Jane D. Weaver

March 17, 1920 ‒ February 25, 2009

Columbus and formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Jane D. Weaver, age 88, of Columbus and formerly of Mount Gilead, died Wednesday afternoon, February 25, 2009, at the Crown Pointe Care Center following an extended illness and battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Bangs, Ohio, on March 17, 1920, the daughter of the late Nelson and Laura (Wilson) Dunham. Jane graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1937.

Shortly following her graduation from high school, Jane married Paul B. Messenger. After living for a short time in Oklahoma and later in New Mexico, he unexpectedly preceded her in death in an automobile accident. Jane then moved herself and their three children back home to Morrow County.

Upon her return to Mount Gilead, Jane began working as a secretary and clerk for the H.P.M. Corporation. After more than ten years living in the Cardington area, Jane then married Floyd Weaver, whom she dearly loved. Together they owned and operated Weaver’s IGA in Fulton for many years. They shared over thirty wonderful years of marriage together, until he preceded her in death.

Avid antique collectors, Floyd and Jane often traveled to the various flea markets in Ohio to buy and sell antiques.

A faithful member of the Fulton United Methodist Church, Jane served her beloved church in many capacities, including arranging countless flower pieces for the altar and serving as their treasurer. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.

Jane was a member of the Twigs at Morrow County Hospital, and was a founding mother of the Cardington Athletic Boosters.

An intelligent woman with countless interests, Jane thoroughly enjoyed all types of music with her favorites being country western, Broadway shows, and the Irish Tenors, a group she traveled to see in person. An avid reader, she truly enjoyed getting wrapped up in a good mystery novel.

Having many talents, Jane was “an outstanding cook” who was famous for her beef and noodles, homemade breads, and cinnamon rolls which evidently are what won over her husband Floyd in the beginning of their relationship. She also enjoyed cooking and canning the many kinds of vegetables she grew in her garden. Also, she was an accomplished quilter, rug maker and seamstress.

Always hard at work, Jane made sure all of the needs of her family and friends were taken care of. She had a tremendously loving and caring nature, and everyone knew they could turn to her for anything. Being “truly devoted to her family,” her children and grandchildren will forever feel blessed for all she had done for them and taught them, and most especially for their love shared.

She will be missed by her daughter, Susan (Dr. Jerome) Tabacca of Columbus; two sons: David (Carol) Messenger of Mississippi, and Phillip (Tracy) Weaver of Louisiana; two step daughters: Gloria Williams of Fulton, and Sandra (Jerry) Crum of Oklahoma; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Messenger of Louisiana; fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson; a brother, Samuel (Alberta) Dunham of Tipp City, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Including her parents and two husbands, Jane was preceded in death by her son, John Messenger; step son-in-law, Robert Williams; two brothers: David and Ned Dunham; a sister, Sally Smith; a step grandson, Brian Crum; and a step granddaughter, Teresa Williams.

Her family will greet friends from Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where services celebrating her life will follow immediately at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Gary Miller. Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.