On May 15, 2013, Jane R. Colburn peacefully passed away and made her journey to be at home with her Heavenly Father. Janes' life was full and her spirit will live on in all who knew and loved her.
A longtime resident of Sinclairville, Jane was born in Jamestown, N.Y., to Hen-ry and Elizabeth Riley. She had three sisters: Helen, Louise (Lolly) and Mary Ann.
Jane attended the University of Rochester and studied home econom-ics. After graduation she married Will Swanson, also of Jamestown. They ventured to Minnesota to settle and begin their life togeth-er and their careers. Jane worked for many years at the University of Minnesota. While in Minnesota she made several good and true friends. These friendships have endured more than 50 years. Her husband Will succumbed to cancer when their daughter was 8 years old. Jane and her daughter returned to Chautauqua County.
Jane worked for several years with the Cassadaga Valley school system, in the food service department. It was there that she met and married Perry C. Colburn. She worked for many years at SUNY Fredonia. From there she went to Chautauqua in the summers and shared her gift of hospitality and excellence in the culinary arts. Throughout her life she coupled her training and education with an innate ability to cook, bake and entertain. She was an accomplished gourmet cook.
Once she "retired," she continued to delight any-one who tasted her wonderful homemade pies - her crust can never be matched. Jane became fondly known as the "Pie Lady." Her legacy was established in Ft. Myers, Fla., with her scrumptious holiday cook-ies and candies. Throughout her life she found pure joy in taking care of and doing for others.
Jane was an avid bridge player and so enjoyed the strategy of the game. No matter the hand she was dealt, she played the hand to the best of her ability. She did the same with her life. Most who had the opportunity to know and love her knows that she em-braced her life - no matter what the circumstance.
Jane was blessed by many friends who enriched her life. Just as many of her friendships have endured over the years, Jane endured as well always with a positive attitude and strong faith. Her faith was true and gave her much strength. She loved her Lord and en-joyed sharing that love with others.
Near the end of her life, she and her daughter, Susan, were having a conver-sation about Heaven and that God and Jesus were making a special place for her. Jane replied, "I know, it will be beautiful, just beautiful." As we may grieve to know that we will not ever again be able to be with Jane in person, be greeted with that so sweet smile or to taste one of her delicious treats, we must celebrate a life well lived and always know that she lives on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.
Wife of the late Perry C. Colburn, she leaves behind her daughter, Susan L. Swanson; her sister, Mary Ann Benson; brother-in-law, Bob; many nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at the South Stockton Wayside Chapel, 5537 Route 380, Sinclairville, N.Y. on June 29 at 10 a.m.