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Jane Smith

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Smith, Jane B.

Jane B. Smith, born as Aura Jane Burcham, entered the world on Nov. 12, 1927 In Albuquerque, NM. She passed peacefully on Oct. 11, 2016 at the age of 88. She was the daughter of Annette G. Burcham and John Carl Burcham, who was the principal of Stronghurst Elementary School, where Jane attended grade school. Her mother was a piano and voice teacher who taught Jane these skills from early childhood. At the age of 12, Jane was baptized into the Church of Christ and she remained active in the church until her death.

Jane attended Albuquerque High School and graduated from David Lipscomb High School in Nashville, TN and Abilene Christian College in Abilene, TX. After her marriage in 1950 to Willis A. Smith, she returned to college earning a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society and a candidate for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at that institution.

Willis and Jane were the parents of one daughter, Charlotte Anne Smith. As a parent, Jane remained active in community affairs. She was a member of the Albuquerque Opera Guild of the Santa Fe Opera and the American Association of University Women. She was president of the Uptown Garden Club and Director of District 1, New Mexico Garden Clubs Inc. She was prominent in establishing the Albuquerque Garden Center and chaired many civic beautification projects. She was public relations chairman of many local organizations and was the recipient of several Matrix awards and had numerous articles published in New Mexico Magazine.

Jane never lost her childhood love of music and played piano for most of her life. Her musical inclinations also led her to become an active member of the New Mexico Symphony Guild. In 1978, she chaired the Symphony Ball of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Through the years, she also chaired numerous other events for the orchestra and was a member of the Board of Directors for nine years, serving as second vice-president. In 1985, she was elected to the Volunteer Council of the American Symphony Orchestra League, where she was the secretary and editor of the national newsletter. In 2000, she was chairman of the Young Artists Competition in Piano Performance for the NMSO. She remained active in Church of Christ and established a gardening project for the inner-city children through the Mission Albuquerque Program. She read avidly and loved attending her Monday morning book club meetings.

Both she and Willis loved traveling, playing golf and tennis and taking trips with their grandsons. The couple pursued their love of art and music by visiting museums and attending concerts in the United States and Europe. The couple maintained a house and a boat in Laguna Beach, CA and made many happy cruises of along the coastline. Recently, they enjoyed an "adobe casita" in Santa Fe. They maintained an active social life and were blessed to have many lifelong friends.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Willis; and by daughter, Charlotte Anne Scott; her sisters Anne Kuhfuss and Mildred Bixler. She is survived by her grandsons, Shaun and Seth Scott; great-grandchildren, Shayla and Willis Scott of WI; niece Sue Gilliaum of Greenwood, AR and Anne Berryhill, of Murfreesboro, TN; nephews Tim Bixler of Greenville, MS, James Bixler of Littleton, CO and Mark Bixler of Valencia, CA and Rob Kuhfuss of Glendale, AZ; and cousins James German of New York and Robert German of Austin, TX. Honorary pallbearers are Seth Scott, Bill Estes, Bill White, Warren Woods, Chip Smith, Rob Kuhfuss, Paul Gilliaum, Tim Bixler, James Bixler and Mark Bixler.

French Funerals is handling Jane's final arrangements. She will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery on Yale SE with a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 14. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Music Guild of New Mexico, P.O. Box 3458 Albuquerque, NM 87190 or to the New Mexico Children's Home, 5700 Winterhaven Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. Family and friends may also leave online condolences to the family at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2016
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