Jane Cox Tate 1921 - 2011

Paid family tribute

Jane Cox Tate, 89, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Claridge Court Care Center. Following a private family graveside service, a reception celebrating her life will be held at Claridge Court Hall, 8101 Mission Road from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 9th.
Jane was born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, on August 1, 1921. Jane married Billy Miller Tate on March 3, 1942. Jane and Billy spent most of their adult lives in Kansas City and were happily married for 67 years. Billy preceded her in death in 2009.
Jane attended school in Ridgely, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in education. She taught school for several years in Tipptonville, Tennessee, during World War II.
Family was always Jane’s first priority. She made family travel a big part of her life. We have many wonderful memories of family adventures around the world. Jane was always organizing fun events for family. She had a closet of clothes for the grandchildren to play dress up. She organized special game nights for family gatherings. Her special holiday meals were always memorable. She was a great role model for her children and grandchildren.
Jane was an active member in the community as a Brownie leader and Girl Scout leader. She volunteered at Highland Elementary School as PTO leader and room mother. She also volunteered at the Village Presbyterian Church. In addition, she was in various bridge clubs and garden clubs.
Of all of her possessions, her family and friends were most important to her. Jane leaves behind her children: daughter Linda Tate Woodsmall and her husband Pete of Kansas City, Lydia Tate Belot of Lawrence, Kansas, and Annette Tate Steinauer and her husband Ed of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Jennifer Woodsmall Larson and husband Jim, David Woodsmall, Anna Woodsmall, Ellen Belot Roggemann and husband Kris, Lindsey Tate Vail and husband Nathan; and great-grandchildren Hallie and Quilynn Vail; and sister June Chrisman.
Jane and her family want to thank the many wonderful caregivers at Claridge Court that treated her with such kindness and compassion. They will be in our hearts forever.
Contributions may be made to the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208. Condolences may be made at

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.