Jane Wilson

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Jane Wilson, of Sheridan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

Jane was born on a sunny day in Pomona, Calif., on Jan. 12, 1937. She and her sisters enjoyed the outdoors and grew up running barefoot through the southern California orange groves. Jane graduated from Chaffey High School and attended the University of California Los Angeles and Foothill College where she earned a degree in dental hygiene. She also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming.

A sunny disposition and fondness for the outdoors permeated her life - bright, cheerful, optimistic and always up for adventure. Jane moved "west" to Sheridan in 1970 where she began her teaching career at Sheridan College. In 1972 Jane married veterinarian Dr. John Wilson, Jr., and they resided for many years south of Sheridan at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Over the years they cared for the land and raised a variety of animals, including Maynard the orphan cow elk.

Jane immensely enjoyed horseback riding, especially cattle drives and trail rides with friends in the mountains. A prodigious seamstress, she meticulously produced intricate hand-stitched quilts, embroidery and handcrafted clothing. Her culinary talents pleased palates.

Jane was a kind and generous person that fully lived life with grace and dignity. Jane is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John Wilson, in 2011 and her sister Linda. She is survived by her sister Betty Franks of Laguna Woods, Calif.; her sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Gay Ellen Vick of Atkins, Iowa, and Greg and Kathy Vick of Billings; and grandchildren James (and Hillary) Vick, Sam Vick and Alex Emick. Cremation is complete, and at Jane's request there will be no funeral or religious service. Thank you to the numerous friends, acquaintances and family of Jane and John for heartfelt support. Jane will be missed by many.

Jane was a gentle person that loved animals and nature. If inclined, donations may be made in the name of Dr. John and Jane Wilson to the Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801. Phone 307-674-7694.

Published by Billings Gazette on Nov. 2, 2014.
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