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First Christian Church
Friday January 7th, 2022

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Jane Thomas

Jane E. Thomas

June 13, 1945 – October 21, 2021

Jane E. (St. Clair) Thomas was born to Ernest “Wink” and Ellen St. Clair on June 13, 1945, in Jefferson, Iowa. Jane grew up on the family farm south of Jefferson wither her parents and her brother, Dick. She loved horses, did farm chores, drove tractors, showed Angus cattle in 4H, and enjoyed helping her dad outside on the farm. After graduating high school, Jane became a surgical tech and worked for both Methodist and Mercy Hospitals in Des Moines, Iowa. It was during this time that she met Robert “Bob” Thomas and they were married on July 12, 1964.

Many remember Jane from shopping at her business “The Décor Shoppe” or the little seed store where she sold seeds and plants. Her family also had a small truck farming business, where one year her they grew 500 tomato plants. Jane used her skills and her love of farming to rig the garden tractor to pull wagons and sprayers. She could even be seen working around town, driving her tractor and working on the landscape at the courthouse. For several years, Jane worked for the Ringgold County Sheriff’s office as a jailor/dispatcher. However, the thing that most people remember Jane for is her musical talent. Jane started taking piano lessons at a young age, and in high school, her parents bought an organ. Jane was hooked. The whole family took lessons, but Jane excelled. She became church organist at the Central Christian Church in Jefferson, Iowa. After she and Bob moved to Mount Ayr, she became well known in Southern Iowa for her Big Band dance band, “The Jane Thomas Trio.” She was also an active participant in the Ringgold Singers, taught piano and organ lessons, and she and her family gave 17 Christmas Concerts as a gift to their community. Her children, Sean and Angela, grew up performing piano, organ and vocal numbers at the annual Christmas concerts. Jane played for countless weddings and funerals, as well as being the church organist for the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

After retiring, Jane found new hobbies including sewing and embroidery. She spent time making clothes for her kids and grandkids and gifts for her family and friends. She spent the last two years residing at Clearview Home and created gifts for staff that had new babies and other friends and family.

Besides music, the thing that Jane was most passionate about was her family. She and Bob had two children, Angela Pearl (James), and son, Sean Thomas (Jennifer), and four grandchildren, Alyssa and Caleb Pearl and Austin and Aria Thomas.

Jane is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Richard St. Clair and her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Thomas.

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A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2022 atthe First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending memorials to Ringgold County Public Health, 109 W Madison, Mount Ayr, IA 50854.

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I so enjoyed being Jane's home care nurse. She was such a joy to visit with. I was then able to see her often at Clearview as she was my mom's neighbor there. Mom so enjoyed the times she played piano there for them! She will be missed.

Sharla Norris Dec 31 2021 9:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane Thomas

Gwen Trullinger Dec 27 2021 3:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane Thomas

Vicki Irving Westerly Nov 17 2021 1:47 PM

So many many memories of Jane and her family. Jane and my Mother were friends and if they both had a "gig" to play on the same night they would each go to one. Watching Jane drag that Hammond out of her vehicle and cart it in and then listening to her beautiful music holds a special place in my heart. I am sure Jane and Margaret are making beautiful music up there together now and Ed Shields is furnishing the vocals. I enjoyed talking Jane on the phone and in person when I could. She was a good hearted person.

Richard Pence Nov 2 2021 12:04 PM

I send my sympathy to all of Jane's family. I first met Jane when I took organ lessons from her soon after she moved to Mt. Ayr. I remember her Hammond organ having a Leslie speaker, which I was fascinated by. It also made me very envious that she had her own organ to play anytime in her home. By contrast I had to practice on the organ at my church. Finally, in my 30s, I was able to buy my own organ. Thank you, Jane, for sharing your talent and teaching with me many years ago.

Isabelle Abarr Nov 2 2021 2:56 AM

Angie and family, I am so sorry. I'll be keeping you all in my prayers.

Jann Neiers-Squires Oct 31 2021 4:14 PM

Jane, is was an honor and a joy in meeting you, You never failed to make me laugh! I will miss you!

Mona Hensley Oct 30 2021 8:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane Thomas

Mona Hensley Oct 30 2021 8:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane Thomas

Jenny and Kurt Larsen Oct 30 2021 4:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane Thomas

Marilyn Hohlfeld Oct 30 2021 11:30 AM

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