MILTON-FREEWATER Janice J. Jan March, 77, of Milton-Freewater died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the March home immediately following the graveside service.
Mrs. March was born June 16, 1933, in Walla Walla to Lester and Eleanor (Clark) Green. She grew up on a farm on Winesap Road, Stateline, where they raised apples, cherries and apricots. She attended local schools and graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1951. Before entering high school she was introduced to Herbert March by her brother Jack.
After high school she left for the Hawaiian Islands to play, and later worked at a 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. The couple married at the Ingle Chapel in 1952.
The Marches began their career in wheat farming and raising their family. She worked as a farmers wife and, in 1972, began building a new home next to the farmhouse. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1973 after she finished her new home; she was a 37-year survivor. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid-August 2010 after 14 more years of farming, raising cattle and other projects.
Mrs. March is survived by her husband Herb March at the home; son Herby March of Milton-Freewater; daughter Jennifer Albade of Burien, Wash.; brother Jack Green of Milton-Freewater; one granddaughter; and nieces, nephews, great-nephews and other family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Hospital, Salvation Army or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97836.