Jane Melin Wilday
SPRINGFIELD - Jane Melin Wilday, 90, of Springfield, passed away Monday June 10, 2013, at Concordia Village.
Jane was born in Springfield on November 12, 1922. She attended public schools in Springfield. After graduating from Springfield High School, she attended Mills College in Oakland, California, for two years and in 1943, graduated from the University of Illinois where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and met her future husband, James "Jim" Wilday of Peoria, who was a student there as well. On May 13, 1944, Jim and Jane were married at the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, California, where Jim was serving in the U.S. Army. In 1947 the couple returned to live in Jane's hometown of Springfield, where they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Jane is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Jeff (Martha) Wilday of Springfield and Jay (Sandra) Wilday of Littleton, Colorado; and five grandsons, John Wilday of Denver, Colorado, Matt Wilday of Chicago, Scott Wilday, Brett Wilday and Kevin Wilday, all of Littleton, Colorado. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank L. Melin and Mary S. Melin, and her brother, John S. Melin.
Jane was a charter member of the Springfield Junior League as well as an active member of P.E.O. and King' Daughters and participated in a wide variety of community activities throughout her life. She was also a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Sangamo Club. Jane was an avid and skilled bridge player, a constant reader, and a sports fan of the first rank, with University of Illinois basketball and professional tennis being areas of special expertise.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel. A private service will be held Thursday June 13, 2013, followed by burial at Fancy Creek Cemetery.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Memorial Medical center foundation, 701 N. 1st St., Springfield, IL 62781 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62704.
Please visit www.boardman-smith.net to offer condolences.
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