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Obituary for Jane Ellen Mark (Simpson)

Jane Ellen  Mark (Simpson)
Jane Ellen Mark, 70, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a thoracic aortic aneurysm on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

She leaves her beloved husband of 48 years, Bob Mark; four daughters, Melanie Wood, Mary Catherine Kirby, Emily Remington of Birmingham, Alabama and Laura Bush of New York City. Jane Ellen loved each of her sons-in-law as if they were her own: Michael Wood, Ryan Kirby, Eric Remington and Adam Bush. She had ten adoring grandchildren: Lucy, Annie and Morgan Wood, Christopher, Molly, Capi and Benjamin Kirby, Sarah Ellen and Henry Remington, and Nathan Bush. She had countless friends.

Jane Ellen graduated from East High School in Wichita, Kansas, where she met Bob when they were 16. They dated throughout high school and attended Valparaiso University together in Indiana. She graduated with a degree in political science and after they were married, settled in Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1970.

Upon beginning a family, Jane Ellen devoted herself to her family, serving in capacities related to her family’s life. She was a master organizer of people and details, and her efforts have impacted countless lives. When her daughters were in elementary school, she founded the parent organization, Partners in Education, at Central Christian School in Clayton, Missouri. She also organized and led the weekly meal service of the Businessmen’s Luncheon at Central Presbyterian Church, also in Clayton. Together with Bob, they coordinated and led family summer vacations to Young Life’s Trail West Lodge in Buena Vista, Colorado for over a decade, taking hundreds to experience wilderness and adventure in what she believed to be “God’s country.” As her children grew out of the elementary years, she supported Bob and worked alongside him in over 10 years of service on the Board at Westminster Christian Academy. Since 2005, she has co-led with Bob the Discovery Sunday School class at Central Presbyterian Church, welcoming, shepherding and assimilating new members to Central.

Jane Ellen was a voracious learner and was endlessly creative. She loved to read and share books with her family and friends. She faithfully made generous donations to the Central Christian School library. She cherished time in her beloved book club, speaking often of her relationships with the women there and how their reading together impacted her. When her youngest daughter was in high school, she began taking piano lessons. She delighted in playing hymns and classical music for hours a day and invited the family to her recitals. She loved to knit and needlepoint and was often working on numerous projects at a time, most of them gifts for her children, grandchildren and friends. She taught many aspiring knitters and used those opportunities to love and nurture the souls of her students. She was unfailingly generous with her time, talents, treasure and love.

Most importantly, Jane Ellen loved Jesus. She walked with him daily, knew him well, and continually sought to read Scripture, pray, and study more about her Lord. She was disciplined and strategic about Scripture and catechism memorization, loved to sing hymns of praise, and continually encouraged Bob, her children and grandchildren in their faith in Christ.

Jane Ellen’s impact on the lives of her family, her friends, and her church has been rich and deep. We have been blessed to call her “Janie,” “Mom,” “Nana,” and “friend.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider making a donation for scholarships to Central Christian School She was a passionate supporter of Christian education, and she cherished the legacy of academically excellent, gospel-centered education that Central instilled in the hearts and minds of her children and grandchildren for over three decades and continuing today.
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