Rena Cave died Dec. 29, 2015.
She was born Nov. 4, 1912, to the late Calvin and Laura Yorke, the sixth of eight children. She grew up on a farm near Clearwater, Neb. After graduating from Clearwater High School, she attended Wayne State Teacher’s College and became a teacher in a one-room school. She married John Blackmore, they moved to Lance Creek, Wyo., and she gave birth to two daughters. After her husband’s work-related accident, they moved to Seattle to look for employment. There, she worked at Weeds Drug Store and later Sears Roebuck. Following a divorce, she worked for Boeing and took part in the testing of Boeing’s first 707 jet. She met and married Fred Cave, retired from Boeing and went to work for Park Davis. Once fully retired, she became active in AARP, serving as president for four different chapters and eventually becoming state director.
She is survived by daughters Bethyl and Shirley, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Allen (Madge) and Roy (June); sisters Amy Sipe (Charlie), Verna Anderson (Cecil), Edith Hixson (Randall), Frances Forslund (Howard) and Mabel Jacobsen (Eldon).
Services took place Jan. 7 at Hillside Church.