Jane Anderson Mullins, a 35-year resident of Rancho Santa Fe, died on March 16, 2013, peacefully, at her home in the Ranch, after a brief final illness. She was 93 years old.
Jane Mullins was born in New Jersey and raised in Chicago. She attended the University of Chicago, where she met Jack Mullins. They were happily married for more than 70 years, until his death in 2011. Jack and Jane traveled the world together, both for pleasure, and in connection with Jack's work for American Airlines. Over the years, they lived in Chicago, Detroit, Washington, DC, Dallas, Mexico City, Rolling Hills Estates and Greenwich, Connecticut.
Jane was a generous volunteer and contributor to causes she felt were worthy ones. She spent many hours staffing the Library's Book Cellar. She generously donated to most of the liberal causes that sent her unsolicited mail. One of her great pleasures was having Jack bring the mail home from the Post Office. After Jane lost much of her sight, Jack would read each request in full, and she'd tell him how much to send.
Jane was very proud to be a strong supporter and volunteer for Planned Parenthood. She was, as she said, one of the "five Democrats in Rancho Santa Fe" and always hoped they'd all march together in the annual local parade. She owned as how they'd probably have to wear bags over their heads, though, to conceal their identities.
Jane was also a fine athlete. She was a regular on the tennis court for many years, and skied in Park City, Utah, until she was 80. One of her greatest passions was horseback riding, which she began as a child and continued through her years at Pecan Valley, the family ranch in Medina, Texas. During Connecticut's dreary winters, she played a mean game of outdoor paddle tennis.
Jane delighted in her friendships and in the easy companionability of the Ranch. She and Jack played bridge with friends for years. They were also among the founding members, thirty-some years ago, of the Pickwits Society of Rancho Santa Fe.
The family is so grateful to Hospice-by-the-Sea of Solana Beach for their extraordinarily attentive and exceptionally fine care. For the past many years, Jane had been looked after by the wonderful caregivers of Excel In-Home Care Services.
Jane was well-loved – and well-liked – by those closest to her. She leaves behind beloved family and friends. Family members grieving her death include her daughter, Judy Anderson Mullins and her wife, Morgan Stewart, of Woodside, CA; daughter-in-law, Leslee Mullins; granddaughter, Marie Jane Mullins, and great-grand-daughter Shyla Mullins, all of Encinitas; grand-daughter Amanda Troche and her husband, Ray Troche, currently of New Haven, CT; and grandson, Jason Mullins, currently in San Jose, CA. Jane Mullins was pre-deceased by her husband Jack; her son David; her adored parents; and her three siblings. She leaves behind two generations of nieces and nephews who adore her, and her two wonderful and devoted sisters-in-law, Priscilla "Sidi" Keitel and Betty Clarke Anderson.
A private gathering has been held.
For those who wish to send a memorial gift, the family believes that Hospice-by-the-Sea would be a wonderful recipient. Of course, Jane would be absolutely delighted if you'd consider giving to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, the Sierra Club or an organization dedicated to helping animals.