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Janice Mary Bramble Haley

December 4, 1926 - November 26, 2016

Janice Haley was born on Dec. 4, 1926 in Long Beach, California, the youngest child of Dorothy and James Bramble. She spent her youth on her father's orange ranch in Duarte, camping and hiking with her family, learning the cello, swimming in the ocean, and riding her palomino, Rita. She entered Pasadena Junior College at the age of 16, and graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Sociology, playing the cello in orchestras all the way through school. She worked as a social worker with the YMCA until she met and married the Rev. Kent Haley in 1949. As he served churches in Portland, Eugene, and Salem, she entered enthusiastically into parish life, singing in the choirs, teaching Sunday School, making crafts for the church bazaaars, cooking at church camp, and serving with the Altar Guild. She fulfilled the demands and expectations of a clergy spouse, often spending evenings alone, and entertaining graciously on short notice. She and Fr. Haley had five children. She embraced motherhood as a vocation, and whether she was cooking healthy meals, enforcing piano practice and homework sessions, leading a Bluebird troop, sewing a prom dress, or camping with a station-wagon load of children and their friends, she did it all with infinite patience and quiet humor. She found fleeting moments to read and garden and occasionally get out her cello. As her children grew older, she rejoined the work force, and spent fifteen years with the Division of State Lands, eventually becoming administrative assistant to the head of the division, and serving as secretary to the Land Board. She enjoyed hugely working with the Governor and Secretary of State, and remembered this time as absorbing and fulfilling. In retirement she enjoyed gardening, exploring her family heritage in England, reading, and solving crossword puzzles, and briefly joining a string quartet who played for their own pleasure. She saw her children and grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren often. As a final expression of independence, she and Fr. Haley moved to Culver in Central Oregon for seven years, enjoying the mountains and lakes and making a whole town full of new friends, before moving back to Salem as they aged. Her husband preceded her in death in March, 2016, and she followed on Nov. 26, eight days short of her 90th birthday. She is survived by her children, Mary McFetridge, Ellen Walton, Richard Haley, David Haley, and Veronica Hinkes, their spouses, and eight grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church (3295 Ladd Ave NE) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1:00 PM.
Funeral arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at the following link:

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