Jennie Elizabeth Storey
July 21, 1939 – October 13, 2014
In the early evening hours of October 13, 2014, a band of heaven’s angels came for Jennie (Jane). She had declined previous invitations with a great courage and insistence to remain with her family.
Jane Storey, 75, was a long time resident of Delta Junction. She was born July 21, 1939 in Indiana, PA. Her parents were Harry and Mary Matthews and she had four siblings.
Jane’s early years were in Avonmore, PA. She was always a popular girl with many friends. It was a typical small town scene with ball games, swimming in the water holes, and winter sledding. Her unique personality was always apparent, and whatever the setting, she provided guidance to her peer groups and family far beyond her years. This personality trait was evident throughout her life.
Jane met her husband, Jim Storey, during their high school years. They had a loving relationship that was to last their lifetime. They were married when Jim was a young soldier, and much of their accomplishments were due to Jane’s capabilities and adaptability as a military wife in foreign countries.
Jane and Jim were blessed with two daughters and two granddaughters.
The family’s last military assignment was Alaska. Jane had a great appreciation for the vast wonders of Alaska. She skied on the slopes at Black Rapids and hiked, fished, and camped along many trails and lakes. However, she had no talent for firearms. She was known to say, “My shooting is pretty good, but my aim is bad.” Berry picking, pies, and jam making were her strong suit. She won blue ribbons for her blueberry pies at the fair. She was a member of the Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church and of Igloo #35/19 of the Pioneers of Alaska.
Jane beamed with happiness about her two granddaughters, whom she adored. For Jane, the girl’s visits and stays-over were pure joy. There were special preparations for the visits. The main attraction was always the apple strudel, set to come out of the oven just after their arrival.
Jane was surrounded by family as she slipped away and the angels took her. She is survived by her husband, James (Jim) Storey of Delta Junction; her daughters Mary (Joe) Sheehan of Fairbanks, and Sheila (Chris) Johansen of Fairbanks; her granddaughters Talia Johansen currently at the University of Utah, and Makenna Johansen currently at Western Washington University; her sister Alda Foeks of Brockway, PA; and her brother James Sinclair of North East, PA. Jane also always considered her brother-in-law, Conrad Storey and sister-in-law Edwinna Confer to be her charges. She was preceded in death by her sister Elsie Matthews Bennardo and her brother Sam Matthews.
Services will be held on November 1, at the Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Fellowship will follow at the Delta Community Center. Condolences may be mailed to the Storey family at PO Box 1082, Delta Junction, AK 99737.