Zana Dorres
Zana Dorres
Zana Dorres
Zana Dorres
Zana Dorres
Zana Dorres

Obituary of Zana Mae Dorres

Zana Mae Dorres died in her home Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 as a result of a stroke. She was surrounded by her children.

 Zana Mae Dorres was born in Portland, Ore., Sept. 30, 1924 to Thomas Parker Dudley and Blossom (Conrad) Dudley. When she was 3 years old her mother died and she was raised by her father and her maternal grandmother.

Zana attended Beaumont Grade School and Grant High School, graduating in 1942. Her first employment was at Meier & Frank Department Store, where she met her future husband, Robert Fred Dorres. They married after he returned from service in World War II. They had two children, Diane and David. Zana and Bob were married for 28 years, until Bob died after a long illness.

Zana was a full-time homemaker until her husband’s illness made it necessary for her to find employment. She worked for Standard Insurance Company for 22 years in various departments. She retired in 1986 as Senior Claim Specialist in the Individual Insurance Division. After retirement she enrolled at Portland Community College, earning an Associate’s Degree and graduating with honors at age 69.

Zana was involved in children’s ministries for 54 years (children’s choir director, Sunday school teacher, mentor, author and director of special programs). She served in four churches: Northminster Presbyterian, Haven Bible Church, North Baptist and St. John Lutheran.

She directed the adult choir for 28 years at Haven Bible Church and four years at St. John Lutheran.

Zana played violin in the Portland Junior Symphony (now Portland Youth Harmonic) and in the University of Portland Community Orchestra. She sang with the Portland Symphonic Choir and with the Lutheran Choral Association Choir.

Zana is survived by her daughter, Diane Yunck (Bob); son, David Dorres (Pat); grandchildren, Deryl Yunck (Heather), Paul Dorres (Kaori), Jason Yunck (Betsy) and Melissa Dorres (Bryan); great-grandchildren, Dominique Yunck, Rebekkah Yunck, Kiyora Dorres and Yuzu Dorres; sister, Alice Richmond; nephew, Paul Richmond; and niece, Renae Richmond. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church, 4227 N. Lombard St., Portland.

There will be a light lunch following. The public is invited.

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