Jane L. Cheney, 97, of Pendleton died Nov. 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton. The Rev. Jim MacKenzie will officiate. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.
Jane was a graduate of Pendleton High School where she played basketball for four years. Her championship team traveled to games by train, wearing dresses with bloomers for uniforms.
She enjoyed playing baseball “with the boys,” including her three brothers, Ned, Max and Buster. The Cheney farm often was the site of get-togethers for backyard tennis and other games.
A lifelong horsewoman, she was a member of the Pendleton Mustangers Riding Club. She rode in many Round Up parades with her friend, Margaret Harris.
Trained as a legal secretary and court recorder, Jane worked for several Pendleton attorneys and judges. When her employer, Judge William Perry, was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court, she moved to Salem to continue working for him.
After a 50-year career, she retired in 1970, continuing to live in Salem. She moved to Juniper House in Pendleton in 1999.
She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hiker with the Salem Chemeketans. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, photography and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She was a staunch Republican and a great supporter of many humanitarian efforts.
In her last years, she enjoyed the company of Kat, and the care given by her brother, Max.
Survivors include her brother, Max A. Cheney; nieces, Elizabeth Cheney Burton and Patricia Cheney Smith; a nephew, Donald Cheney; four great-nieces and four great-nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Humane Society in Pendleton through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 16, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor