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Obituary for Jan White

August 4, 1929 - April 15, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 87


Janice (Jan) White, died April 15, 2017, at the age of 87. She was born in Hubbard, Wisconsin August 4, 1929 to Frieda Bartz and Harry McDermott, lived in Clyman, Wisconsin from infancy to age 11. She and her mother moved to Milwaukee at that time, and then she moved to San Diego, California when she was 21. She met and married Lonnie White there in 1955 and their two children were born there. She remained there until she and her family moved to Texas in 1965. She maintained she was one of those who, while not born in Texas, got here as fast as she could.

Jan is survived by her beloved daughters, Lisa Fern and her partner Steve Schuck, Lane Wilson, son-in-law, Paul Wilson; and brother, Doug Riggs. Also surviving her are her precious and beloved grandchildren, Sara Fern and Anthony Wilson, both of whom she adored. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her mother and father, and her brother John Riggs.

Jan was also blessed with a wonderful, loving group of in-laws, including the children and grandchildren of each of them. Her priorities were her Lord, her family, her church, and her friends, particularly those from her TLC group at Redeemer Lutheran Church and the many friends she had made over the 57 years she was in Al-Anon, both in California and Texas.

Jan worked outside the home throughout her adult life until retirement in 1994. She was fortunate to have been in many diversified areas. She maintained, however, that her absolute favorite was her last job, the one from which she retired in 1994. That was with the Travis County District Attorney's office, where she worked for 18 years as Administrative Aide to Ronnie Earle. Jan said all her previous jobs, in three states, ended up being boring and she would begin looking elsewhere, but this position was a new and different challenge every day and she loved it. She laughed about the title, saying it meant she did everything but wash windows, and she was the most non-legal person in the office. She said she was blessed to be surrounded by bright, young people and kept in contact with many of her former co-workers.

Jan's passing leaves a huge void in the hundreds of lives she touched with her compassion, joy and wit. She once said, "I've been pretty happy being me, most of my life."

A memorial will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Anderson Lane, followed by a reception at the church. Jan indicated she would like her friends and family to meet there to celebrate her life and to share memories, but only the happy ones because this is a joyful time and to remember her joy at now being with her Lord.

Cremation is being handled by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Jan would appreciate donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

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Austin, TX 78705
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