Olive Jane (Dickey) Doolin
May 26, 1916 ~ September 27, 2012
October 1, 2012
Jane (Dickey) Doolin, 96, was born May 26, 1916,
in Beloit, Wisconsin. She went to be with her
Lord Jesus September 27, 2012, at Boundary
County Nursing Home, in Bonners Ferry.
There will be a celebration of her life at
Mountain Springs Church, Bonners Ferry, at 4
p.m. Saturday, October 13. All friends are
Jane moved with her family, at two years of age,
from Wisconsin to Puyallup, Washington, where
they had a poultry farm. Her father, Phillip,
earned many national and international awards in
Jane and her brother spent many hours playing in
the Clark's Creek, picking berries, and doing
the usual ranch chores. They enjoyed an idyllic
childhood going to the Puget Sound beaches,
Mount Rainer, camping, and learning from their
school teacher mother, Agnes.
After high school graduation, Jane studied at
Washington State University and graduated with a
double major in sociology and English with a
minor in music. After graduation, she worked as
a social worker in Tacoma, Washington, for three
July 1942, Jane married Francis George Doolin in
Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was stationed in
the Army. After being discharged, they moved to
Puyallup, Washington. While there, Annie, Pat,
and Mary were born. They then moved to
Anchorage, Alaska, where Frank was in federal
law enforcement and son Mike was born. Jane
worked for the Alaska State Employment Service.
It was an adventurous time in the Alaska
After Frank's early disability retirement, they
moved to Eugene, Oregon. Then they lived on the
beach in Lincoln City, Oregon, a lifelong dream
of Jane's, where they operated an auto wrecking
Years later they moved to Bothell, Washington,
to be closer to family. In 1999, tragically,
daughter Mary died of breast cancer at age 49.
Frank and Jane then moved to Colville,
Washington, where they enjoyed small town living
and granddaughters' 4-H projects, including dog
and horse shows. Jane also pursued her love of
playing piano and knitting.
Frank passed away in November, 2002, in
Colville. In 2004, Jane moved to Bonners Ferry
with her son Pat and daughter-in-law, Reenie,
when Pat retired. She lived at the Restorium for
seven years, where she wanted to be involved in
every activity. She deeply loved the staff there
who took extraordinary care of her and she met
many wonderful friends.
Jane was a serious gardener, loved to knit,
read, and do crossword puzzles. Her favorite
activity was playing the piano, which she did
very well. She had a wonderful sense of humor
and thoughtfulness of others.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes
Dickey, her father, Phillip S. Dickey, daughter
Mary, and brother Phillip S. Dickey IV.
Jane is survived by her children: daughter Annie
and husband Dana Smith of Palm Desert,
California, son Pat and wife Reenie of Naples,
Idaho, son Mike and wife Nancy of Portland,
Oregon, nine grandchildren, and ten great
The family is very grateful for the wonderful
staff at the Restorium and Boundary County
Nursing home for their love of mom and for
providing the best care and family atmosphere
for her. God Bless you all!