Jane Dart Maunsell died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 22, 2013. The daughter of the late Clarabel Cromwell and Benjamin Wall Dart. She is survived by her husband of nearly 69 years, E. Stewart Maunsell II and daughters, Catherine Maunsell Posey (Mike) and Elizabeth Maunsell Smith. Grandchildren, Pike Howard, Maunsell Howard (Betsy), Blakemore Brown (Hobson), Elizabeth Howard, Sally Johnson (Duane) and Stewart Hughes ( Megbe); great-grandchildren, Dabney, Maunsell and Thomas Howard; Hugh and Hayward Brown, Lindsay and Will Johnson and Mathes, Elizabeth and Clara Jane Hughes, generations of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Benjamin W. Dart, Jr. and Stephen P. Dart, and a son in law, Frederick Smith. Family, faith and service to others were the hallmarks of her life. She created a welcoming and loving environment in every home, where her grandchildren were especially drawn to spend time. An Episcopalian for over 60 years, she served as president of the Women of Trinity Church and was active on many committees. She served two terms as president of the Junior League of New Orleans, was on the Hermann-Grima Board of Managers and the early Children's Hospital board. She held office at all levels of the Colonial Dames of America, serving as president of the Louisiana Chapter and nationally, as president of Museum Properties. A lifelong learner, she was a graduate of the Louise S. McGehee school and of Newcomb College. Her interests were wide and many. She loved sailing with her family, spending time in the country and the garden and with the family dogs. Never doing anything half way, she learned to be a gourmet cook, talented calligrapher, photographer and seamstress. She loved to needlepoint and owned "Country Mouse" , a needlework shop in Covington. Her later passions were the computer and genealogical research, at which she was as usual, expert. Visiting will be Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans from 11:00am until Memorial Service at 12:00pm. Visiting will be in Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francisville, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 10:00am until Graveside Service at 10:30am. Inurnment will be at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville. In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014