J. Jane Vandyke (Bemis)
J. Jane Van Dyke, 82, a long time resident of the Verboort community, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Hawthorne House in Forest Grove. She went to heaven to see her husband, parents and many family and friends, surrounded by her children.
J. Jane VanDyke was born on April 9, 1933 to Alva & Lula Bemis.
She worked at Standard Title Company and also at John Jersey in her early career. After having a family, she worked at the Washington County Election Office and managed the Verboort Voting Poll.
Her longtime friend Helen Elliot taught her how to drive her first car "after" she bought it! She was always so proud of her VW Bug she purchased in 1957.She was a member of the Visitation Catholic Church and served many years on the Altar Society.
She met her future Husband, Stanley Peter, at a dance at the Kansas City Dance Hall. She was foremost a Mother and Grandmother who took care of the house and all the family needs.
On Sept 26th, 1959, she married Stanley. They built their home in Verboort (across the road from where he was born) and raised their 4 children on the family farm.
She loved the beach, reading her romance novels, or 'smut' books (as her kids called them), traveling, embroidery and crochet, and playing cards with anyone who would play. Some of her favorite memories are of the monthly 'card parties' with friends where she hoped she didn't lose more than 18 cents and 'have to sit in the car'.
She provided around the clock caregiving for her husband for the last 8 years of his life. After Stanley passed away, she lived at Jennings McCall and the last four years at Hawthorne House in Forest Grove.
She always enjoyed the visits from friends and family who religiously came to visit over the years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers who died in early childhood before she was born.
She is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Carolyn (Tom) Dahlberg of Damascus, Alan VanDyke of Forest Grove, Denise (Vern) Fischer of Hood River and Sally (Todd) Webster of Hockinson, WA.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Audrey & Ellen Dahlberg, Riley & Kurt VanDyke, Ben & Jacob Fischer and Nicole & Brian Webster.
She also has numerous Nieces and Nephews who she loved to tease.
The family would like to thank the Hawthorne House for their loving and compassionate care they provided for Mom.
In Lieu of Flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association of Oregon (www.alz.org/oregon) Alzheimer's Association, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209, in her memory.