Edwards, Dorothy Jane (nee Robohn) of Clinton, MO., passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013 in Kansas City after a long illness. She was born March 29, 1931 in Osawatomie, KS, was raised in Burlington, KS and graduated from Burlington High School. Jane graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1951, received her BSN from St. Louis University in 1956, and her MSN from Washington University in 1968. She was an OB/GYN Nurse Practioner, with a great love for newborn babies and their mothers. Her professional positions included Assistant Director of Nursing at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Coordinator of Maternal-Child Nursing at DePaul Hospital School of Nursing, and Director of Health Occupations at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO. She was widely known and highly respected as a nurse educator. Jane is profiled in Who's Who and widely published in professional publications. She retired in 1987. Jane was a devout Catholic and a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, back to the days of the Gashouse Gang and Stan Musial. Jane enjoyed the outdoors and spent many happy days on the Elk, Gasconade, and Osage rivers. She met and later married James C. Edwards September 12, 1959. Survivors include her husband James, her children James Edwards III of Sedalia, MO, Julia (Richard) Watson of Kansas City, MO, Grace Marino of Des Moines, IA and LTC (US Army, retired) John (Sonya) Edwards of Bear, DE; grandchildren Sarah, John, David, Victoria and Thomas. She is also survived by her sisters Catherine Bigham of Aurora, CO, Helen Durstine of Topeka, KS and Julia Birk-Tutin of Joplin, MO. Jane was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Walter Robohn, and her daughter Elizabeth Ann Mason. Services: A Celebration of Life and Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Burlington, KS at a later date. Jane was a kind and very gentle Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Aunt. She was very much loved by family and friends, and will be greatly missed.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 8, 2013