Jeanne W. “Jan” Henderson, 88, a former resident of The Dalles, Ore., died March 20, 2013, in Silver Spring, Md.
She was born in Medford, Ore., to Roland and Amy (Kent) Smith. She grew up in Medford, graduating from Medford High School in 1942. She attended the Oregon School of Nursing in Portland.
Her first nursing job was at Children’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she fell in love with the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle. After returning to the mainland, she married Clifford Henderson of The Dalles. They lived in The Dalles for the next 27 years, raising their two children, Amy and Marshall. Jan worked at both the local hospital and clinic before taking the job of school nurse for School District 12.
Her job allowed her to meet hundreds of teachers and thousands of students during her 15 years as school nurse. Many kids knew her simply as the “shot lady,“ because of her presence during school immunizations. Jan found that nickname amusing, since she always had a doctor administering the shots and never actually gave them herself.
In 1977, she and her husband retired and moved to the island of Molokai in Hawaii. For the next 30 years they enjoyed traveling the world and then returning to the leisurely pace of “Molokai time.“ She was a life-long bridge player and also took up golf after she retired. She lived the last few years of her life in Maryland to be closer to her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son Marshall, daughter-in-law Victoria and grandchildren Clifford and Madeleine, all of Silver Spring, Md.; her nephew Kevin Sheirbon, Woodburn, Ore.; and niece Sally Eggert, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Her parents, her husband Clifford and her daughter Amy, preceded her in death.
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