In Memoriam

We dedicate this space with gratitude to irreplaceable supporters of our work to create a world where humans and wildlife can coexist. We are currently grieving the death of our dear friend, Jane Hedden, celebrating the incredibly caring person she was and the inspiring life she lived. We extend our deepest sympathy to Jane's family and friends, as they cope with sudden and deep loss.

Jane Elizabeth Hedden (1957-2018)

Photo of Jane Hedden

"To be known and loved by Jane was to be lifted up on tiptoes like a child to glimpse life’s secret wonders, forgotten truths and radiant beauty. Her courageous intensity inspired those who loved her to embrace the dark nights and the hopeful dawns with equal abandon."

Photo of Jane Hedden with cat

OBITUARY

Jane Elizabeth Hedden passed away December 6, 2018 in Randolph New Jersey. She was 61 years old. To be known and loved by Jane was to be lifted on tiptoes to glimpse life's secret wonders, forgotten truths and radiant beauty. Her courageous intensity inspired those who loved her to embrace the dark nights and the hopeful dawns with equal abandon.

Born March 28, 1957 to Willard Hedden and Betty Jane (Ruete) Hedden in Randolph New Jersey, Jane spent her childhood playing in the woods and forests, caring for strays and wild animals and adventuring with her family on camping and sailing trips. She graduated from Randolph High School in 1976 and Boston University in 1980.

One year later, she moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she eventually became a nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Jane saw and understood the people in her care in a way too seldom experienced by any of us. Jane's empathy for her patients drew her to some of the most difficult wards of the hospital, where all pretense drops away in the face of life threatening illness. Her compassion worked miracles of healing and brought peace to countless people suffering through crisis.

Jane also volunteered for various animal welfare organizations in Eugene, sometimes tending sick animals through the night after a shift at the hospital. She poured her heart into her glorious gardens, friendships, and beloved pets, and when it all became too much, she ran long miles and practiced yoga to recharge her spirit. Jane reveled in the celebration of life with those closest to her, and her poetic correspondence is treasured by friends and family. Almost too sensitive for this world, she also possessed surprising toughness, kept afloat by a gently wicked, contagious, and self-deprecating sense of humor.

In addition to the many friends who loved her, Jane is survived by her partner of 18 years, Michael Primeau, her father Willard, her five siblings Robert, Willard Jr, Kenneth, Thomas, and Jennifer, and six nieces and nephews.

In honor of Jane and her passion for all things wild, donations may be made to nonprofits she tirelessly supported, Predator Defense and Luvable Dog Rescue.

A memorial service was held in Randolph New Jersey on December 12, 2018. A celebration of her life is planned for March 31, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon. Please email Chloe Hedden for details.

Obituary published in Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 20, 2019

Special Messages Sent with Gifts Made in Jane's Honor

"We'd like to make a donation to honor our memories of Jane Hedden, whom we absolutely adored. What a sweetheart. Thanks for all you do there and best of the New Year to you all."
- Love, Terry & Richard, Ukiah, CA

"Our sympathy and prayers are with you as you walk the path of grief on the loss of Jane. We pray that Jesus will be a presence in your lives as you mourn."
- Dave & Linda McElroy, South Chatham, MA

"In honor of Jane."
- Deanna Kuhn, Eugene, OR