In Memory

Jane W. McMullin

SISTER JANE WALKER MCMULLIN was a great mom and grandma. Following the death of her husband, Nolan, October 4, 1951, she moved from Roy, Utah at the invitation of her parents, James H. and Fannye Walker, to live with them in her home town of Raymond, Alberta. There, with the help of many extended family members and the rest of the community she raised her five children: Brad, Spencer, Faris, Nola and Ron. Jane worked for eight years at the Post Office, which allowed her to get to know most everyone in town. Attending university at the same time as her youngest son, she obtained her degree in education, teaching school for one year. She also taught at Henderson Business College. For ten years, Jane worked in mission homes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning in Calgary, then Anchorage, Portland, and Salt Lake City, where she made many friendships. For the past 14 years she lived in the Meadowlark Manor in Raymond surrounded by many close friends whom she loved. Her hobbies were cooking food and making treats for others, writing birthday and Christmas cards, talking on the phone to a multitude of friends and family, and giving service to all she met.

In her younger years, Jane enjoyed track and field and playing basketball, and as a college student she played for Olds College. Jane helped her mother with picking peas and berries, canning garden produce, and making bread. Even in recent years, she won prizes at the local agriculture fair for her homemade bread. She made buns for church functions, fund-raisers, and for those who were ill or who had a new baby. She enjoyed her church callings, 23 years teaching the youngest class, Sunbeams, and over a dozen years in the Young Women’s organization of the Church. She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ and did her best to follow His example.

Jane is truly an icon in Raymond, travelling to the store or post office on her blue scooter, her white hair in curls, and usually wearing a dress. The children of the town know her as “the smiley lady,” and the adults of the town know her as the happiest, most positive person they have ever known. Many, both young and old, call her “Grandma Jane.” She had an unconditional love for everyone and treated everyone as a best friend. Her passing on November 30, during a very brief hospital stay following a fall, brings many tears to family and friends, but we also rejoice in her reunion with her husband after 62 years apart. She fortunately had good health for her 93 years.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Fairbanks, her brothers, Ralph and Reed Walker, and her sisters-in-law, Barbara and Willa Rae Walker, Deloris Scoville, and Joan McMullin. She was predeceased by many in her family: as well as her husband, Nolan, her son, Spencer; her mother and father, Fannye and James H. Walker; and siblings and spouses: Harris and Beth Walker, Beth and Earl Zemp, Fay and Elsie Walker, Paul (Mary) Fairbanks, Robert (Barbara) Walker, Michele (Ralph) Walker, Ruth Walker, Marilyn (Reed) Walker, Glen (Willa Rae) Walker, and her three little brothers, the twins, Floyd and Lloyd, and Richard. Of Jane’s in-laws, Clarice and Dick O’Brien, Iona and Fred Turner, Bob (Joan) McMullin, Donald McMullin, and Gordon (Deloris) Scoville have already passed on. Gone before her are also four grandchildren: Ryan McMullin, Chloe Smith, Thomas Baker, and William Joseph Baker.

She delighted in her children and 33 grandchildren and 105 great grandchildren, her many nieces and nephews, and all who married into the family, particularly her daughters-in-law Liz (Brad), Pat (Faris), and Mary-Rose (Ron) and favourite son-in-law George Baker (Nola).

Funeral Services were held, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Raymond Stake Centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment is in the Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond.