Jane (Rice) Pickren

Born: Fri., Dec. 12, 1930
Died: Wed., Aug. 5, 2015


Visitation

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 07, 2015
Location: Vidalia Chapel


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 08, 2015
Location: First United Methodist Church of Vidalia


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Mrs. Jane Rice Pickren, age 84, of Vidalia died Wednesday morning, August 5, 2015 at Community Hospice of Vidalia after a brief illness.  

Jane was a native and lifelong resident of Vidalia.  She was a dedicated elementary school teacher, chosen Teacher of the Year for Lyons Elementary School and Toombs County School System in 1980.    During her teaching career she was a member of the Classroom Teachers Organization, PTA, GAE and NEA; was Chairman of the Textbook Committee; and served on the elementary accreditation committee.  

Jane’s faith in God and church family was also very important to her as she was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Vidalia. She was a member of United Methodist Women since the 1950’s, where she previously served as President, Nominations Chairman, and Coordinator of Christian Global Concerns.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church Council on Ministries, the Administrative Board and many other positions throughout the church.  She was a member and former teacher of Teenie Rountree Sunday School class.

Jane also was very active and supported numerous civic organizations.  She was a member of the Vidalia Pilot Club, where she was chosen as Pilot of the year in 1989 and 1994; she also served as the editor of the Pilot Club newsletter for eight years.  She served as secretary of the 1990 Vidalia Centennial Corporation and volunteered for Salvation Army Food Closet and Thrift Store, Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Appeal, the Leukemia Society of America, and the American Heart Association. She was a trustee for Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts and Altama Museum and was on the Board of Directors for Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts.  In 1995, she was named the “Woman of the Year” for Vidalia.

She is survived by five daughters, Madolyn Bryant (Ron) of Kansas City KS, Louise Rushing (Dan) of Atlanta, Linda Newton (Rodney) of Millen, Cindy Clinch (Steve) of Omaha NE, and Dawn Carlson (Paul) of Atlanta; four siblings, Leba Goode (Glenn) of Vidalia, David Rice (Carol) of Vidalia, Allen Rice (Nancy) of Vidalia and Claudia Walton (Mike) of Vidalia; eight grandchildren, Alex Bryant, Ross Bryant, Matthew Newton (Julie), Michael Newton (Ellie), Mark Newton, Sam Clinch, Steven Carlson and Conner Carlson; and two great-grandchildren, Jasper and Dewey Newton.   Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jane Rice Pickren will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church of Vidalia with Reverend Robert Greene and Jose Caraballo officiating.  Interment will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vidalia First United Methodist Church, Community Hospice, Magnolia Springs State Park, or the charity of your choice.

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.  

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Diane Stripling
   Posted Wed August 05, 2015
Mrs. Janes was a wonderful woman and will greatly be missed. I was one of her 5th grade students at Lyons Elementary many years ago. She always remembered her students from long ago. My prayers and thoughts are with her family during this time.

Diane Stripling

Talley Brownell
   Posted Wed August 05, 2015
My great honor and pleasure to have known Ms. Jane in the United Methodist Women's
local and Dublin District. She will be truly missed by all. I am so happy our path's
crossed.

Greg and Mary James
   Posted Wed August 05, 2015
We were so sorry to hear about Ms. Jane. She was an outstanding and precious lady. Whether it was at church or out in the community she never failed to come up and ask how we were doing. And what an outstanding family she has. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gail Pierce
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Such an awesome lady that I first loved as her student at LES. As an adult was blessed to get to know her better when I became a part of the Bailey family next door. Always appreciated her dedication to the Bailey's and her love for my children, Leslie and Zade. I never saw her that I wasn't blessed with a big hug!!! Prayers for all of you as you deal with your loss....

Karen Moseley Sumner
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Oh my, what a wonderful lady our Mrs. Taylor was to all of her former students. I dearly loved her to this day. I loved running into her in town and expressing my love and appreciation to her, and she always seemed to remember me too! Thank you all so much for sharing her with us!

Lisa Smith
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
What a blessing to have been one of her many students and a life she touched. Prayers for the family.

Wendell and Linda Harvey
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Leba we are so sorry to hear about Jane. We know you will miss her.
She lived a long, full, and rewarding life !! do you think she and your
mother are organizing a Heavenly Committee already?
Love and prayers..Psalms 116:15

Julie Tepp
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Tepp Family.

Jane's best legacy is the beautiful souls she contributed to this earth. You all are in our hearts and minds today. Love, your Atlanta Arts Festival Family


Trent Akins
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Mrs Taylor, as I knew her was my teacher in elementary school. I am sure she taught me a lot, but what I remember the most about her was she was someone fun to be around and just plain nice.

Donna Ann Gay Darley
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Dear Family,
I was one of Miss Jane's fifth grade students at Lyons Elementary. She was my very favorite teacher, and being an educator myself, I've connected with many teachers over the years! She was such a beauty in my eyes. I loved her clothes. She was always dressed and fixed to perfection. When she walked in front of that classroom, she had our entire interest and devotion. She had a voice that I can still hear in my mind right now. She was a great influence in my life. I took piano lessons once a week during P.E. time. One day, when I returned to class a little early before the other students came back, she asked me to come sit down beside her. We had a little personal conversation about an issue that she knew I was having. The guidance she gave me that day and her encouraging words, I have held in my heart for over 50 years. I believe that little conversation changed my life and made me a better person. She was more than just a teacher, she genuinely cared for each of us. I always loved running into her about town and getting that sweet, familiar hug. I am thankful that I had the chance many years later to tell her how much our conversation that day changed my life. She loved her students, she loved her girls, and she approached everything she did with a passion. She influenced many lives, and I am thankful to have been one of them. My prayers are with her dear family. Madolyn, Linda, and Louise...you have always had a special place in my heart. God bless you all.

Lancope Learning and Development Team
   Posted Fri August 07, 2015
Paul's team mates here at Lancope wish to express our condolences. Paul speaks highly of Ms. Pickren, and we share in your grief. Know that are thoughts and prayers are with you.

Regards,
Teresa Lubeck, Jill Griffin, Vickie Booth, Ben Clay, Stan Weaver, Judy Flanagan, Arnold Murray

BONNIE BAILEY
   Posted Fri August 07, 2015
I WILL MRS JANE SO MUCH .... SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT LADY AND SOMEONE I HAVE LOOKED UP TO AND RESPECTED. WHEN I MOVED HOME 14 YEARS AGO TO TAKE CARE OF MR BAILEY NEXT DOOR SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE WHEN I NEEDED HER. I WILL MISS HAVING HER NEXT DOOR BUT I KNOW SHE IS STILL LOOKING OVER ALL OF US. I SO ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH HER THREEE DAUGHTERS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON EACH OF YOU REMIND ME OF MRS JANE ... MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.

Patricia Williams(Underwood)
   Posted Fri August 07, 2015
Madolyn, and family.
I am saddened to hear of Ms. Jane leaving us. I will always remember her with great fondness, as well as Mr. Gene and Mr. Tim. She often told me how much she appreciated friends I sent her to when we stopped growing onions. I first met your parents when I worked at Davey's and I can still her the creak of the chair Mr. Gene sat in when he would visit. My thoughts and prayers are with you, I am sorry I didn't know of this sooner.

Patricia Williams

Jackie Castleman
   Posted Fri August 07, 2015
The last time I saw Jane, I wasn't aware of her sickness, so the news that she was in hospice came as a real shock. The years have flown since I first met Jean & Jane Taylor sometime in the mid- to late-sixties! All through the years I found her to be a woman of faith, a woman faithful to her family (Taylor & Pickren), and a fun-filled friend to a host of people. Her memory will live on through the stories that can be shared by many whose lives she touched in countless positive ways! Rest in the glories of heaven, my friend, for you surely deserve it!

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