Jeanne Town, 90, a well-known Entiat businesswoman, died Monday morning, July 22, 2013, in Wenatchee. She was born on September 7, 1922, at Wenatchee to James and Mary (Griffith) Huston. She grew up and received her education in Wenatchee. Following high school, she was employed as a secretary. On May 30, 1941, she married Vernon A. Town at Cashmere and they moved to Wenatchee and, in 1946, they moved to Entiat, where they resided and raised their family. From 1950 until 1959, they owned and operated the Entiat Feed Store. With the construction of Rocky Reach Dam flooding out the old town of Entiat, the town relocated and they opened Vern’s Grocery, which they operated until 1970. In 1968, they purchased a fruit orchard in Malaga, which they operated until 1991. She and her husband owned and operated Vern’s Trailer Court from 1959 until 2004. She was a member of the Entiat Warehouse Community Church. As a young girl, she accepted Jesus into her heart while attending the Salvation Army Church.
Jeanne is survived by her two daughters, Florence (Glenn) Hoffman of Leavenworth, and Lynda Mertes of Entiat; one son, Vernon H. (Linda) Town of Entiat; five grandchildren, Jeff (Audrie) Hoffman of Wenatchee, Joel Hoffman of East Wenatchee, Robert Allen of Cashmere, Mindy (Mike) Riley of Wenatchee and Michael Town of Entiat; seven great-grandchildren, Brionna Hoffman, Blake Hoffman and Tanner Riley, all of Wenatchee, and Benjamin Allen, Caleb Allen, Cecilia Allen, and Daniel Allen, all of Cashmere; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; four brothers, Russell Huston, Bill Huston, Charles Huston, and Archie Huston; and one sister, Dorothy Ward.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Entiat Warehouse Community Church, 14916 Hwy. 97A, Entiat, WA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 594, Wenatchee, WA. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of arrangements.