OWEN Jane Driver, April 13, 1933 - June 21, 2013. The warmth of Jane's heart was felt by family, friends and strangers for over 80 wonderful years! Born and raised in Kentucky, Jane was a 7th Generation Lexingtonian and proud of it. She was considered by many to be Lexington's unofficial historian. If you wanted to know who lived where just ask Jane. She was the youngest child of Tom and Elizabeth Driver and grew up with Big Sis Betty Bourne and older brother "Sonny," in their home on Nicholasville road, "exactly" she would tell you, where the McDonald's is today. Jane graduated from Lafayette High School in 1951 with a group of classmates, later dubbed the "Lafayette Bunch" with whom she shared lunch and laughs on a regular basis. While attending the University of Kentucky Jane, a Kappa Alpha Theta, met and married Austin Owen, the handsome young farm boy from Hopkinsville who caught her eye with his colorful argyle socks. They were married for 58 years until his death in December 2012. Nothing meant more to Jane than her two daughters, Tara Owen of Chatham MA and Ashlee Owen of Raleigh NC, with whom she shared amazing life long relationships. Visiting the girls always resulted in a call to the airline to extend her trip. She loved being with her daughters and if that meant changing her ticket two or three times, well so be it. Clay (13), Henry (10), Grady (9), and Lucy Jane (8), her four grandkids, enjoyed her generosity, childlike personality and pockets full of candy! Jane had a special place in her heart for her son-in-law Joey and he for her. She considered him to be one of her very own. Jane was on the go busy, busy. For nearly 30 years she volunteered on Wednesday afternoons with the "Helping Hands/Best Friends" group that she helped to create and that meant the world to her. And let's not forget U.K. Basketball game nights, when she shared good times, good food and good wine with her group of dearest girlfriends. She loved hunkering down during a good rainstorm, was always up for a picnic, and gave many fuzzy four leggeds a safe and loving home throughout the years. Jane had a life-long love affair with marshmallow fluff, creamsicles, tootsie pops and cinnamon red hots. She searched far and wide for the best summer tomato, only ate Roma beans, liked a sharp cheddar with a bite, piping hot lobster bisque and homemade dressed eggs. When asked what one thing she would want if stranded on a deserted island, she replied "Cheez-its of course but only if they're Sunshine Brand!" Jane loved to sit on her screened in porch, read the Herald Leader, and smoke her cigarettes which she thoroughly enjoyed until the end "I love 'em!" she said. We find comfort in knowing how much Jane was loved and how many lives she touched. If you are one of those people, please join us at her home on Saturday, June 29th from 4 to 6 PM to share in our memory of the one and only "Jane". In lieu of flowers, it would mean a lot to Jane if you would make a donation in her name to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, 40504.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 27, 2013