Jane Ann Couts


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2008

Juneau resident Jane Ann Couts died Jan. 7, 2008, peacefully at home. She was 80.

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She was born Aug. 22, 1927, in Kentucky, but spent most of her life in southern California.

She married her high school sweetheart, Ray E. Couts, in 1946. They made their home in Whittier, Calif., until four years ago, when they moved to Juneau to live with their daughter, Melinda Carr.

The couple loved the beauty of the outdoor wilderness, hiking, camping and sharing their lives with family and friends. Family members said they enjoyed living their final days in Juneau, a peaceful and loving place to be.

She dedicated her life to family, friends and children. After raising her children and devoting endless volunteer hours to the Parent Teacher Association, Sunday school, the Partially Sighted Reading Program and the care of her elderly parents, she pursued her credential in early childhood development. She then taught preschool for 15 years.

She attended the Bridge Adult Day Center, where the staff gave her amazing care, said her daughter.

"Their loving and nurturing care gave Jane purpose and joy to live every day," Carr said. "It was fondly referred to as 'The Club.'"

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Henry and Lucile Glenn; and brothers, James and Joe Glenn.

She is survived by her daughters, Melinda Carr and her husband, Bruce, and Cindy Bessire and her husband, Keith; brother, Charles Glenn and his wife, Neva; brother-in-law, Duane Couts and his wife, Karen; grandchild, Adam Cormany and his wife, Jenna; and great-grandchildren, Michael Sanderson, Wraye Cormany, Lauren-Jane Cormany and her fiancé, Kelly Hulse, Sharie Burnier and her husband, Ron, Austin and Landon Burnier, Brian Bessire and his wife, Jennifer, Carter and Sabrina Bessire, Julie Ruiz and her husband, Michael, and Ethan and Jacob Ruiz.

Gift donations in her name may be made to The Bridge Adult Day Center, 1803 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.

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