February 22, 1945 - July 30, 2013
Anna Jane Marshall, Age 68, of Garland, Texas passed away on July 30, 2013 in Plano, Texas.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Jay Comstock presiding. Visitation will follow immediately after the service.
Jane was born in Italy, Texas to W.C. Williams and Anna Irene Williams on February 22, 1945. After earning her high school diploma, she married David R. Marshall, Sr. in 1966, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1969, she gave birth to a son, David R. Marshall, Jr., and in 1970, the family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1977, Jane moved back to Texas with her son in order to be closer to her family, and she has been a resident of the Dallas area ever since.
In October 1978, Jane went to work for Weir’s Furniture Village in Dallas. Over the course of her 30-plus years with the company, she touched many lives and made many lasting friendships. Jane loved her job, and treasured the relationships she made there which truly enriched her life.
Jane had an insatiable thirst for learning, and was always seeking to expand her knowledge as much as she could, about as many things as possible. She loved to read – both fiction and non-fiction – and it was important to her to spend at least a little time each day with a good book. Her favorites included romantic period pieces, usually set in 19th century England, as well as books on history and travel.
Jane was particularly interested in the story of King Richard III of England, and was always a fierce defender of his legacy. She was convinced that the historical view of Richard as a hunchbacked villain was entirely misguided. In recent years, more and more people are taking a second look at Richard’s life, and many have adopted Jane’s point of view. In 1985, Jane fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit England and Scotland. During this trip, she was able to take part in a ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Field, the site of Richard III’s defeat at the hands of Henry Tudor (King Henry VII).
Jane returned to Europe several times with her son in the years that followed, and always treasured the experiences she had there. Together, Jane and David visited Paris, Venice, Rome, London, Edinburgh, Prague, Krakow, and many other wonderful places. Jane especially loved traveling outside of the big cities in Great Britain, and was particularly fond of Wales. In 2001, she fulfilled another lifelong dream by visiting Alaska with her former Mother-in-law, with whom she remained close all of her life. Jane loved everything about these trips, and always enjoyed reliving the memories she made during her travels.
At home, Jane loved to dine out, and was always ready to try something new. She discovered a real love for Indian cuisine and for years could be found every Monday at the same Indian restaurant. She loved movies, art, and classical music, and thoroughly enjoyed sharing these things with the people she loved most. She loved animals, and adored her cats. She had a number of cats over the years, and they were all a constant source of joy and happiness for her.
More than anything, Jane loved spending time with her friends and family. It was these special people in her life that truly made her happy, and if you were one of the lucky ones, you knew that Jane loved you. The affection was always mutual, of course, and Jane was fortunate to have been loved by so many people.
Jane is survived by her son, David; her sisters Nina Marie Heaton and Carol Roll; her nephew, Kelly Curtis; her niece, Teri Galloway; and many close friends and family. She is preceded in death by her father, W.C. Williams; her mother, Anna Nelson Duncan; her brother, Harold “Bill” Heaton; and her sisters Josie Ashcraft and Sarah “Pat” Perran.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.
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