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JANE MORROW Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home Jane Morrow passed away at home on Friday, August 26, 2016, after a long illness. Jane was born on December 8, 1927 to George Albert and Cora Mable (Brock) Smart in Wilbur, Washington, where she spent her childhood and graduated from high school. The youngest of eight children, with three sisters and four brothers, Jane grew up on a small farm just outside of town. Her father died from complications following a fall when she was just two years old, and Jane often recalled sitting on her mother's lap looking through a Sears catalog for a new daddy. After graduating from high school, Jane took a job as a waitress in a small caf‚ in Wilbur. There she met a young sailor, Herbert Morrow, who was passing through town on his way to Idaho. Herb decided to extend his time in Wilbur to get better acquainted. They were married shortly after the conclusion of WWII, on December 20, 1946. They settled in Pasco, Washington, where they welcomed three children, Marsha Morrow, Gregory Morrow and Thomas Morrow. When her youngest child began kindergarten, Jane enrolled at Columbia Basin College with the goal of becoming a teacher. She completed her undergraduate work at Eastern Washington State College, and later earned a Master of Arts in Education from Walla Walla University, all while juggling the demands of family. For the next thirty years, Jane was a first grade teacher, and later a reading specialist, at three Pasco elementary schools, Emerson, Robert Frost and Mark Twain. She was a dedicated, hard-working teacher. She thrived on her work with her students and their families, and loved nothing more than talking shop with other teachers in her time off. Jane remained energetic and eager for new experiences following her retirement. She volunteered to teach English as a second language in China. She spent six months in Shanghai and visiting other cities in China. After her return, she toured Europe and later took long road trips throughout the U.S. Jane was also a dedicated square dancer and clogger. She was an active and enthusiastic member of the Tri Cities Circulators and the Columbia River Squares for many years. She enjoyed nothing more than attending local dances, and traveling with fellow members to square dancing events around the country. Jane was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Despite her many interests and activities, family always came first for her. She loved to play card games and board games with her children and grandchildren, and was known for her energy, good humor and silly one-liners. Jane was in failing health during the last several years, but with the assistance, support and dedication of her son, Tom, she was able to remain in her home until the end. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, George and Cora Mable Smart; her husband, Herbert Morrow; her sisters Viola Irene Smart Lee, Violet Leone Smart Nelson, Alta Mable Smart Christians; her brothers, Richard Smart, George Smart, William Roscoe Smart, and Kenneth Virgle Smart. She is survived by her children, Marsha Morrow (Errol Bird), Greg Morrow (Denise), and Thomas Morrow; her grandchildren Adam Bird, Mariel Bird, Shea Morrow, Courtney Morrow, Scott Wilson and Stefanie Wilson Clark; a granddaughter, Marlo Clark; and many, many nieces and nephews. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Tri-City Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, or other organization of your choice. A celebration of Jane's life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the family home in Pasco, Washington. The family invites you to sign their on-line guest book at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Pasco, WA 99301
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2016