Reta Avdeef
Reta Avdeef
Reta Avdeef

Obituary of Reta Winifred Avdeef

Reta Winifred Avdeef (Clark) 

May 7, 1938 to February 23, 2022


Reta Winifred Avdeef (Clark) was born May 7th, 1938, in San Pedro, California to Harry William Clark and Nina Rose Zankie. Reta had three marriages Terry Salo, Clarence Schaub, and John Avdeef. Reta had one child Steven Salo. Reta lived in Wilsonville Oregon for 29 years. She loved people, life, and traveling. Her warm smile and engaging manner encouraged conversations with a wide range of people from all walks of life. She was always curious about people and enjoyed hearing what people had to say.


She met many people during her travels and leaves behind may who will miss her wit and conversation. She especially enjoyed a month-long trip to South Africa visiting two safari camps and a number of 5 star hotels and resorts. She also enjoyed several ocean cruises thru the Mediterranean and Baltic. She fondly spoke of stay in a 400-year-old hotel that was just across from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey. She vividly recalled watching the call to prayer from the Blue Mosque. The high lite of all her travels were the people she met and the friends she made.


Reta graduated from Astoria High School where she was very active in school. Reta was on the Astoria High School Rally Squad. She was an Astoria Regatta Princess. She enjoyed seeing people she attended school with. She often met them in Astoria and at their class reunions. From the age of 6 Reta lived in the John Jacob Astor Hotel in Astoria. The hotel was her home up to the time she graduated from High School. This left Reta with a lifelong curiosity about people and the world. Her trip to Africa fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing the African animals in the wild. This dream was enabled when at one of her class reunions she told a classmate that she would like to travel to African. Her classmate said if she would make all the plans she would go. This was the start of their worldwide travels.


In her early years Reta was a Commercial fisherman on the Columbia River. At the height of her fishing career, she had a new boat build that was named after her, the “Reta W”. Reta worked in a veterinary clinic in California and at Tektronics in Beaverton Oregon. Later Reta managed the shipping, receiving, pricing, and stocking for three Scotts Baby News stores in Portland. Thru the years Reta remained in contact with a number of friends she worked with or met during her working years. For Reta they were all family, and she will be missed.


Reta is survived by her companion of 38 years Kevin King.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favourite charity in Reta's name.

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