Jane Miller Hitchcock
March 5, 1945 – July 8, 2023
Jane Miller Hitchcock died peacefully at her Montgomery home on July 8th. Jane was born on March 5, 1945, and was the youngest child of Mabel Claire Sheffield Hitchcock and Matthew C. (Jack) Hitchcock, both of whom predeceased her. Her brother, Harry C. Hitchcock, also predeceased her. Jane is survived by her Brother, Matthew H. (Jack) Hitchcock, Sr., her Nieces, Gwendolyn Hitchcock (Rod) Miles and Jennifer Hitchcock (Andrew) Hadley, her Nephew, Matthew H. (Tabetha) Hitchcock, Jr., her Great Niece, Emerson Hadley, and her Great Nephews, River Hadley, Reid Miles, Kevin Miles, Rick Miles, Benjamin Hitchcock and Jacob Hitchcock. Jane shared a very close family relationship with her cousins, Blanche Spinks and Henry Agee, and their children, Katie Spinks, James Spinks, Clay Agee and Nelson Agee; and she had many dear, loving friends.
Jane was diagnosed at the age of fourteen with lupus erythematosus, a condition that she successfully managed through steadfast discipline and energetic motivation all her life, being under the very devoted medical care of Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Malcolm M. Hargraves, who was a pioneer in the treatment of this disease. It was a considerable personal triumph for Jane when she graduated from Pine Hill High School on schedule with her classmates in 1963, and started at Livingston State College (now the University of West Alabama), from which she received her degree in education and then commenced her career teaching junior high English, initially at A.G. Parrish Junior High School in Selma, and later at Montgomery’s McIntyre Junior High School, Bellingrath Junior High School and Goodwyn Junior High School, from which she retired after enjoying over thirty years of loving devotion to her many students. Along the way, Jane obtained her Masters in education from the University of West Alabama and her AA Certificate from Auburn University in Montgomery.
After retiring from teaching, Jane commenced a second fifteen-year part time career in the Church Office at Dalraida United Methodist Church, where she very much thrived on serving the members of that congregation, which led her to become a member herself. When Dalraida recently disaffiliated, Jane continued to be a United Methodist through direct membership in its Alabama – West Florida Conference. While at Dalraida, Jane enjoyed working with its Pastoral Assistant/Youth Director, Jason Gregg, who conducted her graveside service at the Pine Hill Cemetery, at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 15th. A Celebration of Life Gathering for Jane will be held in Montgomery at a date to be scheduled later. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Children’s Harbor, 1 Our Children’s Highway, Alexander City, AL 35010, which Jane strongly supported, or to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com
Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville.