July 21 2001
Jane Kay Phillips Calhoon
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: May 26, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Springfield, Missouri, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 15, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
Love has no age, no limit, and no death.

This memorial website was created in memory of an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, Jane Calhoon. Please check back occasionally since this is a work in progress. The Calhoon family is hoping you will share your memories and stories about Jane. She is greatly loved and missed. 

Jane peacefully passed away in her home in Gig Harbor, WA on Monday morning, June 15, 2015.  She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jerry Calhoon, who cared for her at home during her long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  

Jane was a kind and supportive mother to Michael, Sean, Matthew, Peter, and Timothy Calhoon; a loving mother-in-law and friend to Tricia Calhoon, Nancy Calhoon, and Deby Moehnke; and a proud grandmother to 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her two siblings, Angeline Phillips Jeske and Sydney Honor Phillips. 

Friends and family will gather to celebrate her life on 
July 17 at 2 PM at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church located at 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego, OR  97035
A reception will be held immediately following at the home of Sean and Nancy Calhoon. We will remember her contagious energy, nurturing spirit and incredible ability to bring people together and make them feel special.  We will miss her smile and laughter.   

Flowers for the service may be sent to the church or donations may be made in Jane's name to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund <https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/CureAlzFund/OnlineDonation.html


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sidney Phillips on 15th June 2016

"I remember meeting Jane in New York City for lunch. I think she was on a "sewing trip" when she bought fabric and sewing supplies. I was doing my psychiatry residency at the time in Connecticut. I was nervous being a Southerner now up in the Northeast. Jane was so warm and gracious and funny that she set me at ease. We had a great conversation while walking around the city, and we enjoyed one another's company."

This tribute was added by Rannie Beaver on 6th July 2015

"To start, for whatever reason, my thoughts told me to look up Jane this evening. it is with deep sadness I post this. I wasn't aware she had passed. I did know she hadn't been well. I still remember our phone conversation a year or so ago. she was having a Good memory day and knew who I was. Jane was my high school home economics teacher at west Linn high school many years ago.  I will forever be greatful to her for seeing my potential and love for sewing, as it has brought me where I am today in the las Vegas entertainment industry. I still remember going to visit her in her quaint historical home in west Linn, what was then considered Willamette.  Every summer I was home from ice capades I'd make it a point to go and visit her. although I hadn't seen her in many years prior to her illness,  I'd make a call at least once a year to see how she was doing. oh how I cherish those calls. I still see her sweet smile, her tiny frame and can remember her laugh. she was such an inspiration to me and I am forever grateful. I will miss her and our phone conversations. I pray for peace and comfort for the family for their loss. I will miss Jane very much, she was a wonderful teacher and friend."

This tribute was added by Carole Risley on 3rd July 2015

"I am so sad to have lost touch with Jane and family in recent years.  There are so many memories.  I dropped by often in the summer when my boys were at ball practice down at the park.  Once she had just pulled several loaves of bread from the oven and was hemming cutoffs  - no ragged stringy cutoffs for her boys!  And the Christmas Eve parties!  I wanted to be just like Jane, but I couldn't pull it off.  I know you have so many  wonderful memories, Jerry and family."

This tribute was added by Alan Calhoon on 24th June 2015

"I love the memories when my brother Jerry escorted Jane to our home in Bend, Oregon to meet our parents and other family. When I first met Jane I was a child in grade school. Jane always treated me, and others with love and kindness spoiling me with special things she would make. I especially remember a birthday cake made to look like a steam boat that Jane made for me. Jane always brought a special happy light to our family and I loved her very much. I remember being Jerry and Jane's ring bearer at their wedding...white tux and ring on pillow, the whole shabang, what a great memory!! Those fond memories, so many.. getting together at our home in Bend... then our home in Salem for patio BBQ's with my other brothers, sister-in-laws and sister brother -in-laws and their children. Family outings, picnics, lake outings, Rose parades. When Jerry and Jane started having kids it was fun to experience the beginning announcements of pregnancy to the birth that enriched my life of their love and devotion that Jane always had so much of to everyone she met, but especially her family. If ever there was a unique personal contact that you knew was an Angel, that was what I always thought of in Jane. Jane's presence is now a void that is filled with great life memories of living life to the fullest and touched so many peoples lives with love, kindness and happiness. Jane is now in our Lord's House spreading more love and joy. Jane had the best care from her husband, my brother Jerry, who was totally devoted to her years of personal care through her Alzheimer's episode.  Jane will be missed but never forgotten. Jane is now in our Lord's House spreading more love and joy. We will see her again soon."

This tribute was added by Traci Pitzer on 24th June 2015

"I only remember Aunt Jane from my early childhood, but I remember her vibrant presence cast a joyful, positive light over her household and those who were privileged to enter.   I remember enjoying being around her.  I still have the beautiful clay Christmas ornament she made me many years ago.  She sure was gifted!  I pray the Lord will bring comfort to Uncle Jerry and her children and those who were close to her during her life here on earth.  She clearly impacted many lives and is dearly missed."

This tribute was added by JOE DALY on 23rd June 2015

"Denise an I know Jane from our time together at St. James. As newcomers to Oregon, Jane always made herself fully present when she was speaking with Denise and I. She showed herself to be a servant of God and truly generous in all her words and actions. We are grateful for the time we spent together with Jane and Jerry. We are very sorry for your loss, and praying for your family. Thanks for letting us be a part of your family over the years at your holiday parties. With love, Joe and Denise"

This tribute was added by Mike & Nan Bogdan on 23rd June 2015

"Dear Janie was such a bright light.  She was our Tri Delta sister, and always a loving, supportive and active sister.  Surely her dear soul will have touched so many -- and what an influence she will continue to be.
Jerry, you and your dear family have my deepest sympathy.

Lovingly, Mary Jenks Burck"

This tribute was added by Nanc Calhoon on 23rd June 2015

"Special thought form your Sister in law - So many wonderful memories of our time together, family gathering at your home in West Linn, Christmas parties where you always had a hand made gift for everyone. You and Jerry were the best!! I will always thank the Lord that I had the prlvledge to call you Sister.  Jim and I loved you both so much and know that your pain is gone and that your home with our Lord.  We were both blessed Jane by being married to wonderful Calhoon Men.  Love you for ever.  Nanc' Calhoon"

This tribute was added by Rolleen Nelson on 22nd June 2015

"Oh Jane,  
How I wish I would have known you during your sewing says,  we
Could have had so much on buying trips..  There is no more suffering
For you.  You are in the arms of our lord now and at peace. Now you
Be a good girl."

This tribute was added by Sally Lambert on 22nd June 2015

"I lit a candle for you, Jane... you were one who carried the Light and all of us who know you were blessed by your light."

This tribute was added by joanne perrin on 22nd June 2015

"I have wonderful memories of times with Jane and our quilting excursions together.  It was always a challenge to pack the sewing machines, supplies and food for five women in the trunk of the car for our outings at the Perrin's Cabin.  She was such an inspiration for us all."

This tribute was added by Sarah & Rich Kaufman on 22nd June 2015

"Circa early 1980's - Lake Oswego, Ore.....Jane and I (along with our very supportive-and handy husbands!) created SARAH JANES FINE FABRICS.  Oh such fond memories of the shop - beginning with Jerry high on a ladder painting stripes - our 'custom' sales counter with a real cash drawer....and Jane I with dreams of the Brinks truck once a week - in our future!  We sewed garments for the shop - we took turns running the store - and we had one very jolly trip to market - New York City! Dearest Jane - I close my eyes and see us - and I hear your infectious laughter.  Such joy you brought to so many lives."

This tribute was added by Mary Sue Anton on 22nd June 2015

"Jane was one of my numerous cousins from the Phillips line.  I remember her and her sister Angie when their parents Bill and Gwen Phillips lived near Kansas City in the late 1940s. I was a boarding student at Loretto Academy where my sisters and I were away from home for the first time and Aunt Gwen--and Uncle Bill-- were a bounty of kindness to us during this period.  Later, I had the opportunity to visit with the Phillips sisters and meet their spouses when Angie and Hank's son Mark married in New Mexico near Albuquerque.  My husband Art and I were in Santa Fe visiting our son David so we attended the festivities. It proved such a blessing to get reacquainted with Angie and Jane and meet their families, and although I visited Angie and Hank several times after that I did not have the pleasure of seeing Jane and Jerry again, just keeping in touch via Christmas cards.  It was always fun looking at the cleverly-arranged family photos which Jane sent.  May the good Lord keep her in his loving care and shelter the family as you all say goodbye.  Jerry, as you know I lost my husband last year so take care of yourself and let's keep in touch.  With love and prayers."

This tribute was added by Mike & Nan Bogdan on 21st June 2015

"We have known Jane and Jerry since college days.  Jane was Nan's
Tri-Delta "sister" and Jerry is Mike's "brother" in the SAE fraternity.  I remember that Jane was president of DDD our senior year … until she married Jerry before graduation. Nan finished her term as president … a very hard act to follow.  She inspired us all with her leadership skills and caring manner.  We send our deepest sympathy to Jerry & family."

This tribute was added by Jerry Calhoon on 21st June 2015

"My true soulmate and my best friend.  She put up with a lot from me without complaining, always with humor and love. I have always loved Jane and always will.  I know she is in the arms of our Lord now and restored  completely. My journey in this life with Jane and our whole family has been so wonderfully blessed."

This tribute was added by Hank Jeske on 21st June 2015

"Thoughts from your brother in law.

My seventy nine years of life have been fortunate for me as a recipient of many blessings.  Major blessings of my early years were my family and extended families from sibling marriages.  Then Jane became a major part of my life during 1982 when I married Angie and blessings continued with the addition of Angie’s sister Jane Calhoon as sister in law, and the Calhoon family as my extended family.  

A substantial part of my life from 1982 were many years of love and caring that I received from Jane.  Jane was in every way a true sister, not a “in law”, and I loved her as a sister.   When Angie and I prepared to get married, Jane provided the ideal setting for a wedding at her house and she and Jerry sacrificed substantial time for creating a perfect wedding.  That wedding provided wonderful memories that are with me every day.  Jane was also always there when Angie and I needed assistance and support to confront many difficulties and tragedies we were confronted with over the years.  I could go on to describe volumes of history with Jane “being there” to help.

My last moment to see Jane was when I traveled to Jane and Jerry’s home at Gig Harbor, August of 2014.  At that time Jane was showing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease but I was able to kiss Jane goodbye when I left for return travel to New Mexico.  I will never know if Jane was aware of my presence and love for her, but I do know I had received a gift from God with being able to say goodbye to Jane before she departed this life.  I will miss Jane immensely until.........

Love and condolences to the Calhoon Family, Hank ( and Angie ) Jeske"

This tribute was added by Nancy Calhoon on 16th June 2015

"A bright light, always in our hearts and on our mind. Words cannot express your impact on my life.  I love you and will miss you."

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Michael Calhoon
Jerry Calhoon
Mike Calhoon
Nancy Calhoon
Sean Calhoon
Tricia Calhoon

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