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Jeanne M. Pargeter

November 16, 1919 - November 18, 2013


"She was a loving mother and gracious homemaker"

Jeanne M. Pargeter, 94, widow of Richard E. Pargeter of Woodburn, passed away at Riverside Adult Family Home in Vancouver, Wash.

Jeanne was born in Portland to Marvel Ann Higgenbotham and Ralph Stanley Richardson. Her mother died when Jeanne was 15 and she went to live with her grandparents in Roseburg. There she met and married Richard in 1938. The couple by: SUBMITTED - Jeanne Pargetermoved to California where her first two children, Wendy Joan and Stephen Richard, were born. While in California Richard was drafted into the war effort and he served in the Navy. Following World War II they moved the family to Portland. They lived in Portland until 1957 when the family moved to Woodburn, where Richard became a partner in the Killian Smith Farm Equipment dealership. While living in Woodburn Jeanne and Richard had two more children, Richard Mark and Barbara Jean. The couple lived in Woodburn until 2001 when Richard died at age 84 after the couple celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Following Richard’s death, Jeanne moved several times and eventually resided in Hood River where her youngest daughter lived. Jeanne suffered from Parkinson’s disease and its progression forced her to move again to get better care. She moved to Vancouver in 2012 where her eldest daughter Wendy Manning lived and near her son Stephen who lives in Ridgefield, Wash.

Jeanne had many passions in life to include reading, sewing, golf and maintaining the home. She worked at the Woodburn Public Library for years and was active in the social club PEO. She was also a member of the sorority Sigma Kappa which she joined in her college days at the University of Oregon. Jeanne was active in St. Luke Catholic Church and sang in the choir for many years. Jeanne was always surrounded by friends and played bridge, accomplished a variety of crafts and was happiest with her friends.

Jeanne is survived by her children, nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild who was born early in the year she passed. She died of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Her remains were interned with Richard’s at the Willamette Valley Cemetery in Portland. A simple ceremony at the cemetery celebrated her life and passing.