Jane Ellen Parker, 63, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, passed away on August 28, 2013. Jane was born in Baytown, Texas on January 25, 1950 to James Harvey and Rowena Grady Parker. She was a 1968 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown and a 1971 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a BA in English. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Her career began at NASA in Clear Lake, and then she was an associate editor of M. D. Anderson internal publications in Houston. Jane left Anderson to accept an editorial position with Penrose Hospital System in Colorado Springs. At the time of her death she was a Senior Technical Writer with Comverse, Inc. in Denver.
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Jane was a voracious reader, and she loved to write. She cared deeply about people and loved animals of every kind. She enjoyed watching for the first robin in springtime, and she got pleasure from observing the little animals that made their burrows along the route to her workplace. She especially loved flowers and plants of all kinds. Jane simply loved the glorious natural beauty of nature. She enjoyed traveling but always looked forward to returning to Colorado and the majesty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
To mourn her passing, Jane leaves her mother and father, Rowena and James Parker of Houston; her sister, Judy Parker Kaufman and husband Steve of Corbett, Oregon; a beloved uncle, Martin Grady of Houston; a nephew, Eric Shaver of Boise, Idaho; a niece, Savannah Hughes and husband Josh of Dallesport, Washington; four young great-nephews, Gannon, Braden, Colton, and Landon Hughes, also of Dallesport; and many other relatives and friends. The family would like to acknowledge the loving care and support provided by the staff and volunteers at The Denver Hospice. In addition, the family would like to give special thanks to longtime friends Dr. Harry Locke (now deceased) and Joan Locke. Joan traveled to Colorado from her home in Maryland to assist in Jane's care, along with Jane's sister Judy from Oregon, during the final months of her life.
For those desiring to make a donation, a contribution can be made in Jane's name to the Dumb Friends League of Denver (2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231), The Denver Hospice, the
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2013