June 16, 1933 - Oct. 30, 2010
Janice J. "Jan" March, Couse Creek Road, Milton-Freewater, passed away Oct. 30, 2010, at her home at the age of 77 years. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Hospital, Salvation Army or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the March home immediately following the graveside service.
Jan was born June 16, 1933, in Walla Walla, the daughter of Lester and Eleanor (Clark) Green. She grew up on a farm on Winesap Road, stateline Oregon, where they raised apples, cherries and apricots. She attended local schools. Before entering high school she was introduced to Herbert March by her brother Jack. This then led to courting and she graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1951. She then left for the Hawaiian Islands to play and later worked at Kau Kau Corner, a Honolulu drive-in restaurant, as a carhop for about a year. Herb went to Hawaii to ask for her hand in marriage. They were engaged at Trader Vic's. The couple were married at the Ingle Chapel on Feb. 24, 1952. The couple began their career in wheat farming and raising their family. Jan worked as a farmer's wife, which is a very hard job. One of which was decorating their early 1900s farmhouse. This then led to an antiques store, sharing it with Nadine Snow in Milton-Freewater. Her other passions were gardening, winter ski trips with family and friends, traveling abroad to Spain to visit her late sister Carmen Butterworth and England to visit her mother and stepfather. Her love for animals lasted throughout her life, she could not turn away a stray. In 1972, Jan began a large project of building a new home next to the farmhouse, putting her many talents to good use. She created a masterpiece with old doors and stained glass windows and an array of other things. After completing their new home in 1973, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, eventually becoming a 37-year survivor. Her life, filled with all of her passions and more farming, land acquisitions and 14 years of raising cattle, kept her very busy. Jan was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid-August 2010 and will be remembered as a very strong-willed, sturdy, hardworking loving wife, mother, grandmother and beloved friend.
Jan is survived by her husband, Herb March, at the home; a son, Herby March of Milton-Freewater; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Trey Albade of Burien, Wash.; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Elaine Green of Milton-Freewater; a granddaughter, Kaelin Albade of Spokane; a brother-in-law, Russ Butterworth; nephews and wives Mike and Cory Hewitt, Pat and Jan Hewitt, Paul Green; nieces and husband Laura and Tobias Baskin, Sharon Demaris; and great-nephew Nic Baskin.