Anne R. Gulbranson

September 18, 1923 - July 26, 2023

Anne (Mrs. John R.) Gulbranson, 99, Bainbridge Island, Wash., died July 26, 2023. She was the great-granddaughter of Seattle pioneer Dr. Henry Allen Smith. A huge influence was her paternal grandmother, Olive W. Roberts, one of the founders of Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle. The daughter of Eleanor and John Dudley Roberts, Anne was born September 18, 1923, in Seattle. Her early years were spent in Seattle’s Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods and on Vashon Island. She attended Helen Bush School, graduated from West Seattle High School, and attended Washington State College. She married John R. “Jack” Gulbranson in 1947. They had four children, Robert Dudley “Bud,” Mary Lou, Gail, and Mark. The family moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in 1962, where Anne enjoyed her beloved home on Pleasant Beach for 57 years.

Anne was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Bud, and brother Dave Roberts. She is survived by her children, Mary Lou (Glenn) Austin, Gail (Howard) Jensen, and Mark (Mary Carol) Gulbranson; five grandchildren, Jocelyn Ungar, J.J. Jensen, Amy Ahlers, Laura Cameron, and Erin Robinson; nine great-grandchildren; and niece Jill McDonnell.

Anne will always be remembered for her kindness, open heart, and generosity. She had a deep habit of acknowledgment and appreciation that endured until the end. She would do anything for her family, and her gentle, nurturing spirit touched the hearts of all who knew her. She was an avid reader, well informed, and smart, and she and her husband Jack shared a wonderful sense of humor that saw them through the years.

A private celebration of life was held August 27, 2023. Memorials may be made to Seattle Children’s. For more information, including a longer tribute, please visit