Jane Alison Tews

Tews, Jane Alison
Rev. Jane A. Tews, the Senior Pastor of Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe, passed away on June 22, 2013. Jane was born on September 3, 1952 in Oceanside, New York. She received degrees from Nassau Community College (NY), Scarritt College (TN), Claremont School of Theology (CA), and the College of Law at ASU. From 1978-89 Jane served as Associate Pastor for Tempe First United Methodist Church and was also the Director of Campus Ministry at ASU. In her 35 years of ministry, Jane's pastoral appointments also included: Christ United Methodist Church (1989-91), Gilbert First United Methodist Church (1991-97), Central East District Superintendent (1997-2004), and Dayspring United Methodist Church (2004-2013). Jane began an association with the Gilbert Court in 1989, and she served as a part-time Municipal Court Judge until 2012. She held many leadership positions on various committees and administrative boards including over 20 years with the Board of Trustees of Friendship Village life care center in Mesa. Jane's gifts were many, and she leaves behind hundreds of people whose lives were touched by her sermons, her legal counsel, her compassion, her humor, her friendship, and her thoughtfulness. Jane was the rock of her family and is survived by Karen Van Allen and Megan, Melinda, and Meredith Oechsner; her mother, Ruth (Rickerby) Tews; her sisters Susan (Ralph) Olsen, Laurie (Jeff) Carriger, and Dede (Rick) Logelin; her niece Kristin (Eric) Kinsey and nephews Robert (Jeanne) DeLeo and Matthew Logelin; and her beloved dog, Mischief. A celebration service of Jane's life will be held at Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Rd. in Tempe on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to Tempe Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jane's name may be made to any of the following organizations dear to her heart: Friends For Life animal rescue in Gilbert (www.azfriends.org), Imagine No Malaria mission project (www.imaginenomalaria.org), and Dayspring United Methodist Church (www.dayspring-umc.org).

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 26, 2013