Jane Adams was a wonderful and loving woman that devoted her adult life to her family and loved ones.
She always had a heart big enough to offer comforting solace to anyone in need. A heart that reached out and touched so many lives. When family and acquaintances reminisce, they offer praises with comments like:
“She had such a positive influence on my life”;
“She was always thoughtful and kind to me”;
“She enriched my life by just knowing her”;
Or……… “She always took me and all the neighborhood kids to wherever the fun was (no matter how many kids were only supposed to fit in that ‘51 Henry J)”.
All recollections that reflect her relentless and selfless commitment to assuring the happiness and security of those close to her heart . . all while expecting nothing in return.
In true matriarchal fashion, she would often, without solicitation, propose her opinions and advice:
Advice on how things should or should not be done;
Opinions on what you’re doing right or wrong;
Or advice on “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and getting on with it” coupled with how to make the most out of what you’re surely lucky to have.
Sometimes it might’ve been input we particularly didn’t care to hear at the time, but it always rang true with uncanny accuracy and was always delivered with the best of intentions.
As evident by viewing her memorial slide show, she was a woman who seemed to always display enviable poise and grace. Traits commonly accompanied by a certain degree of pretense. But pretension was one of few things her heart had little room or time for.
While enjoying a full and rewarding life, Jane also experienced hardships. Hardships most consider unimaginable. Hardships that exposed her vulnerability. But, somehow, she managed to find a way to, in her words “Keep Moving”. After all, there were still loved ones that needed what strength she had left.
It’s hard to let go of someone so loving and beautiful, but Jane’s life in itself is a tribute to inner strength and an example of how important it is for us to forge ahead when faced with what may seem to be insurmountable circumstances.
We will dearly miss her, forever cherish the life she so lovingly shared and strive to draw on her strength to always “Keep Moving”.
Love you always Maw,