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Virginia Ann Lane

Obituary for Virginia Ann Lane

October 22, 1932 - September 10, 2016
Austin, Texas | Age 83

She will most certainly be missed


Virginia Ann von Rosenberg Lane, born October 22, 1932, died Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Bee Cave Texas at the age of 83.

Virginia Ann was born in a little house on West Lynn in Austin to loving parents Ralph William von Rosenberg and Eula Irene Myers von Rosenberg. The family soon moved to the rich farmlands east of Austin known as Govalle where her family raised peanuts and chickens. Virginia Ann had a love of animals, especially the chickens she helped tend and her baby deer. She attended her first year of school at Govalle Elementary. The family then moved to Hyde Park, then the outskirts of Austin. The family joined the little Baptist church a few blocks away from their home. Virginia Ann continued growing as did their little church, Hyde Park Baptist. While living in Hyde Park, Virginia Ann attended Baker Elementary School, University Junior High School, and Austin High School. Later in life she used to tell her children that she got so tired of writing her long name, Virginia Ann von Rosenberg on her school papers that she decided when she grew up she was going to marry a man with a short nameā€¦and she did just that. She met and eventually married Billy Jack Lane and she began to call herself Ann Lane, though Billy often called her Jenny.

Billy was a member of the US Army Air Corps and then the US Air Force, thus beginning their 26 year military career. JoAnn was their first born followed by Linda Kay. Linda Kay contracted polio and died before her second birthday. David was born a year later followed by John and finally Sheri Sue. They moved several places during their military career including Oklahoma, Japan, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan before coming back home to Austin. They eventually bought their home in what was then far north Austin.

Billy retired from the Air force and began working for the city of Austin. Virginia Ann began new career, working at the Food Service division at AISD. They became active with Hyde Park Baptist church, with Ann working in the nursery while Billy and son, John worked in the audio tape ministry and later helping start up the TV production department. Virginia Ann also worked in the fellowship hall kitchen alongside her Mother Eula and her Aunt Nina, but all the while continued working in the nursery. She loved the babies. She had a special touch that would calm a crying child. Everyone looked up to her because she was the personification of Christ's love for children above all else. Eventually she helped Billy Jack with his Mission to make the very small food Pantry in the church into the almost store sized pantry within the Senior Adult Center. They were almost driven to help those in need, often working long hours acquiring food to hand out to purchasing sometimes out of their own pockets. In addition to the pantry, they delivered ready to eat/heat meals three or four times each week to the home bound. They did this while raising a family, taking care of their home, as well as taking care of senior parents.

Virginia Ann took over the task of raising a Five-and-Dime store Easter Chick given to JoAnn by a friend that turned out to be a duck she called Little Duck. The duck would follow her around the back yard like a puppy while she did her gardening or while hanging up laundry and then getting tucked in every night by her or Billy.

She lost Billy Jack in 2008 followed by daughter, JoAnn who died from Cancer in 2011. Although her heart was broken she never lost her Faith nor her desire to help others. She continued working at the church until she was unable to because of her health.

She did continue going to Senior Memory Facilities singing the old songs of their generations and talking to the severely ill patients with her wonderful group of Sunday School Members.

Virginia Ann is survived by sons David Lane and John Lane, and daughter Sheri Sue Lane and their families.

She adored her Grandchildren, Keith, Matthew, Annalee, Seamus, Matt, Rhiannon, Christi, and Jonathan. She helped raise Matthew and he lived with her and helped care for her most of his life. She also adored her great grandchildren, Sera and Melody.

There will be a visitation at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home located at 3125 North Lamar Blvd. in Austin on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6-8 PM followed by the Funeral Service on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1 PM at Hyde Park Baptist Church located at 3901 Speedway in Austin. Interment will follow at Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville at 3:30 PM.

She never met anyone who didn't have a kind word to say about her, often calling her an angel.
She most certainly will be missed.

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