azalea Park Road, in Brookings.
Submitted by the family.