Anchorage resident Mary Jane Elliott, 85 died peacefully at Alaska Regional on March 8, 2014 from pancreatic cancer, with her family by her side.
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There will be a funeral service on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave. Visitation is at 1 p.m., with the funeral at 2 p.m., and refreshments following.
Jane was born October 23, 1928 in Eau Claire, WI to Louis and Clara Elise Peterson. She grew up on a farm with her identical twin sister, Molly Jean Kings, and siblings Ralph, Don, Leigh, Lois, Wendell, Alta May, Norman and Dave. They have all preceded her in death.
Jane went to high school with her husband, Arthur J. Elliott, and they were married at the farm on July 10, 1948 in a double wedding ceremony with her twin, Jean. Jane went to college to become a teacher; she started teaching at 19 on a provisional license in Altoona, WI and finished her degree after marriage. She taught in Wisconsin and in Austin, MN from 1951 to 1963. Their children, Thomas Elliott and Nancy (Elliott) Shannon were born in Austin. Art completed his teaching degree and the family moved to Anchorage to visit Jean and her family in August 1963 for one year and never left.
Jane taught primarily at Airport Heights Elementary for the rest of her career. Jane completed her master's degree in reading so that she could better realize her belief that every child can be taught to read. She took a medical retirement for a few years and when she felt better, she returned to Airport Heights and taught from age 60 to 65. Jane enjoyed teaching kindergarten and first grade and loved all children.
Jane also loved holding and caring for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. She was thrilled when her own grandchildren came along; their house was filled with kids, books, toys, and snacks, along with great love.
Jane is survived by her husband, Art Elliott; son, Tom and wife Kathy Elliott; and daughter Nancy and husband Don Shannon. Grandchildren are, Lindsey (Henry) Kapu, Caitlin Shannon, Jake Elliott and Ivy Elliott. She saw photos of her newborn great-granddaughter, Nawai Kapu. Jane is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Margaret Bridenstine and Dorothy Elliott; and many dear nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Burial will take place in the spring, alongside her twin, and in the same cemetery as her grandson, Patrick Louis Jones and his father, David A. Jones.
Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014