Anna Marie Spores



Anna Marie Spores passed away at home in Medford, on

January 25, 2008; two days short of her 81st birthday. Anna was born in Eugene, Ore., to Walter and Veda Gossler on January 27, 1927. She was preceded in death by her mather and father as well as one grandchild.



Anna married the love of her life, Darrel Spores, on May 2, 1948. Their family grew with the addition of two sons, Alson and Michael. During these early years of marriage and family, Anna also received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the

University of Washington; and a masters in mathematics from the University of Oregon.



Anna began her teaching career at Linwood Jr. High,

Washington. Upon relocation with family to Springfield, Ore., Anna taught at Thurston Jr. High. Anna also taught at Phoenix High after another family move to Medford. In 1969, Anna and Darrel started on the adventure of their life as

missionaries in Nigeria. There they built and taught at a boarding school "down bush" in Jalingo. They lived there for the next — 1/2 years. Upon returning to Oregon, they resided in Grants Pass; Anna taught at North Middle School and North Valley High School until she retired.



Anna and Darrel returned to the mission field this time in Sierra Leone as business managers of the Mission House for the next 6 1/2 years. Returning home, Anna and Darrel moved into the Rogue Valley Manor.



Anna loved crafts of all kinds, and shared her artistic talents with family and friends alike. She was also a passionate game player, ready to play any type of game with anyone. She especially loved playing games with her four

grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandi, Todd and Julee. She also played many games with the older of her 9 great-grandchildren. Anna will be greatly missed by her family and friends all over the world.



Memorial services will be held at Medford First United

Methodist Church on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Campership Fund, for camping scholarships.