Jeanne L. Coward
December 22, 2009
Jeanne L. Coward, of Bend, Ore., died Nov 23, 2009, in Bend. She was 69.
A service was Dec 5, followed by an open house for friends and family in Bend on Dec 19.
Jeanne was born May 1, 1940, in Newark, N.J., to the late Alice and Robert Mercier. She grew up in Northern New Jersey, with a summer home in Pennsylvania.
In 1963, she was married and drove cross-country to Seattle, settling in Issaquah. She lived in Issaquah and Bellevue for 36 years, and then moved to Bend, where she lived for 10 years.
In Bend, she worked for the Paul J. Speck law office for 10 years before recently retiring.
She was on the board of the Redmond Community Concert Association, was a founding member of the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and was very active in the spinning and fiber arts community in Oregon, as well as being an avid gardener.
She married Robert Coward in 1963 and they moved to Issaquah, where they raised their daughters. They later divorced.
She is survived by her daughters Melanie Bohren, of Longmont, Colo., Julie McGaughey, of Junction City, Ore., and Susie Lambert, of Bellevue, Idaho; seven grandchildren; her siblings Marion Maas, of Barryville, N.Y., Edythe Inhoffer, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Robert Mercier, of Pocatello, Idaho.
Contributions in memory of Jeanne may be made to the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, www.deschutestu.org/donate.html, or to the Deschutes County 4-H program, www.deschutes4h.com/page/1o7pm/Support_4-H.html.