Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jane Bowman Stuckey

Here's the obituary for Jane Bowman Stuckey, my grandmother. She was an incredibly smart, and funny woman who lived a really interesting life. We will definitely miss her.

Jane Bowman Stuckey passed away peacefully in her home on February 27, 2015 in Austin, Texas at the age of 91.
She is survived by her children Dr. Barbara Beckman and her husband Dr. Edwin Beckman of New Orleans, Louisiana; Holly Brandt, and her husband Dr. Thomas Brandt of Austin, Texas; her son and his wife Jay and Ira Stuckey of Houston, Texas; her 6 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James H. Stuckey.
She was born to the late Esther and Glen Bowman on September 5, 1923 in Highland Park, Illinois. At the age of six, her family moved near Harlingen to help her grandfather with his citrus orchards. In 1940, she graduated from Harlingen High School where she played the piccolo in the marching band. She attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans before returning to the Valley where she met and married her late husband, James H. Stuckey in 1942.
At the time of their marriage, Jim Stuckey was a radio operator with Pan American Airlines. When an opportunity to transfer to South Africa came along, Jane talked Jim into it. They spent several years there before moving to Houston in 1951.
After moving to Houston, she became an avid golfer. She remained a voracious reader throughout her life. She especially enjoyed reading the Man Booker selections each year when they were announced. She was always aware of current events, and impressed her grandchildren with her sharp mind and knowledge of the world. Jane considered herself to be a ‘birder’ who traveled the world looking at exotic birds. 
There will be a private family celebration of Jane’s life in Houston. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Austin Hospice at 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759 or a charity of your choice that reflects Jane’s love of birds and nature. The family would like to thank Hospice Austin for their care and support during this difficult time.