Gloria Jane Hiebert

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Gloria Jane Hiebert "Jane" died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the age of 90. Her only surviving immediate family is her partner of 18 years, Leonard Dozier (Len).
Jane was born in Madison, South Dakota. She worked in the bakery owned by her father and his brothers until graduation with honors from high school. After graduation from South Dakota University in Sioux Falls with a BS in Nursing she found a good nursing job at the main hospital in Redlands, CA. There she met King Hiebert, a decorated survivor of the war against Japan, at a USO event. They soon married and settled in Santa Barbara, CA where their son John was born.
Their final move brought them to Vancouver, WA where King's family lived. They both enjoyed travel and covered a major part of the whole world. Jane had become a first rate watercolor artist and was very active in the Vancouver Watercolor Society. King had developed Parkinson's disease, so Jane served as leader of the local Parkinson's support group to help King.
Both Jane and King joined the Michael Servetus Unitarian Fellowship (later renamed Unitarian-Universalist Church) and became very active in it. King served as president for one term. They both enjoyed bridge. They met Len and June Dozier in the Unitarian bridge group. King later died from lung injuries due to his forced labor in a coal mine as a prisoner of war in Japan.
Len's wife June died a year before King died. When Len visited King in the hospital it rekindled the friendship of Jane and Len. Their friendship blossomed into love and eventually they decided to live together as partners.
Jane developed the first signs of Alzheimer's disease several years ago. Len served as her caregiver in his home as long as he could. During that time Jane's only child, John Hiebert, died due to lung cancer. The care of Jane grew to require more help than Len could provide alone. So they decided that BOTH of them would move into an Alzheimer's care facility with Len continuing to serve as Jane's primary caregiver but with much more support than was available in their own home. They survived for more than six months in that mode but eventually Jane died because of the Alzheimer's disease.
Jane's memorial service will be held on April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at 4505 East 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2015
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