One of the Tri-Cities' oldest residents died Wednesday. Jeanne Gorce of Richland was 104. She was featured in the Herald last year when Life Care Centers of America wrote about her life in LEADER magazine.
She was born and raised in Lyon, France, where she met a young Vietnamese man, Nguyen Van Dan, who was studying to be a pharmacist. They wed, began a family and opened a pharmacy in Vietnam.
During one Japanese raid, Gorce was arrested and wrongfully accused of being a spy. She was eventually freed and took her two children to Paris. Her husband fell ill and never reunited with them.
After her son, Alfred, and daughter, Ann, grew up and moved to the United States, Gorce followed, working in department stores in San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Miami.
She moved in 1977 to Richland, where her son started his own vineyard.
Einan's at Sunset, Richland, is in charge of her services.