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Of Arlington, VA, formerly from Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on Friday, December 7, 2012.
Jane grew up in Herrin, Illinois, graduated from Southern Illinois University and served in the WAVES during World War II. Following the war, Jane worked for the Red Cross in Heidelberg, West Germany and began a long career as an administrative assistant at SIU. She received her master's degree in history in 1965 and retired in 1984.
Jane was devoted to her family, especially her mother, for whom she cared for years after the death of her father. She was the family historian, traveled widely, and was always gentle and kind. In her later years she was a charming great aunt, whose eyes lit up when she saw the younger generation.
She is survived by her sister, Grahame Coffey of Arlington, VA, sister-in-law Mary Lou Crichton of Albuquerque, NM and her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who will miss her dearly. Services private.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 16, 2012
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