Jane L. Haines, age 96, formerly of Middletown, Ohio, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on October 15, 2023. She was born December 22, 1926, along with her twin sister, Jean, in Lima, Ohio to Raymond and Gladys Smith. Jane was a graduate of Lima South High School where she received an education in journalism and secretarial instruction.
Upon graduation Jane worked in the bookkeeping department of the 1st National Bank in Lima. She then moved on to a secretarial position at Western Adjustment & Inspection Co. In September 1949 Jane landed her “dream job” when she became an Executive Secretary to the EVP of Superior Coach Corporation in Lima. Jane prided herself in the professionalism she brought to her work, superb office skills and, most importantly, she held corporate information in strict confidence.
It was her twin sister that led Jane to meet the love of her life when she set Jane up on a blind date with Joe Haines. They married on June 27, 1953. Together they raised two children and ran a successful family business, the Haines Adjusting Company. The family enjoyed countless camping trips, card games and much laughter.
Jane was an active volunteer in the Middletown community and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Middletown, where she served as a church deacon and elder, a member of and soloist in the choir, and a Sunday school teacher. She also devoted countless hours to the Madison High School sports and music booster clubs. Jane was known for her beautiful hospitality and amazing cooking. She was an excellent seamstress, a lifelong reader and wonderful letter writer, a Red’s fan, and a true hand quilter. Jane was always curious and willing to try new things.
Jane and Joe enjoyed nearly 64 years of marriage. They spent their early retirement years traveling the United States with their Airstream trailer in tow. They settled down again in Dade City, Florida, where they became active members of the Traveler’s Rest community and the First Presbyterian Church. The most important thing in Jane’s life was her relationship with Jesus. She exuded His love, strength, compassion and discipleship, which pervaded all aspects of her life, especially her marriage and family. Jane kept books that contained names and prayers of the many people that she prayed for through the years. She strove to bring His light and story to others, either in quiet actions or beautiful conversations, so that they, too, would know the Lord.
She is survived by a son, Bruce J. (Lisa) Haines; a daughter, Robin (Kevin) Hake; grandsons, Ben (Jessica) Haines, Will (Casey) Haines, Colin Hake and Carson Hake and granddaughters Elizabeth (Justin) Perkins, Katie (Spencer Chu) Hake; and nine great-grandchildren. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jean Williams; and her husband, Joseph W. Haines.
Friends and family are welcome to attend a celebration of life at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd (at Bonita Dr.), Middletown, Ohio, on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Visitation begins at 11:30 followed by a service at 12 noon. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
The family is deeply grateful for the beautiful, loving care Jane received during the last years of her life while living at National Church Residences-Harmony Trace in Hilliard Ohio.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to National Church Residences at nationalchurchresidences.org/donate or by mail to National Church Residences Harmony Trace, 3550 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026 or your local Hospice.
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