Jane McWhorter

Jane McWhorter’s last ladies day speech
Photo: Celine Sparks

by Kathy Kendall

FAYETTE, Ala. (BNc) — Jane McWhorter was born Nov. 14, 1935 in Nashville, Tenn. She lived in Fayette, Ala., for the past 39 years, where her husband Don served as minister for the Fayette congregation and Jane taught first grade. She was Alabama’s Merit Mother of the Year in 1994. Jane was a best selling author of nine books and was a popular speaker at conferences and ladies’ events across the U.S.

Jane was known and loved by others, however, not for her achievements, but for the love she showed to them. Jane loved, accepted and saw the good in each person exactly the way they were. She was regularly seen taking balloons and birthday presents to all the residents of the nursing home, bringing food to the sick and those grieving, teaching adults who had never learned to read, visiting and taking food to those in prison, remembering hundreds of people each year with a hand-written note and gift on their birthday and anniversary.

After a brief battle with leukemia, Jane passed away Feb. 26, 2013 with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Shannon and Elma Delk Shannon; and by her husband Don, to whom she was married for 52 years. She is survived by her two children, daughter Kathy Kendall (Tony), and son Greg McWhorter (Shannon), and her six grandchildren, Shannon and Emily Kendall, Jack, Sam, Kate and Claire McWhorter.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Mar. 1 at the Fayette Church of Christ. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5:00-8:00 at Nelson Funeral Home in Fayette and also immediately following the funeral service at the Fayette Church of Christ.