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Martha Jayne Hawley Vaden, March 30, 1932 — July 11, 2021

Martha Jayne Hawley Vaden was born to parents Glenwood Hawley and Alyce Hensley in Los Angeles, California, on March 30, 1932. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 11.

Mardi grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from George Washington High School in 1950.

She migrated to Orange County, California, where she raised her four children, Teri, John, Gary, and Janice.

She worked 25 years for the U.S. Post Office and retired in 1998.

Gram journeyed over the Pacific to live on the island of Oahu, Hawaii to be closer to her daughter Janice and Janice’s husband Tom and their growing family.

When the Harrers moved to Sisters in 2007, Gram also made the move.

Her greatest passion were her grandchildren, and she was always their number one fan! Gram spent hours watching and supporting the Outlaws, especially when her grandkids, Hannah, Justin, and Hawley, competed while at Sisters middle and high schools.

Mardi was a member of Vast Church, and loved attending Sunday service where she could connect with friends in the community. One of her favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”

Mardi was also very active in the Sisters seniors community and loved Tuesday luncheon and bingo at Sisters Community Church. She helped start up Mexican train at SPRD, and hosted weekly card games in her home. She was an avid cribbage player and was always looking for someone who could give her a challenge.

One of her biggest loves was the Los Angeles Dodgers, as she was a die-hard fan for 75 years. The evening of July 10, the Dodgers franchise made history and sent Mardi V home to heaven in grand style with eight home runs, two grand slams, and 22 runs.

Her four surviving children are daughters, Teri Pemberton and Janice Harrer, and sons Gary and John Vance; and her four grandchildren, Shannon Johnson Cotter, and Hannah, Justin, and Hawley Harrer.

A fondest aloha to Gram/Mardi V!

A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, July 31, at 11:30 a.m. at Sisters Community Church Fireside Room.


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