Mary Jane Boyd was born March 30, 1922, to Leslie Edward and Florence May (nee Myers) Forrest in San Francisco, Calif., and died of congestive heart failure in Hood River, Ore., on Aug. 26, 2012, at age 90.
Jane lived her early life in San Francisco, except for two years in her father’s home town of Spokane. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco in 1940 and began attending San Francisco City College.
While there she took a meteorology class and this led to an observer’s position with the U.S. Weather Bureau at San Francisco Airport from 1942 to 1946.
In 1944 she met Malcolm W. Boyd at a YWCA dance while Mal was in transit to the South Pacific with the Navy for World War II. They corresponded for the next two years and were married on his return from the Philippines in February 1946.
Their only son, William John, was born Christmas Eve the same year. Jane went back to work at an insurance company while Mal completed his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley.
In 1953 they purchased a house in Palo Alto and raised their son there for the next 26 years. In 1960 Jane went back to college part-time, graduating from San Jose State University in 1974 with a major in early childhood education.
In 1980 Mal and Jane moved to Sandy, Ore., to be closer to their son and his family. They lived in the house they built in Sandy until April of this year when Mal died and Jane moved to Hood River to be closer to her son and his family.
Jane’s early interests were tennis and folk dancing. She also loved cats, bird watching, and canoeing with Malcolm. She was interested in history and participated with Malcolm in Revolutionary War Re-enactments. Mal and Jane began camping in 1955 and continued for the next 50 years.
Jane is survived by her son, William, and his wife, Barbara, her step-grandsons Eric and Brent Sponbauer, and Eric’s children, Kaden and Lauren.
Graveside rites at Willamette National Cemetery are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, where she will be laid to rest with her husband.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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