Jane Yvonne Dykhuizen Carpenter passed peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the age of 83.
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Jane was born and raised in New Orleans, La., and had lived in Richmond, Va., Hillsville, Va., and Quito, Ecuador.
Jane was a homemaker, a teacher and a missionary. She taught elementary school at Patrick Henry Elementary in Richmond. She also taught ESL to migrant workers in Hillsville.
Jane loved the Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Jim, pastored All Souls Presbyterian Church in Richmond from the early 1960s until 1973, when they became missionaries in Ecuador. In addition to teaching Sunday school, and singing in the choir, she served as an Elder at The Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Indian Valley and Buffalo Mountain churches in Southwest Virginia.
A former biology major, Jane loved all living things and extended her kind spirit to all people, animals and plants without hesitation or reservation.
Jane was pre-deceased by her parents, Fred Dykhuizen and Mary Zachary Dykhuizen; her husband, the Rev. James G. Carpenter; her daughter, Sharon K. Carpenter; and her brothers, Dr. Robert F. Dykhuizen, Sidney E. Dykhuizen and Lloyd E. Ducote.
Jane is survived by her sons, J. Mark Carpenter (Alice) and James Scott Carpenter; daughter, Mary E. Carpenter; grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Carpenter, Virginia Jane Carpenter and Emily Katherine Carpenter; her brother, Fred Dykhuizen (Ronwyn); her sister, Joy Dykhuizen Baguer (Jacque); a host of beloved nieces, nephews and friends near and afar; her very special friend, Margaret Bremner Cobb, whom she loved like a daughter; and finally her precious toy poodle, Cherie.
A memorial service will be held at The Hillsville Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, in Hillsville, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local animal shelter and/or the SPCA.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel is serving the Carpenter family.
Published in Galax Gazette from June 10 to June 11, 2013