Jane Connor (1946 - 2016)

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Jane Uhrig Connor, a leading community advocate for the rights of individuals with autism and their families, passed away in her Palm Desert, California home on September 8 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Jane was born July 1, 1946 in Westminster, Maryland and was raised with her brother, Jeffrey, by their parents, Philip ("Phip") and Ruth Uhrig. Jane and Jeff spent many happy hours riding their horses Blaze and Copper together at their parents' home. Jane attended Westminster High School, class of 1964, and graduated from Hollins University, Virginia, in 1968 with a B. A. degree in Theater and French. After graduation, Jane moved to New York to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. When an opportunity presented itself, Jane drove across country in her VW bug along with an actor friend and arrived in Hollywood where she landed a few roles in feature films. Eventually, in 1986 Jane moved to the desert where she raised her family and lived until her passing. Jane's favorite quote was "it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness," and after her son's diagnosis with autism, she lit not only her own world, but that of many desert families through her passionate advocacy and tireless search for answers and equality. As a founding member of the Coachella Valley Autism Society (CVASA), Jane was an invaluable source of information, support and inspiration to parents of children with autism. In 2001, Jane was the first recipient of the Lucille M. Wilson Memorial Award, presented by CVASA to honor her dedication to the cause of autism through awareness, advocacy and education. Jane was a free spirit before it became fashionable. She will best be remembered for her boundless energy and bright and beautiful smile. Her positive approach to tackling life's challenges, as well as her incredible sense of humor, kindness and generosity, inspired those around her to go further, do more, and be better people, parents and community members. If a life can be judged by the measure of help they gave others, then Jane's was a life well lived. Jane is survived by her loving mother, Ruth Uhrig, and the greatest joys of her life, her son, John, and her daughter, Sarah ("Daisy"). Jane was preceded in death by her father, Philip Uhrig, and her brother, Jeffrey David Uhrig. Services will be held on Saturday October 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 47535 State Hwy 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260. In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, the family requests donations in Jane's name be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

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St Margaret's Episcopal Church
47535 CA-74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 29, 2016
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