Mildred Ruth “Mickey” (nee Morton) Zane, age 87, was born to Eternal Life on November 19, 2014 after two weeks of hospice at her daughter Dori's home in La Quinta, California. Mickey was tiny and full of life. Everyone loved her. She was born October 15, 1927 to Harry and Viola Morton in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After graduating from Kenosha High School she graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI where she met her best friend of 67 years, Joy Bolyanatz.
Mickey taught Jr. High English in Westfield, WI for 3 years, then moved to Manhattan Beach, CA in 1952, where she met John Zane, a former Marine who worked in the aerospace industry. They moved to Buena Park, CA, then rural Chino Hills, where they raised their 2 daughters, Dori Quill (Paul) and Shirlee Zane of Santa Rosa, CA.
Mickey taught English for 33 years and retired at Pomona High School. After 35 years of marriage John passed away and Mickey traveled the world. She was the world's best "Gaga" to Mariah and Dakota Quill and David Herrick who adored her. She was active at Chino United Methodist Church for 40 years and President of Chino's Neighborhood House charity for 8 years. She also volunteered with Girl Scouts, Chino Women's Club, Special Olympics and gardening clubs. In 2000 she found love again and married Arthur Noe, who passed away in May 2014. They traveled and moved to Sun City West, AZ, where they had many new and old friends, and Mickey was active at Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by her brother John Morton of Wisconsin. Thanksgiving with extended family was always at Mom's home in Chino Hills with her famous stuffing. This Thanksgiving the family will gather at Dori's in La Quinta to celebrate her life and thank God that Mickey and her positive, cheerful, kind soul were in their lives.
Published in The Arizona Republic on November 23, 2014