(April 14, 2005)
Friends and family paid final respects Sunday, April 17 to Jane A. Learned, 88, at a memorial service at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell. She died Thursday, April 14 at Powell Valley Care Center following a short illness.
Jane was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Mitchell, Nebr., daughter of Charles W. and Ruby Grace Attebery. The family moved to Powell in 1923 where her father joined his brother, Harry, in the operation of the family pharmacy.
She attended Powell schools graduating from high school in 1932. She attended the university in Laramie, receiving her Normal School teaching certificate in 1934. She returned to Powell where she taught in the elementary schools.
On July 19, 1939, she married Earl W. Learned. Jane and Earl were married for 50 years until his death in 1990. They loved to dance, enjoyed playing bridge and were members of the Powell Country Club. Jane won several trophies for her golfing abilities.
Probably some of the happiest times for the couple were the weekends and vacations spent at their mountain cabin on the North Fork, which was purchased in the early 1940s and remains in the family today. They continued to live in Powell, raising their three children, Wes, Jack and Janice. Jane was active in the community as a member of the Union Presbyterian Church and was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Jane was a life member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She spent many years working as a substitute teacher, and she also worked part-time for the Powell Tribune, a position she truly enjoyed.
After several long winter vacations in Arizona, Jane and Earl retired to Tucson permanently in 1974. Staying active, Jane accepted the position of manager of the San Remo Apartment Complex. She enjoyed working with the residents and socializing around the pool and recreation center. She held this position for almost 10 years.
Jane and Earl returned to Powell in 1989 to begin residence at the Rocky Mountain Manor. She continued living there after her husband died. She moved into the new Heartland assisted living facility in Powell in 2001.
Survivors include her children, Wes (Linda) Learned of Powell, Jack (Cathy) Learned of Boise, Idaho, and Janice (Learned) Scott and husband Jim of Billings, Mont.; her grandchildren, Janice (Learned) Spencer and husband Ray, Scott Learned and wife Brenda, Rae (Learned) Eckley and husband Greg, James Learned and wife Mariah, Nick Learned, Nate Learned, Shane O'Brien and wife Janna and Brandy (O'Brien) Coffin and husband Stacy, Scott Henrichs and wife Heather, Jimmy Scott and wife Jenny, Jeremy Scott, Jessica (Scott) Reelfs and husband David; and 10 grandchildren.
She leaves behind her very special friend and companion of the past 13 years, Walter C. Nelson of Powell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; and her sister, Dorothy.
Cremation has taken place. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Billings or a charity of choice.