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“Physician, adventurer, classmate, friend. She is missed. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Lou Anne Cummings - Yuba City, CA

“Dr. Mayfield always gave more of her time and attention than any doctor I've worked with. She helped me through the loss of my mother and my husband,...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Nina McConnell - Friend

“ will not be forgotten! ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Peter Haynal - Spring Valley, OH

“My deepest sympathies to Jennifer's family on their loss of this wonderful woman whom I had the privilege of knowing for almost 40 years. I feel...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Linda Castell - Bow, WA - Friend

“I will start with more recent memories and work my way back. In the last few years, Jennifer played the part of the great older sister. She came...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie King - Parker, CO - Sister

Jennifer with some of her Master Composter classmates. “I loved being able to connect with Jennifer while we both lived in Spokane theoughout 2018-2019. We are second or third cousins, but I knew virtually...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mason Neil - Moscow, ID - Family

“Jennifer,you were my first friend as well as my cousin. As I read about your many achievements and contributions I think: indefatigable! Thank you...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Leah Younker - San Diego, CA

Jennifer Alice Mayfield- Born September 1, 1951- Died June 7, 2020.
Jennifer Alice Mayfield spent decades in the service of others as a highly educated and caring physician. She passed away in Spokane, WA. Sunday night, June 7, 2020. She had battled pancreatic cancer for over a year with courage and grace. Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents Doris Iola Kanen, Donald Allen Mayfield, stepfather, Warren Taylor Kanen, younger half-sister Jeanette Marjorie Mayfield Garcia and stepbrother, David Frederick Kanen. Jennifer is survived by sisters Deborah Sue Mayfield King, Janice Marie Mayfield, Druscilla June Mayfield Covington, half-sister Donna Jean Mayfield, Jena Christine Mayfield Miller and three step siblings, Ardys Denise Kanen Abston, Don Warren Kanen, Marlene Joyce Kanen Savage.

During a career in medicine that spanned more than four decades, Jennifer was a researcher, medical school professor, and practicing physician. She held positions in schools of medicine at the University of Arizona, Georgetown, Indiana University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Washington. She served for six years with the U.S. Public Health Service, with postings to Uzbekistan, to Indian reservations, and to the research office. Her specialties were family and preventive medicine.

Beloved by her patients, Jennifer combined an unwavering commitment to intelligent, evidence-based health care with the soul of a healer. She glimpsed early on the possibilities in the application of computer technology to research and patient treatment and employed it to make major contributions to improving the long-term treatment and preventive care of diabetic patients. Jennifer published nearly three dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on diabetes treatment; was a leader in the creation and dissemination of new standards for care of diabetic foot and circulatory system issues; and, as Epidemiologist for the Diabetes Program of the Indian Health Service trained staff to use software to more effectively track patient progress.
Throughout her career Jennifer generously gave service and leadership to her profession. She reviewed submissions for multiple medical journals and held positions in medical professional associations, including serving as chair of the Health Care Commission of the Washington Academy of Family Practice.
For nearly a decade before her retirement in 2019, Jennifer worked in private practice in Spokane.

Jennifer was an avid outdoorswoman, loving whitewater kayaking, mountaineering, camping, hiking, cross-country and alpine skiing. Although she was born and raised in California her professional career took her all over the county, but her heart was in the northwest and she settled in Washington State for the final years of her career. She resided in Spokane For the past 13 years loving the easy access to mountains, rivers, and ski trails.

Jennifer was an organic gardener and master composter and was dedicated to reducing her carbon footprint on the planet. She never wasted resources and was frugal with herself, while being generous with others.
Jennifer was passionate about so many things. She had a beautiful voice, and took great pleasure in singing with a local women's choir. She was involved in local politics participating in activism and organizing activities alike. She was a weaver, knitter, seamstress, bird enthusiast, and self-educated geologist. She always knew about how the terrain of her current surrounding was created over time. She confessed that if she had her education to do over, she would have been a geologist.

Jennifer was loyal to family and friends. If you needed her, she was there for you whether in person or with thoughtful advice. She loved life and never took a single day for granted. She packed her life with adventure and accomplishments and countless relationships with friends and family who will forever miss her bright and shining, guiding light.