May 29, 1947 - July 18, 2020
Jane Leigh Merrifield-Gidner, 73, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. She was born as Janet Roberta Williams on May 29, 1947 in Charlotte, the child of Jacob and Maxine Williams. At the age of four, she and her brother, Richard, were adopted by John Rex and Fanny Minnetta (Dennis) Gidner, and her name changed to Jane Leigh Gidner. The Gidner's operated a working farm, and Jane grew up working hard with her family, and developed a deep respect for the 4H program. She attended Potterville High Schools until rezoning moved her to Charlotte Schools, where she graduated in 1966. In her younger years, before children, she worked as a certified nurses aid, and in fact cared for her parents for many years. Once her children arrived, she took an active role with their studies and interests, including volunteering with the 4H program and Campfire. In her spare time, she loved traveling and a good hot tub. Many will remember her for her 18 years at McDonald's in Potterville, where she served as the lobby lady and enjoyed greeting and visiting with her many friends in the community. She was a member of two chapters of the Red Hat Society, and also enjoyed following the Senior Center dancing circuit. Since a child, Jane lived a deeply Faith-filled life and was a member of New Hope Community Church in Charlotte. Above all, she loved her family and her children and grandchildren. In fact, after her debilitating stroke, she spent the last 18 months of her life under the care of her daughter, Martha, at the family home lovingly referred to as the commune. She also received constant support from her countless dear friends and family. Jane is survived by her children, Martha (Terry) Bryant, John Merrifield, Jack (Benita) Merrifield; grandchildren, Steven Bryant, Michael Bryant, Hunter Merrifield, Angel Merrifield, Arianna Beedy, and their mother, Tara Ankney; her foster children, Tara Siler, Sean Brady, and Troy Brady; siblings, William, Susan, Mary, Marsha, Marvin, Cheryl, and Jake; many nieces and nephews; and several very dear friends. She was predeceased by her first love and spouse of 22 years, Phillip Merrifield; her grandson, Joshua Bryant; her birth and adopted parents; and her siblings, Richard, Michael, John, Geri, Judy, and James. Friends are encouraged to support Jane's family by attending a tented visitation at Pray Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m. with Pastors Victor Williams and Chuck Jenson officiating. In keeping with Jane's wishes, the family invites any of Jane's Red Hat Sisters to come dressed in their regalia. Services will conclude with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery. In keeping with current social distancing requirements, there will be no public reception following. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ronald McDonald House. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jane on her Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Jane Leigh Merrifield-Gidner, 73, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. She was born as Janet Roberta Williams on May 29, 1947 in Charlotte, the child of Jacob and Maxine Williams. At the... View Obituary & Service Information
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