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LAFAYETTE - Jane Ann (Hilligoss) Patch, 69, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Franciscan Health Lafayette East following an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 22, 1949, in Anderson, to Orville and Ethel Mae (Washburn) Hilligoss and has lived in Lafayette for 45 years. Jane Ann was a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, Class of 1967. She received a bachelor's degree from Ball State University in 1971 from where she also received her master's degree.
Jane Ann devoted her life to elementary education, teaching at Cunningham Elementary, Dayton Elementary and Wainwright Middle School for 35 years. She was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association. She loved music and was a skilled pianist. She enjoyed crafts by making them and attending craft shows. Englewood Beach, Florida, was a special place for Jane Ann and she loved road trips as well.
Teaching, tutoring, old movies and her two dogs were beloved parts of her life. Her claim to fame was she made "the best yeast rolls you have ever eaten."
She is survived by her brothers, Sam (Cindy) Hilligoss of Santa Fe, Tennessee, and Steve (Linda) Hilligoss of Camby; nieces and nephews, Jared (Ashley) Hilligoss, Kristin (Josh) Estridge, Cody Hilligoss, CJ Allen, and Angie Hilligoss; great-nieces and nephews, Colbe Hilligoss, Payton Allen, Lexi Allen, Christian Hilligoss, Aiden Hilligoss and Asher Hilligoss.
Jane Ann was preceded in death by her mother in 2000; her father in 2015.
Services honoring Jane Ann's life and legacy will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria. Linda and Steve Hilligoss will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery in Alexandria.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 11 a.m. Friday prior to the services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation through the funeral home or online at https://www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf/.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on March 6, 2018
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