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D. Jane Conley was born on November 19, 1929, in Cosmopolis, Washington, to William Howard and Lilian Jane (Greer) Conley.
She was a 1947 graduate of Port Townsend High School and a member of their Alumni Association's class of '47.
During that time, she was very active in Rainbow for Girls, was a past Worthy Advisor of Assembly No. 40 in Port Townsend, held a Grand Office and was honored to be a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color.
She went to work at J.C. Penney's in 1948 and through the years was able to work in the Port Angeles and Cheyenne, Wyoming, stores. She returned to Port Angeles, where she retired in January of 1986.
She was one of the original "Old Penney Gals."
She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. She also belonged to the Sequim Senior Center, the Museum & Arts Center of Sequim, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1024, Eagles Auxiliary No. 483, the Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers and Lupus International.
Jane met her husband, Ernest Ahlvers of Sequim, on a blind date in January of 1947. They were married in Port Angeles on November 5, 1949, and continued to make their home in Port Angeles until the fall of 2007, when they downsized to Sequim.
She was preceded in death by her special grandmother, Ida M. Greer of Aberdeen, Washington, and her father, Army engineer William Howard Conley, who was killed in action in the South Pacific in January of 1945. Her mother, her aunts and uncles also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Ernie Ahlvers; siblings Pat, Bob and Jim Rowe; sister-in-law Elaine Stoner; and special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
At her request, no service is scheduled. If you wish, when you see a beautiful rainbow or a friendly puppy dog, send a little thought her way.
Memorials to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362, are always appreciated.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 22, 2014