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Official Obituary of

Jane Marie Foley

1964 ~ 2024 (age 59) 59 Years Old

Jane Marie Foley Tribute

Jane Marie Foley, the loving mother of three, passed away in her sleep Saturday. March 2, 2024, at the age of 59.

Jane is survived by her parents; her children, Seth Foley, Sean Foley, and Janie Robertson; her siblings Milton Cardwell, Stephen Cardwell, William Rounsavell, Carrie Lovell, Joseph Rounsavell, Elizabeth Walker, and Jonathan Rounsavell, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jane was born in Seattle, Washington, on October 18, 1964, to Stella Unger and Milton Cardwell Sr. They were living in Soldotna, Alaska, but flew to Seattle for the birth. They ended up staying in Seattle until six months after their second child, Milton, was born. Then, the family moved back to Soldotna for about a year. After that, they moved to the Willamette Valley, where Jane grew up.

Jane was introduced to horses when she was about eight years old when she got her first pony, Snowball. Snowball and, later, her horse Daisy changed her life. From there on out, she was a cowgirl.

Jane spent her 9th grade year in Kotzebue, Alaska. She lived with her grandparents, Jane, and Bud Scull, and her ‘young’ Uncle Mike. Mike and Jane were similar in age and were constant companions. Once she returned to the Valley, she lived in Lebanon and attended and graduated from Lebanon Union High School. During this time, she met and fell in love with her horse, Daisy. Most teenagers rode bikes or drove cars, not Jane. She rode her horse everywhere she wanted to go. If you could not find Jane, it is because you had not looked in the barn or the field. Where Daisy was, Jane was.

Jane also loved playing guitar and singing. She, her brothers Milt and Steve, and her Uncle Mike would spend hours and hours playing and singing. In later years it was karaoke with her sisters Carrie and Liz. 

She met her husband when he was home on leave from the Navy. Her family and his family were friends. The mothers got together and asked Jane to take him out and show him the town. They ended up going out every single day of his 30-day leave. It was a whirlwind romance. She joined him in San Diego, and shortly after that, they were married. Seth, her firstborn, was born in February 1984. Sean, her second child, was born in January 1989. As a Navy family, they moved often. Jane lived in California, Washington, Wyoming, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, where she met and had many wonderful military friends.

When this marriage ended, she returned to the Willamette Valley without Seth and Sean. She forged a new life despite the pain of not having her children with her.

Eventually, she met the father of her third child, Janie. Janie gave Jane a new purpose, and she built a new life for this new child.

Jane had spent her adult life raising children and working part-time jobs in the service industry. She worked in fast food, food service, and hospitality, which was hard work for little pay. She had the opportunity to apply at a local titanium foundry and was so excited and proud when she was offered this job. For the first time, she would have not just a job but a career. It was a career she could be proud of, and it allowed her to purchase a home and a vehicle and live a comfortable life as a single woman and mother.

She was meticulous with her finances and proud of the fact that she had never bounced a check in her entire life.

Jane’s life was full of great sorrow and great happiness. She never healed from the loss of her boys, and this shaped many of her decisions, but she had great joy in raising her daughter. The great love of her life was her children.

Her life was cut short. She left far too early and before any of us were ready. She will be greatly missed.

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Celebration of Life
March 12, 2024

12:30 PM
Santiam Place
139 S Main
Lebanon, OR 97355


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