Jane O. Voorhies obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Jane O. Voorhies

August 15, 1921 - April 1, 2015

Obituary


Our family lost a unique member yesterday with the passing of Jane Orr Voorhies—“Maw.” Born to Taylor and Jenny Parks Orr August 15, 1921 in Lancaster, Texas as one of 10 children, she spent her early years there until moving with her husband John and their two children to Lamar Co. in 1955 to continue their dairy business.



Over the years, her hands came to reflect the hard labor of a dairyman's wife, and over time, those same hands also became known for their versatility and creativeness. She could sew and stitch with any...

Our family lost a unique member yesterday with the passing of Jane Orr Voorhies—“Maw.” Born to Taylor and Jenny Parks Orr August 15, 1921 in Lancaster, Texas as one of 10 children, she spent her early years there until moving with her husband John and their two children to Lamar Co. in 1955 to continue their dairy business.



Over the years, her hands came to reflect the hard labor of a dairyman's wife, and over time, those same hands also became known for their versatility and creativeness. She could sew and stitch with any professional around and, at the age of 70, took up oil & ceramic painting. She learned to create beautiful glass work, some of which the family treasures now, and will treasure always. Although dementia robbed her of her creativity over the last 15 years of her life, she could remember almost to the end the old gospel hymns she learned as a young lady singing in the choir in Lancaster.



She was “one-of-a-kind". With a medical doctor for a grandfather, she considered hard work a virtue, independence a necessity and appreciation for life’s aesthetics a joy.



“Maw” escaped the struggles of this life on April 1, 2015, at Brentwood Terrace after a long battle with dementia and gradually failing health. The R. N. who pronounced her death said it well: “We were all blessed by having known her.”



She was preceded in death by her parents, by three brothers and four sisters, by her husband John Hal, by her only son, Dwight Curtis, and by one grandson, Michael Ashley Millsap.



She is survived by two sisters Kathryn Rose of Richardson and Nancy Hadock of Moore, Oklahoma, by her daughter Nancy Millsap and husband Jim of the Caviness community and by two grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of the Irving area. To those of us she leaves behind, she’ll be absent from our presence, but never absent from our hearts.



The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM Friday, April 3rd at Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Saturday, April 4th at Rawlins Cemetery, Lancaster, with Rev. Jim Millsap officiating.