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Longtime Port Angeles resident Irma "Jean" Hanify, 86, died peacefully March 10 after a long battle with cancer.
She was born August 8, 1926, in Springfield, Missouri, and moved to Port Angeles as a child. During high school, she was "Poppy Queen" and volunteered as a candy striper at Olympic Memorial Hospital.
She later worked as cashier for the Milwaukee Railroad, a job she held for 38 years until retirement.
Her job duties included daily stops at all the local pulp and paper mills — Peninsula Plywood, Rayonier and Crown Zellerbach — to perform safety checks on freight and tank cars, and to compile bills of lading.
At times, she would be required to work in Port Townsend, where the rail line ran at the time.
Upon her retirement, she was granted a lifetime Amtrak rail pass.
Her late husband, Donald Elmer Hanify of the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard, also worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 25 years until his death in 1975. She will be memorialized next to him at Mount Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles.
She was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mount Pleasant Grange, Veterans of Foreign Wars, First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
Her passion was trout and steelhead fishing, and she also enjoyed gardening and giving away the fruits (and vegetables) of her labor to friends and neighbors. Later in life, she became a Washington State University Master Gardener.
She is survived by a sister, Bert Peterson; a son; two daughters; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to
, www.komen.org; and Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 31, 2013