Jane Applewhite, 60, of Seymour passed away at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family after a seven-year fight against cancer.
Born May 28, 1956, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Joseph Mather, who preceded her in death, and Lela Trowbridge Mather who survives. She married Andy Applewhite, who survives, on Aug. 3, 1991, at New Hope Christian Church in Columbus.
Jane was a very active member of Seymour Christian Church. She graduated in the top 10 of the 1974 class of Columbus East High School, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in education from Hanover College in 1978 and received her Master of Science in education from Indiana University in 1982.
Jane loved to travel and especially loved the beach. She was a free spirit who made friends easily and was kind to everyone she met. She was thoughtful and resourceful and very creative with arts and crafts. She loved to do projects for Seymour Christian Church and invested many hours to make sure they were perfect. She was a fixture there until her declining health prevented her attendance.
Jane was a champion for kindness and went out of her way to remember even the smallest events of friends and family with gifts and cards. She was also a champion for education. She taught second grade in the Fayette County School Corp. for 14½ years. After leaving the role and while raising her daughter, she tutored Japanese students in English and helped them assimilate themselves into American life. She opened her home to approximately 75 students in 17 years of tutoring. She loved to help her students be more confident so they could live freely like her. She used the opportunity to share her faith when the moment was right.
After her savior, nothing was more important to Jane than her family. She loved to play games, laugh and tell stories. She was fiercely loyal to all her family and friends. Her greatest memories were of her humble, loving family from her childhood. Jane’s greatest gift was her daughter, Allison. She poured every ounce of her heart and knowledge into Allison and like many parents, lived and died with her successes and setbacks. Nothing was more important to Jane than to instill Christian values and character in Allison.
Besides her mother and her loving husband, survivors include her cherished daughter, Allison (Matt) Baker; and two sisters, Norma (Eric) Brunn and Sheila (Mark) Jones.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Seymour Christian Church with the Rev. Bill Lockman officiating.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be given to Seymour Christian Church Building Fund or American Cancer Society.
Voss Funeral Service handled the arrangements.