Jane Robbins Ford, 73

March 28, 1949 - January 18, 2023

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Jane Robbins Ford

New Albany – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..” (2 Timothy 4:7) describes the life and faith of Jane Robbins Ford. Her journey to heaven was completed on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2023, peaceably at her home. She lived a life of service and commitment, over-coming obstacles and courageously fighting cancer for twenty years; always reflecting an example of Christian discipleship, while devotedly loving her family and friends.
The daughter of Irene Coffey and Loyd Robbins, she was born on March 28, 1949. A graduate of West Union Attendance Center, she was an All-State basketball player for three years. A high school beauty, she was crowned “Most Beautiful” in the ninth grade and later again in the eleventh. Her contagious spirit made her a class favorite. Throughout her life she was interested and involved with sports. She was privileged to judge beauty pageants for many years across Mississippi.
After graduation she attended Northeast Community College, and later after the birth of her son, she continued her education at the University of Mississippi receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church having served as a Sunday School teacher, Director of “The Flock” and President of the Buzzy Clayton Sunday School Class. She served on many councils and the Administrative Board, and dearly loved her church family and activities surrounding the church.
Jane was passionate about all community and civic activities, serving as President of New Albany Garden Club, New Albany Beautification Committee and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a culinary artist with her delicious cooking and baking for her family and friends. Spending time and enjoying activities at Pickwick were some of her happiest moments. Jane was a person of many talents and always thoroughly dedicated and enjoyed her many creative interests.
Her husband, of forty-one years wrote so eloquently describing his beloved wife..
“She is the sunshine of my life! She is MeMe to the grands. She is the New York City shopper and lover of plays. She loves Paris at night with her friends and their late dinners wearing mink. She is the beautiful southern blonde skiing the Swiss and Austrian Alps. She is a great athlete that plays to win. She is a Christian and lives her faith. She is a friend to many and always honors their privacy.” This is her legacy.
Those left to cherish her memory of a life well-lived, her husband, Will R. Ford. Her sons, Brent Whiteside (Shena Brewer), Chris Ford (Paige) and Clint Ford (Angela). Her grandchildren, Megan Whiteside Gregory (Dalton), Lauren Whiteside, Luke Whiteside, Keegan Whiteside, Alton Ford, GeorgeAnna Ford, Cullen Ford, Cooper Ford, Sumner Ford and Mya Ivey.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Doctor Timothy Prather and Reverend Tom Potter. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall and again on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Luke Whiteside, Alton Ford, Cooper Ford, Cullen Ford, Sumner Ford, Dalton Gregory, and a special friend, James Manly.
The Men’s Night Out Group will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
United Funeral Service of New Albany is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements. For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

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