Jayne LaClaire (Skold) Evans Northrup passed away peacefully on August 14, 2012 surrounded by the support and love of her family. She died at the age of 86. She was born the daughter of Archie and Myrtle (Ringstrom) Skold on March 26, 1926 in Benson, Minnesota.
Jayne graduated from Benson High school in 1944. She married Merlyn Wayne Evans on Sept. 3, 1947 and gave birth to their five children from 1948-1961. She attended Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1947. She enjoyed attending as many reunions as possible.
She loved working as both an OB/GYN and Pediatric nurse in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and was often put in positions of leadership.
She met Jim Northrup in the Colville area when she was nine- years-old. She and her two brothers would often spend their summers in the Colville area. Jim’s parents (Rod and Mabel Northrup) and Jayne’s aunt and uncle (Alison and Mabel Benner) had adjoining ranches on Highland Loop Road.
After the passing of Jayne’s first husband, Jim and Jayne married on June 1, 1968. Once settled in Colville, Jayne became the nurse for the Colville School District and held that position for almost 20 years. She also was the coordinator for the Colville Blood Bank during her time with the school district.
Jayne was a member of the United Methodist Church, Good Sam’s Club, VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Rotary. She en¬joyed spending time with family... camping, fishing and trav¬eling around the United States in their motor home. She also was a great cook and loved researching new recipes and reading through cookbooks. Family and friends would often ask Jayne to prepare her favorite recipes for them. Jayne was also quite talented at cross-stitch, embroidery, sewing, and knitting.
Music always brought a smile to her face and recently she impressed her family and friends by remembering the lyrics of many spiritual and classic songs, even though she was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. She led the Children’s Choir at St. Paul Lutheran for several years and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” was one of their favorite songs to perform for the congregation and community.
Jayne was preceded in death by her late husband, Merlyn Wayne Evans; son Steven James Evans (survived by wife Dawna), and foster child Eric Blake.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Northrup (Colville, WA.); children Dennis Wayne Evans and wife Vicki (of Plains, Montana); Linda L. Evans (Colville); Lisa Marie Evans Austin and husband Tim (Evans); Diane Jayne Clark and husband James (Merritt, B.C.); step-children Pamela Kay Evans (Spokane); Candace Lee Acevedo and husband Gil (Spokane); Kathi Ann Harvey and husband Ken (Everett); and John Randall Northrup and wife Dawn (Graham). She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service for Mrs. Northrup will be held on Oct. 6, 2012 at the Colville Community (United Methodist) Church at 930 S. Elm from 2-4 p.m.
On the morning of Oct. 6, several of her family members will be honoring Jayne’s life by attending one of her favorite events, the Marcus Cider Fest. Jayne loved the pancake breakfast, fresh applesauce, watching the entertaining parade, eating homemade pie and playing Bingo.
Flowers are welcome and if one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made to The National Alzheimer’s Foundation.
“Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part.
God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts.”
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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