2012-09-14 / Obituaries

Emily Jane Etherton

Emily Jane Etherton died peacefully, Aug. 29, 2012, a few days after her 99th birthday. She was surrounded by the love of her family and the Huntington Common staff.

Emily Jane was the daughter of Leah and Leopold Wakefield of Tulsa, Okla. In 1934, she married Murray Dean Etherton. The couple moved to the Wyoming prairie. In 1941, they moved to St. Louis, Mo., where Murray was a scientist at McDonnell Aircraft (now Boeing). Murray designed the parachute brake used when landing jet fighters on aircraft carriers.

Emily Jane served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Episcopal Church of Missouri. In 1964, she chaired the Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Women held in St. Louis. She was elected to the Episcopal Church National Council.

In 1965, the couple moved to Tulsa, Okla. She served as president of the Ruskin Art Club and Gilcrease Museum of Art docent. In 2008, she relocated to Huntington Common in Kennebunk.

Emily Jane is survived by her two daughters, Sally Etherton Cummins (New York, N.Y., and Lakeville, Conn.) and Ann Etherton Legg (Kennebunk). She is also survived by her sons-in-law Robert Cummins and Edward Legg. She has five grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren.

Emily Jane was predeceased by her sister Ruth Finley Hillsman. She is survived by her sister Jacquelyn Smith (Houston, Texas) and by nephews, Charles Smith (Centennial, Colo.) and William Finley (Asheville, N.C.).

Emily Jane will be buried next to her husband at a private family ceremony at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marine Science Center c/o Bill Chance, University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103 or to Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.

Arrangements are by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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