Jane Murray Fransen, 75, went “Home, Home” to see her blessed Jesus on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Jane was born on June 15, 1938, in Little Rock, Ark. to Richard D. Murray and Virginia Murray. She preferred Tulsa, Okla. as her hometown. She graduated high school in Sacramento, Calif. and returned to Oklahoma to earn her teaching degree from Oklahoma State University in 1961, where she met Gordon Fransen. They were married in January 1961. Three children soon followed, Mark in 1961, Dina in 1962, and Janis in 1964.
The family spent most of their early years in the Panhandle of Texas before settling in Lubbock. There, Jane taught elementary school at P.F. Brown for 25 years. She was also active in church and PTA activities. She was a frequent fan of her daughters’ many sports activities. After her retirement, she felt called of the Lord to go to central Asia, where she spent two years as a teacher and unofficial part-time missionary. She struggled to learn a difficult foreign language, but this was a life-changing experience for her.
Services for Jane Fransen were held at Green Acres Baptist Church in the old Chapel on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, Texas.
Jane is survived by her children, Mark Fransen and wife, Kimberly, of Fort Worth, Dina Fransen of Tyler, and Janis Lewallen and husband, Jerry, of Pittsburg, Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Murray, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; six grandchildren, a great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews and their families.
The family would like to express its deep appreciation to the wonderful people at her church, Heart to Heart Hospice, Meals on Wheels of East Texas, and her dear friends, Connie Wheeler and Cindy Burton and family. The family suggests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Meals on Wheels of East Texas in honor of Jane.