Jane Pennington Livesey died in Pagosa Springs, Colo., on Jan. 4, 2012, following a 20-month battle with brain cancer.
She was born in Greeley, Colo., on Sept. 19, 1954, to Dean and Carol Pennington. She is survived by her father and stepmother, Dean and Wanda Pennington of Bloomington, Ind., a brother, George, her loving husband of 38 years, Graham, three daughters — Sarah Morrison and her husband Hugh and their three children, Rebecca, Aidan and Leah, Emma Fullilove, her husband Chris and their daughter, Clara, and Rachel White and her husband Marshall and their daughter, Lily — as well as many other relatives.
Much of Jane’s early life was spent overseas, primarily in Guatamala and Tripoli, Libya, where she attended the Oil Company School, then Wheelus AFB High School before moving with her parents back to their home in Indiana in 1970, graduating from Bedford High School in 1972. In 1972, while visiting her parents in Lagos, Nigeria, she met her husband-to-be, Graham. She and Graham were married on Jan. 5, 1974, in Bloomington, Ind. They lived in Italy through most of 1974, then moved to Calgary, Alberta, until 1980, where their two oldest daughters were born. In 1980, they moved to Denver, where their youngest daughter was born. The family moved to Houston in 1989 and Jane and Graham were visiting their youngest grandchild in Colorado at the time of Jane’s death.
After bringing up her children, Jane became a nurse, and worked fifteen years as an operating room nurse. She was planning to become a geriatric nurse practitioner, and nursing instructor and received her M.S. in nursing from University of Texas three months after her diagnosis with brain cancer.
A Memorial Service will be held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas, at 1 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 14. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org/donate or they can be mailed to: National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472.