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Jane Burkhalter Cornell

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Jane Burkhalter Cornell Obituary
Jane Burkhalter Cornell passed away on April 5, 2018 just shy of her 80th birthday after a courageous struggle with leukemia. She was surrounded by her family. She is survived by her long-time companion Tom Atkins, her twin sister Jean Stephens (husband Craig), her 2 children David Cornell (wife Jen, children Vivi and Sophia) and Catherine Cornell (husband Robert, children Christopher and David), Tom's children Tucker, Tammy, Tracy, and Terry, and her dachshund Lily. Jane was born on April 22, 1938 and grew up in Austin, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in education before marrying David M. Cornell. She and David raised their 2 children in Houston, then Philadelphia. In 1980, they built a home in Estes Park's Windcliff community. After a divorce from David in the '80s, Jane moved to Estes Park full-time and began a career in general contracting and real estate. It was during her time in Estes that she met her beloved Tom. Jane's fun-loving personality and love of this area made her special - she never met anyone who didn't become a friend! Jane could purse her lips just so and utter a shrill whistle that could bring a meeting to order, settle unruly children, or summon a friend from across a parking lot! After an active career, Jane and Tom began heading south in the winter to Sun Lakes, AZ before eventually moving to Sun Lakes full-time in 2009. Jane was an avid tennis player her whole life (her children were tennis orphans growing up). She was known for her mean strawberry daiquiris and her praline graham cracker cookies. Jane was always quick with a smile and a willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need. She made friends wherever she went whether it was on the tennis court, in the grocery store, walking with Lily, or in her neighborhood. Everyone is invited to a Remembrance Party for Jane on Sunday, September 2 at the Estes Park Masonic Lodge, 1820 South St. Vrain Ave., from 11AM to 2PM. Bring a funny story, a photo, a remembrance of Jane to share, or just come and remember a life well lived and meet her extended family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Aug. 10, 2018
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