Jeanette Swanson Eddy
October 31, 1919 ~ September 3, 2013
Jeanette Swanson Eddy, 93, a longtime resident of Cashmere, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Mrs. Eddy was an active community member, living most of her life with her husband in the Cashmere house they built in 1946.
Born October 31, 1919, in Ephrata, WA, Mrs. Eddy was raised by Swedish immigrant parents, assisting when she could with the family dairy. Both her parents were proud to be American citizens, and Mrs. Eddy was raised to only speak English. Mrs. Eddy graduated as Valedictorian from her high school class. She graduated from business school in Wenatchee, and worked for Washington Water Power as a secretary.
One Sunday in 1941, a young gentleman came to dinner. She saw that same man at church the following Sunday. Several more Sundays and soon, Jeanette and Robert were courting. After proposing in August 1941, Mr. Eddy trained as a machinist to assist the war effort, shipping out to Honolulu almost immediately after Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Jeanette applied to work at the Navy Yard, and she arrived on a ship with many other “war brides” November 27, 1941. Mr. Eddy once wrote, “I always felt she was very brave to come to a war zone to marry a fellow she hadn’t seen in almost a year.” They were married November 29, 1942. Mr. Eddy bought his bride a bouquet of 50 orchids for the occasion.
They settled in Cashmere after the war, owning and operating Eddy’s Jewelry, a business they ran for 31 years.
Mrs. Eddy loved entertaining and hosted many relatives, missionaries and international acquaintances they met over the years. She was an adept correspondent and those who knew her enjoyed receiving beautifully written letters. Mrs. Eddy kept a fine garden, one that she often used to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for another one of her talents, cooking and providing for her family.
As a lifelong member of the Baptist church, Mrs. Eddy was active in women’s groups and taught preschool children in Sunday School.
Once retired, the Eddys took their volunteering global. They spent months at a time on Baptist missions: India, Haiti, Nicaragua, Kodiak and the Crow Reservation.
Mrs. Eddy is survived by her children, Robert Eddy (Donna) and Linda Visser (Gary); her three grandchildren, Erika Mitchell (Kelly), David Visser (Angie) and Heidi Jenkins (Scott); and seven great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, at Cashmere First Baptist Church. Flowers from your garden or donations to the Cashmere First Baptist Church Preschool Ministries are welcome.