Jane Maurer Lano Hughes, born February 5, 1921 in Bowling Green, Ohio and died February 25, 2000 in Indianapolis, Indiana while in the care of her only daughter, Tami. Also the mother of a son, Terry, who joined the Navy -- likely inspired by his mother's service in the Nave W.A.V.E.S. during World War II. She used her G.I. bill to get her pilot's license. She was a happy woman even though her life included trials. She was widowed young while her children were still under three years old. She remarried but that marriage ended in divorce. She had a wooden spoon collection that her children and grandchildren would add to from their world travels. She loved children and was a nanny in her retirement. Jane loved her country and would get a tear in her eye when she saw the flag. She loved Scrabble and April Fool's Day! Grandmother to seven, four girls and three boys. They were so proud of her when she quit smoking "cold turkey" after fifty years. Sadly, the habit still contributed to her passing several years later as emphysema and a heart attack took her life. They remember her fondly especially when singing hymns that she loved!
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My dear mother was truly a member of The Greatest Generation. Her family lived through the Great Depression and WWII. As mentioned before, Jane served in the Navy WAVES and was always so happy and proud to have served. She taught her family to always respect the flag and honor our great land of America. She was also so proud that Terry served his career in the Navy. Fun fact: she was always addressed as MOTHER by Terry and me, she never wanted to be called Mom or Mommy! Back in the 1950s we would walk home from school for lunch and she would always have a fun lunch ready for us. She loved being a full-time wife and mother and we always felt cherished and supported in our activities. She especially loved dogs, having had many of them, and learned to love cats when I started having many pet cats throughout the years. We had a wonderful Great Dane, Gloria, while we lived together during her last years, and they both adored each other. It was such a great privilege for me to help care for her during her declining health. We always laughed about having to be extra nice to her on her birthday, Mother's Day, AND Veteran's Day!
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