Lera “Jane” Causey passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 7, 2019, due to multiple medical issues.
She is survived by two sons, Gregg and Brian; her sister, Ellen Knowles; a niece, Susanne; a nephew, Larry, and three grandchildren.
Lera was born on May 8, 1927, in Armstrong, IA. She grew up on a small farm in southwestern Minnesota, through the depression of the 1930s before moving to Old Kernville in 1939 with her sister and father, Dave Christopher. From there, she commuted by bus down the old canyon road to what is now Bakersfield High School weekly for 4 years. She was thus a member of the “Golden Girls,” with whom she met regularly for many years.
In 1947, she married William Causey of Bakersfield and resided there until moving to Wasco in 1965 with Bill and her two sons.
In 1983, she and Bill returned to the Kern River Valley after Jane’s retirement from her lifelong career in accounting. There she resided in Bodfish for the rest of her life.
Jane was very active in the Kern River Valley community. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was active therein until limited by physical debility. She was a beloved and involved member of the Highland Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Isabella, where she served on various boards, was often liturgist during worship, and sang in the choir. She also held a general class amateur radio, or “ham,” license and was often involved daily in a local on-the-air network with the Sierra Amateur Radio Group.
Also, when Bill became active in the Kern River Valley Art Association, Jane joined him and became an accomplished watercolor artist. Her work has been on display around the valley.
She also enjoyed the outdoors, going hunting, fishing and RVing with her family. She and Bill often spent time during the winter months in Arizona with her sister and other friends. Notably, at age 81, she traveled north and caught a 20-pound King salmon, large halibut and a 3 ½-foot long Ling cod in the open ocean off Sitka, AK.
Jane was surely an awesome lady who did many things with and for many people, and she will be sorely missed by both friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at Highland Chapel, United Methodist Church in Lake Isabella at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27. This is to be followed by a light luncheon assisted by the local Order of the Eastern Star. No graveside services will be held, as she wished to be cremated. Please consider a donation to the ministry of Highland Chapel in lieu of flowers, as this is what Jane would have wanted.