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Jones - Walker Funeral Chapel in Commerce (Tx)
Thursday October 21st, 2021
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Jones - Walker Funeral Chapel in Commerce (Tx)
Thursday October 21st, 2021
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Jane Walvoord

Jane Walvoord, 75, passed away in Richardson on Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021. She led an extraordinary life both in Dallas and New York City, where she was a beloved mother, sister, and friend. She helped many people in her life - friends, family, and patients - and her greatest passion was her understanding that, "Everyone is always doing the best they can." She loved her cats like they were her own children, and instead of having a green thumb, she truly had 10 green fingers and 10 green toes.

She was born in Dallas, Texas on October 13, 1946, the youngest daughter of Joe Bailey Currin and Opal Evelena Miller. She attended North Dallas High School and graduated from Southern Methodist University with honors in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She graduated from Columbia University in 1975 with a Master of Science in Social Work degree (MSSW). Her amazing drive can be seen in her determination to succeed academically, as she achieved her goals while raising her first born daughter without child support. She did her internship at Long Island Jewish Hillside Psychiatric Hospital. Later, in 2004, she was one of the first people to become a Psychoanalyst accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association with a master's degree in Social Work, .

Jane is survived by her children, Marjorie Jeanne Keith, Currin Jane King, and Allison Elise Walvoord; her son-in-laws, Robert Bubba Keith, Travis Patrick King, and Patrick Douglas Edward Reed; her grandchildren, Nickolas Mehl, Mia Insuaste, John Ryan King, Roslyn Marie King, Akira Marie King, and Mayla Lynn Reed Walvoord; her sisters and half brother, Merry Gale Johnston, Judith Susan Crelia, Kathryn Carol Norwood, and Bob Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Jane is preceded in death by her father, Joe Bailey Currin; her mother, Opal Miller Currin Davis; and her brother, Adrian Bailey Currin.

Visitation for Ms. Walvoord will be from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in the Jones-Walker Funeral Chapel located at 1209 Live Oak Street in Commerce, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Terry Bryan officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Cumby City Cemetery, with Timothy Norwood, Joshua Norwood, Jeff Johnston, Carter Johnston, Nickolas Mehl, and Patrick Reed serving as pallbearers. Craig Van Ryswyk will be an honorary pallbearer.

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Jane was so loved by her neighbors in Sherman. She had so many beautiful plants! We named her "Jungle Jane".
I will always remember her. It was a blessing to be her friend.

Elsie Hulstine Nov 1 2021 10:43 PM

So sorry for your loss. Jane was a very special person! We met here in Sherman, living across from her. We started calling her "Jungle Jane" , and she in turned introduced us to all her "Jungle family" that came by. She will be missed!!!

Kristina Lee Nov 1 2021 10:25 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Jane was an amazingly talented, bright, savvy and lively woman who I liked right away when we met in Portland, Oregon after she moved here and became part of the Oregon Psychoanalytic community. She was an enthusiastic member of the Psychoanalytic community; she hosted visiting faculty in her home, hosted educational events in her home and extended her graciousness to everyone she met.
We lost a very special person and a good psychoanalyst when Jane decided to move back to Dallas to be closer to her children. I missed Jane when she left and I am very sad now to learn of her passing.

Kathy Reicker Oct 26 2021 11:04 PM

So sorry for your loss. May the arms of JESUS hold y'all tight. North Dallas of '66'

Sally Kelly Ward Oct 21 2021 9:09 AM

So sorry for your loss, though I know you have the arms of Jesus around you! I pray you have the Peace of God that surpasses understand, while you go through this. You will get there, in spite of the sorrow. There's no loss like a mother. Love you lots and praying for you and your family!!

Beverly Storey Oct 20 2021 8:04 PM

Prayers for all of you with love. So sorry I will not be able to attend the service. I always enjoyed talking to Jane.

Nan Walvoord Oct 20 2021 8:01 PM

Jane and I first bumped into each other in 2001 or 2002 via an early social media operation run by the New York Times. She was smart and funny and I liked her right away. We began a correspondence about books and film and politics and ideas and, of course, about our children and families. We met once at a gathering of people from that social media site and we became fast friends. I had no idea until that point how beautiful and capitvating she was. In 2003, after she'd moved to New York to begin her psychoanalytic practice, I was in New York to attend an opera performance at Carnagie Hall featuring my niece Megan Latham. It was during this visit that Jane and I fell head over heels in love and she invited me to move to New York. It was a complicated decision. I discussed it with my daughter, now 20, and her mother who was living on Long Island and with friends. They all said, "Of course you should". I never regretted that decision other than regarding the upset I know was entailed for Jane's family, regrets that will always be with me.

But during that time in New York I had the utter delight of getting to spend many days with Jeanne and Currin and Alison. That continued in Portland and in Texas and continues now. I love these three ladies with all my heart. Indeed, I love the entire family and count myself incredibly fortunate and blessed to have entered their odd and amazing world. Jane met all my surviving family here in British Columbia and one for one, everyone loved her. We were married by a Justice of the Peace in Greenwich. There were three guests in our wedding party; two of Jane's longtime NY friends and my first wife, Lea. Jane and Lea too became close friends, perhaps in part because they were both five foot nothing in height, petite of frame, smart and vivacious. In contrast to Jane's Freudian notions, very unlike my own mother, a classically chubby Mennonite woman who also would have loved Jane and her girls very much.

My years with Jane, first in New York, then in Portland and finally in Texas were among the happiest and most exciting of my life. She was so talented in so many ways, so much fun (most of the time) and so challenging (very often) that I would have had to be nearly fully unconscious to not be happy in her company.

There will be no portion of the rest of my life when I do not miss Jane.

Bernie Latham Oct 20 2021 6:20 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Jeanne. I only met her briefly but though her a gem. Cherish the memories. She lives on in the hearts and memories of each of you.

Stephen Godfrey Oct 20 2021 5:31 PM

I so wish I could be there. Please know that Jane was loved by her elementary through high school classmates. She will be remembered fondly.

Arlene Colbert Oct 19 2021 9:35 PM

I so wish I could be there. I have a doctor's appointment that I can't re-schedule. Please know that Jane was loved by her classmates from elementary through high school and will be fondly remembered.

Arlene Colbert Oct 19 2021 9:32 PM