The following obituary was published in the Portland Tribune on March 6, 2010.
Juanita 'Nita' Theople Imrie Jayne
May 20, 1908-Jan. 18, 2010
Gresham resident Juanita 'Nita' Theople Imrie Jayne, 101, died Monday, Jan. 18, at Farmington Square Gresham.
No services will be held. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale, Wash.
Nita was born May 20, 1908, in Goodnoe Hills, Wash., to William Albert Imrie and Arvilla Jane Beeks, the 10th of 11 children. Her family had more than 1,000 acres of wheat, livestock, fruits and vegetables. Due to illnesses in the family, they traveled a great deal. Nita, who was nicknamed Mouse because of her quiet personality, was raised in Goodnoe Hills, in Goldendale and in Melrose, Ore. She graduated from Goldendale High School.
As a young adult, Nita traveled between Seattle and San Francisco and worked as a waitress. She married Joseph McAfee Jayne, and they began a traveling business selling gifts and handmade items to department stores. Joe preceded her in death on July 2, 1952.
Nita also worked for Boeing. She later teamed with her cousin, Stella May McCrady, and they traveled together in a recreational vehicle and spent many winters in Mexico and in Yuma, Ariz.
Nita moved to Gresham in the mid-1970s and lived at Palmquist Estates Mobile Home Park. She moved into a care facility in December 2009.
Nita was involved with Loners on Wheels, an RV/trailer traveling club that held monthly campouts and rallies. Nita also belonged to the Widows of the Elks 1805 and was active in the Gresham Senior Center with exercise classes and lunch. She delivered food through Meals-On-Wheels.
Nita enjoyed sewing, fishing, making craft items, cribbage, traveling, visiting friends and family and cocktail hour. She also loved to get greeting cards from family and friends and to talk about how she knew them and about their activities.
She was preceded in death by her cousin, Stella; and by all of her brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to Odyssey Hospice Foundation, 8625 S.W. Cascade Ave., Suite 500, Beaverton, 97008. Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.