Jane Hendrix Dean
Jane Hendrix Dean, of Salinas, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Jane was born January 6, 1926, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She remained proud of her Arkansas roots throughout her life.
Jane met the love of her life at 16, when Kenneth C. Dean, her husband to be, rented a room in her grandmother's house. They had a wartime romance and married October 22, 1942. They had 70 wonderful years together. After Kenneth returned from the service in WWII, they lived in Ames, Iowa, where Kenneth attended college on the GI. Bill. It was there that Jane joined the Methodist Church. While Kenneth earned his Bachelor's Degree, Jane earned her high school diploma, which she was very proud of.
The family moved to Florida in 1950, for Kenneth's first teaching job. They lived there until they moved to Salinas, in 1965. Jane worked as a Finance Clerk at Salinas High for 10 years starting in 1969. She always said it was the best job she ever had. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with the students and staff.
Jane had a strong faith in God. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church. Jane loved to read the Bible, enjoyed her meetings with the Golden Girls, was a volunteer at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, and loved her time with her family. Jane had a great empathy for family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Jane is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Dean; sons, John Dean, Kenneth R. (Helen) Dean; grandsons, James Dean, Eric V. Espinoza, Gene Dean, Steven Dean; and great-granddaughter, Natalie Espinoza. She also is survived by one brother, Gene (Carol Ann) Hendrix of Conway, Arkansas.
Referring to her humble beginnings in the house she grew up in with four brothers and one sister, Jane always said "It's a long way from Scull Street."
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 404 Lincoln Ave., Salinas, CA 93901, with reception to follow at the church.
Jane was cremated, per her wishes, and burial will follow for family members at a later date.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Published by The Salinas Californian from Sep. 26 to Sep. 28, 2013.