HEDGES, Jane Jane Estelle Kent Hedges was born on May 5th, 1938, in Memphis, TN, to Leigh and Leon Kent. She moved to Tyler, TX at the age of 2 and graduated from Tyler High School in 1956. She went on to study History at SMU, graduating in 1960. She married Rev. Bill Hedges and served in the Texas conference as a preacher's wife for nearly 30 years. She moved to Dallas in 1989. Jane was a devoted and faithful member of the United Methodist Church her entire life, sharing the love of God with those around her through teaching Sunday School, volunteering and leading bible studies. Jane wanted her life to be a witness for Christ. Jane's focus was always on relationships, both in the family and with friends and church members around her. She found an outlet for her outstanding administrative abilities through the Kappa Alpha Theta national volunteer offices she held, and developed lifelong friendships working with young college women. Jane's career in fundraising included stints at the Dallas Opera, Bishop Lynch High School, and the Visiting Nurses Association, all of which taught her what was needed to work in Planned Giving for SMU. She genuinely loved working at SMU, giving reunion tours and telling the story about why SMU had been so important throughout her own life. Jane died surrounded by her loved ones and receiving messages testifying to her deep faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leigh Andrews Kent and Leon Kent. She is survived by her brother, David Kent of Houston, her husband, Bob Munroe, her children: Kathryn and Stephen Arata and their children, Jeremy and Emma Arata, Hanna Arata, and Julianna Arata; Jennifer and Kent Hedges and their children, Nicholas Hedges, Noah Hedges and Logan Hedges; and Rebecca and Ross Matthews and their children, Ellen Matthews and Olivia Matthews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18, at 11:00 am at University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Park UMC, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, or Feed My Starving Children.
Published by Dallas Morning News on Sep. 15, 2021.