Mrs. Jane W. Stone of Lake Wales went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by family as well as her caretakers of Savannah Court and Compassionate Care Hospice. She was 85.
Jane Bernice Williams Stone was born in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 1, 1927.
She was raised in Annapolis, Md., and attended schools there, graduating from Annapolis High School in 1944 at the age of 16. She entered the Southern Baptist Hospital Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, where she graduated with a Registered Nurse degree in 1948.
Upon graduating, she returned to the East Coast where she served as a registered nurse in Washington, D.C. At the suggestion of a Nursing School classmate, Theta Stone, she met Theta’s brother, Naval Ship’s Serviceman 2 recovery at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
They were married in Annapolis in 1951 and honeymooned in central Florida, after which they moved first to Babson Park and then Lake Wales in 1960. They shared 48 years together.
Jane was appointed as the Director of Health of the Frostproof area schools and served as a registered nurse at the Lake Wales Hospital before joining her husband’s State Farm Insurance Agency in Lake Wales as his office manager. They retired together, in 1983, but continued their involvement in many community organizations and their church, First Baptist Church of Lake Wales.
Jane was a licensed registered nurse in Louisiana, Washington, D.C., and Florida. She was an active member and past President of the Lake Wales Women’s Club, Rotary’s Inner Wheel, and the PTA. She was a volunteer with the Lake Wales Hospital Yellow Ladies and Gentlemen for 23 years, serving as its Director from 1983 to 2004. She was a member of and held various offices in the American Nurses Association, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Order of the Amaranth, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales for 61 years, where she served on various committees, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School for 50 years.
In her other spare time, she was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and used her knitting and crocheting skills to make quilts, afghans, pillow covers, and socks for local charities.
She also used her considerable sewing skills to make clothes for family and friends and costumes for school plays and church pageants.
A lifelong reader and letter-writer, she maintained a worldwide correspondence with family and friends until the very end, never forgetting a birthday or anniversary or a sick friend. Always generous with her time and her spirit, she always put others first and thought the best of everyone. She lived her life in the constant assurance that no trial or trouble could come into her life that could not be equaled by the grace of God.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Kelly Stone (1999); mother, Janie Ogburn Williams; father, Floyd Williams; and older brothers Jarrett R. Williams and W. Lee Williams.
She is survived by her younger brother, Charles (Floyd) Williams of Moreno Valley, Calif.; daughters Janeen Stone Montgomery and son-in-law Wayne, both of Lake Wales and Col. (U.S. Army, Retired) Kathryn Stone of Burke, Va., and son Ronald Kelly Stone, Jr., of Tampa; three grandchildren, Mrs. Laura Arthur (Chad) of Dothan, Ala., Ms. Kelli Janeen (KJ) Montgomery of Lake Wales, and Sgt. Joshua Montgomery (Courtney), U.S. Army, of Fort Stewart, Ga. She has six great grandchildren: Kyle, Cole, and Kate Arthur of Dothan, Ala., and Joseph, Mason, and Kiree Montgomery of Lake Wales.
Her funeral service was at the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales on Friday, July 19, 2013, with Pastors Scott Markley and Barry Hooten officiating.
Interment followed at Lake Wales Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 552, Lake Wales, FL 33859-0552, or Compassionate Care Hospice at 2525 S. Drane Field Road, Suite 4, Lakeland, FL 33811.
Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales is in charge of arrangements.