Jeanne H. Oakes

April 14, 1929May 20, 2018
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Jeanne H. Pompe Oakes. . . Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunty and friend, was 89 when she passed away suddenly Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Bellevue, WA. Born in Nyssa, Oregon, Jeanne spent her childhood following the work of her immigrant father, Frank Pompe, who was a gold miner in the 1930s. She helped her mother, Frances, care for the miners’ boarding house while attending grade school in Pioneerville, Idaho, and she graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in Boise, Idaho in 1947. Five years later, Jeanne ventured to Seattle on her own to attend Seattle University where she met the love of her life, Walter Oakes. Walt and Jeanne married in 1954 and went on to raise four children. Jeanne helped raise an additional 40 plus children including three foster children and dozens of day care children, all of whom she treated each day as if they were her very own. Jeanne is survived by her husband of 63 1/2 years, Walter, and her children: Gordon, Greg, Gary, and Pam, along with their spouses: Debbie, Gina, Doreen, and Raul; by her eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Kristin, Bethany, Jonathan, Julie, Emily, Daviana and Kanoa; and by her nine great-grandchildren: Eileen, Ashlynn, Keegan, Zanna, Ari, Avery, Kaeden, and Braelyn. Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Ann White, Frank Pompe, Herman Pompe, her twin sister, Jo Miller, as well as her great-granddaughter, Taryn. Jeanne’s life will be celebrated on Friday June 8, 2018, at 11 am at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue. A reception will follow. A viewing and rosary will precede the funeral mass between 10:15 and 10:45. Jeanne will be laid to rest on Friday June 15th at 2:30 at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity for children and/or animals.


  • Visitation & Rosary Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Reception Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, June 15, 2018

Jeanne H. Oakes

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Angie Oakes

June 2, 2018

Dear Beloved Family & Friends;
Aunt Jeanne is the proof that there is a never ending supply of love to give. She accepted me for who I am when I came into the family, that is a gift. My children were blessed to visit the cabin, swim in the lake & ride in the boat. Her chuckles & laugh are remembered with fondness. She also gifted both of my children with wonderful crochet blankets that are treasured. I my short time with Jeanne, I knew love, laughter & fun.
God bless.
Love, Angie Oakes

Debra Oakes

May 31, 2018

My Dear Aunt Jeanne has won the best lottery with a trip to Heaven. You have dedicated your life to family, faith, children, animals, and your loyalty to Uncle Walt. We will always treasure our memories together. From you, we learned to value the traditions of earlier generations and the accomplishments of later family members.

I have fond experiences of my mom and yourself trekking our families to school through the snow on sleds, pretending that I was not present as our family went to ballet lessons together, going on marathon trips to Kmart, eating out at the Jolly Trolls and Herfy's, baking for Christmas, and all our visits when we lived a street over from you.

It broke my heart when our family moved to Hawaii at such a young age from some of the closest people in our lives. However, we always had the summers to visit the cabin, the boat, and the house. Those times were full of humor and unending Yahtzee games. While playing Phase 10, we could skip various family members😊 We shared your wedding renewal in Hawaii. We took on new adventures when we flew together to Vegas and went to the Grand Canyon. One Easter, we celebrated together by going to a Mariner’s game and hopefully encouraged a win. We also shared our latest Beanie Baby acquisitions. You crocheted beautiful blankets for each person in our family. No matter what happened, you supported us unconditionally in every facet of our life!

Another angel has gotten her wings😊 We can learn by the way you lived your life and try to follow in your footsteps.

Love You to the Infinity Power and Beyond,
Lakewood and Puyallup Oakes' Branch
Deb, Darlene, Gary’s family, and Suzie’s family

Wendy Pottgen

May 31, 2018

Aunty Jeanne - I cannot imagine this world without you in it - but you are still here because of all of the people you have impacted. My parents hired you to be our babysitter/daycare provider, but you became our second mother, and a great friend to my parents. I have so many fond memories - trips to Carnation Farms to get milk, visiting you at your lake house, Uncle Walt and Gary trying to teach me how to water ski (I think I drank half the lake).

Thank you for sharing your gifts and love with all of us. We are who we are because of that.

Love and peace to the Oakes and Borromeo families. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life.

Wendy (Arralde) Pottgen