|Birth: ||May 2, 1969|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 2001|
This obituary was posted on September 11, 2001:
"Jennifer Jean Hogue, 32, of Tacoma, Wash., died of cancer at the home of her parents, Jim and Biff Hogue, in Salem, Oreg., on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001.
"She was a 1987 graduate of McNary High School , Keizer, Oreg., where she was active in track and field and basketball. She was a member for 12 years and former member of the board of directors with the Willamette Council of Campfire Girls and delegate to a national meeting in Philadelphia. She volunteered in summer work projects on the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior and the redwoods of California. She camped and later served as a counselor at Camp Kilowan. She was a 1992 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Physical Education and played basketball and ran track and field. After graduation, she worked in aquatics at a Boys' and Girls' Club in Tacoma, then became Director of Aquatics at Lakewood YMCA and in 1997 at Briggs Community YMCA in Olympia, Wash., where she was later named Senior Program Director until the end of her career.
"In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Lynne Erickson, Broadview, Mont.; Dee Anne Hogue, Billings, Mont.; Heidi Keller, Salem, Oreg., and Wendee Young, San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, Craig Hogue, Salem, Oreg., professional associates and an extraordinary large number of close friends.
"A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at 1 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Salem, Oreg. Private interment will follow at City View Cemetery. A memorial service will be conducted at University Place Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Wash., at a later date. The VIRGIL T. GOLDEN FUNERAL SERVICE of Salem, Oreg., is in charge of arrangements. The J.T. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, Beaver, is in charge of local arrangements."
I got to know Jen at Camp Kilowan, the summer camp we both knew and loved with all our hearts. When I first met her, we were both 'buddies' at what was called Handicamp--- a day camp being held for disabled kids. Jen was the buddy of a boy named Jason, whose exact disabilities I never did know except that he used American Sign Language to communicate. Over the years, Jen was the only buddy I knew who was always assigned to the same kid. I heard later that she worked with him through the entire year as well, an understanding which made me truly admire and respect her.
Later on, Jen attended Kilowan's longer sessions, Totem, two-month sessions where she and her campmates gradually learned and assisted with the camp's routine. As was the tradition for Totems, she took the name "Boo-Boo" as her camp name.
After two years of Totems, Jen moved on to take two years of CIT's (counselors-in-training) at Kilowan, and I understood that she was a certified lifeguard, and that she assisted in that capacity.
I lost track of her after that, because I left the area. However, I have never forgotten Kilowan, and because of that I could never forget Jen, who was one of my favorite people at Kilowan. I tried to look her up online one day some years back, and stumbled upon her obituary.
Jen, you were an amazing person. I didn't get to know you closely, because I attended South Salem High, and other than Handicamp, I could never attend the same camp sessions you did. But I was always very glad to see you at Kilowan (when I was a counselor, I was "Zorro"). I will never forget you, just as anyone else who knew you will never forget you. To me, you and Kilowan are synonymous, and your memory will live on until Kilowan's hills are worn away just like the mountain in the song, Land of Oden.
City View Cemetery
Created by: Jo Frey
Record added: Nov 04, 2008
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