Obituary: Machen, Jane Ima
Jane passed away peacefully February 20, 2012, just a few short months of her 91st birthday. Jane was born in Spokane, WA on April 20th, 1921 to Melvin and Ima Machen. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1939. Jane attended Biola Bible Institute of Los Angeles. After graduation she went on a mission trip to Africa. She was sent home early because she contracted malaria. Later she attended school in Minneapolis, Minnesota and became an X-ray technician. Jane practiced her profession at St. Lukes Hospital. Later she worked for Dr. Sagerson and Dr. Hughs at the Paulsen Building in downtown Spokane. She retired for a short time and decided to go back to work as an X-ray tech at Group Health. She worked there and retired in 1999 at the age of 78. Jane was a very versatile athlete. She bolwed on a league for many years, ran Bloomsday and played softball for Maxwell House Tavern. She played until she was 65 years old. She was inducted into the Spokane’s Softball Hall of Fame in 1997 by her coach, Gene Kelly. Jane loved and cared for many cats over the years. People would say they would not mind dying if they could come back as one of Jane’s cats! Dr. Linda Wood was her Veterinarian and good friend. Jane was preceded in death by her sisters Shirley Jones and June Diffley. She is survived by her sister, Jene Tanner; close friends Geri Anderson, Mary Alice McGill and Helen Rogers; her nieces Robin Doyle, Nancy Schaper, Susan Mathis, Judy Hamele and Sheila Vitulli; and nephews Bill Jones and Mike Black. Jane loved the Lord and lived her life accordingly. Her service will be held at her church located at 2103 E. Mission Ave. on March 7th at 4 pm. Donations may be made in her memory to Mission Community Presbyterian Church.