Jane Ireland
1916 - 2021
Jane Ireland
September 23, 1916 - February 16, 2021
Overland Park, Kansas - Jane Ireland died peacefully February 16, 2021 after 104 years of living a loving and beloved life. Jane is one of three daughters of Hazel Zeller, a wonder of kindness herself. In High School Jane was honored to speak at her high school graduation and the National Honor Society. She earned her Associates Degree at a time when few women attended college.
Jane's biggest achievements were living a life of kindness and caring for others. For 36 years Jane was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Bill Ireland until Bill died in 1971. Theirs was a marriage like those portrayed in romantic comedies, full of romance and deep devotion to one another.
As a mother, Jane was so generous with her love and care that even as teenagers, her daughters recognized that they had a very special mother. Jane would just do anything for her children from bringing forgotten homework to school, to driving all over Kansas City for their special events. Her children most treasured knowing they could count on the daily routine of awakening to the smells of breakfast cooking every morning and the goodnight kisses and wishes as they were falling asleep.
In her 80's, Jane stepped up in a very large way by providing many years of daily care for her chronically ill daughter Jan. And, Jane "mothered" her daughter's three children over those same years, spending as much time at her daughter's home as her own. However, that wasn't enough giving for Jane. She continued to drive to her three volunteer jobs a week, until at the age of 96, a broken femur interfered with her ability to drive.
Jane had many, many friends of all ages. Her adulthood close friendships continued until ended by death. Jane was in a sense a blessing to those around her with her wit growing through the years as well as her graciousness. She felt a mission to help widowed friends and acquaintances after losing a spouse since she was the first one of them to become widowed at age 54. Since 1971 when Bill died a close friend and Jane went to every Chiefs home game until "death did they part".
Jane was a long term resident of the Village Presbyterian Church occupying the same place in the same pew, every Sunday and regularly volunteering for the Church.
Her family truly appreciates the help given to Jane, with such loving kindness by her caregiver/friend Shannon Bukaty, and the kind and dedicated staff of Tallgrass Creek and also Inspire Hospice.
There will be a service honoring Jane on Wednesday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Inspire Hospice and messages left at Johnsoncountychapel.com.
Jane was predeceased by her husband Bill Ireland and daughter, Jan Ireland LeBow. Jane is survived by her daughters Gayle LaFevers and husband Larry, Pat Ireland, Nancy Lignitz. Grandchildren: Evelan Savanna Sam, Cole and wife Shelley, Brett and wife Gina, Jordan and partner Ken, Derek and J.D. Great Grandchildren: Kaleigh and husband Rex, Corey and Michael.

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Published by Kansas City Star from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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Jane & Bill were friends of my parents, Roy & Joan Edwards. The 3rd party in the group was Mary Kay & Bob Fothergill. Mary Kay was a very close friend & when I was in college & home in KC she would call to see if I could help at The Little House. This is where I was with Jane & would see her later once Doug & I had children. Our children were born around the same time as JD, Derek & Jordan. Jan & I would hang by the pool watching our 3. I saw her a bit after her divorce as her illness was taking hold. Jane was an amazing mother & grandmother. I can´t imagine what would have happened if she wasn´t there. The sadness of losing Jan was apparent on Jane, but she continued to help her grandchildren & great grandchildren. She truly was an incredible person so giving & putting herself last. I have to think that she is with Bill & all their friends & sweet Jan. Love to all the family.
Susan Edwards Miller
March 24, 2021
Jane will be missed by all those she touched. John, Trey and I offer our deepest sympathies I remember the time Her car would not start and I picked her and Beulah up over in Waldo after a Chiefs game. They were sitting on a stone wall swinging their leg and talking. one of many memories.
Nancy Gossett
February 27, 2021
Gayle.. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother! Thinking of you and sending prayers your way! Jeanne Dick
Jeanne Dick
February 26, 2021