Jane Kempe

Jane Kempe

Jane, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Feb. 22 at her home in Sedona.

She was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 12, 1933. She grew up in Ojai, Calif., graduating from the Happy Valley School, where she met her husband of 62 years. They married in l953 while she was attending the Otis Art Institute.

Jane’s husband entered the U. S. Foreign Service in 1956, and she served with him in Rabat, Morocco, Karachi, Pakistan, Brussels, Belgium, Bern, Switzerland, Manila, Philippines, Singapore and Washington, D.C. She pursued her career as an artist/photographer during that period, creating an orientation program for Vietnamese refugees, a travel book on the Philippines and with Philippine Airlines.

After retirement in 1985 to Orcas Island, she continued that career and still found time to sail throughout the Northwest with her husband. They were residents of Spring Point and members of the Orcas Tennis Club, the Orcas Island Yacht Club, Orcas Senior Center and the Palettes.

For reasons of health and to care for her mother, a long-time Sedona resident, they moved to Sedona in 2005, where she continued to paint and show her art. She loved traveling, and their trips to Russia, China and the Mediterranean.

Jane is survived by her husband Edson, son Jeffrey of Manti, Utah, daughter Jennifer of Issaquah, Wash., son Michael of Sedona, son Allan of Ashland, Ore., and five grandchildren.

A service of celebration for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on May 30 at the Deer Harbor Community Club.