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Jan McLane

October 24, 1923 — March 17, 2022

Jan McLane


Janet (Jenny) Ross McLane, 98, of Arcola, IL passed away on March 17, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola, IL.   Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Arcola. Father Angel Sierra will officiate.

Jan was born on October 24, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the daughter of James Blair and Jessie (Henderson) Blair. She married Tom McLane on November 28, 1945, in Glasgow, Scotland. They were happily married for 71 years and 9 months. They had 4 sons: Michael (Kathy) McLane of Corvallis, OR, Brian McLane of Tempe, AZ, Jim (Jodi) McLane of Arcola, IL, and Tommy (Peggy) McLane of Mattoon, IL; as well as an honorary son Joe (Sharon) Hood of Pesotum, IL. Jan was blessed to enjoy 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, her husband, a son (Tommy), and a grandchild (Heather).

Jan had a close relationship with God, so her family knows that she has been reunited with the love of her life. For that, they celebrate. Jan was a very brave young woman while serving in the civil defense during WWII and an even braver mother of her 4 McLane boys. She always enjoyed looking out her kitchen window and seeing her backyard filled with kids. She was able to enjoy that for 4 generations. In fact, you may have seen her outside running around the yard with her great- grandchildren. She took advantage of every minute that she had to rock them as babies, play with them as kids, and guide them as adults. Jan moved to Arcola in 1946, but she maintained her Scottish citizenship for her 98 years. This was something she was very proud of, and her family shares her pride.

As proud as her family was to call her “theirs,” the pride that she had for her family was unbeatable. She was quick to defend her family in public but teach them in private. The lessons that her family has learned are endless, as she was a great teacher of life. She taught them to be prideful yet humble, how to be brave and dance and laugh even when life was difficult, how to respect others, how to stand up for themselves in an honorable way, and a lot about Scotland and Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. In addition to spending time with her family, Jan enjoyed working in the school lunchroom, spending time at the library, and walking around Arcola. This Mother, Grandma, and Old Nana will forever live in the hearts and memories of her cherished family.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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