November 15, 1938 – October 3, 2019
Jane Adams Shearer Calhoun (80), loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, friend and longtime educator passed away on October 3, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
Jane will be remembered as a loving, devoted, caring and woman full of wit who undoubtedly loved her husband of 48 years, Stayton “Pete” Calhoun. Having no children of her own, Jane was a chosen godmother to several who she commonly referred to as “her children”. Her “children” had mutual admiration for her.
Jane was the first daughter of five children to the late Angus T. and Annabelle Kramer Shearer born on Nov. 15, 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended public school in Tulsa and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. Later, she graduated with a Masters in Theology from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin where she was one of the first two women admitted to this seminary. During seminary, she spent a semester as a chaplain at a women’s prison in southern California.
A devoted educator, Jane spent nearly 40 years pouring her heart and soul to teaching children of all ages and backgrounds to whom she left an everlasting impact. In her early years, she taught at schools in Sand Springs and Guthrie, OK, and Wichita, KS.
Following seminary, she taught 10 years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, where she also served as the house mother at the girls’ dormitory for some of that time. In 1980, she began her teaching tenure at AISD as a special education teacher at Johnston High School and later O’Henry Middle School until her retirement in 2002.
Upon retirement from teaching, Jane continued to impact children as a private tutor. She also found joy as a regular volunteer at St. David’s Episcopal Church retail mission store, Next to New. Her consistent dedication and unwavering attitude landed her a paid position as the volunteer coordinator, which she held for several years.
In addition to her parents, Jane is preceded in death by her older brother, Andy Shearer, sister, Molly Bragg Lackey, sister-in-law, Sandra Calhoun Davis and nephew, David Lackey.
She is survived by her brother, Frank (Ruth) Shearer of Dammeron Valley, UT; sister, Maryann Shearer Calle of Medellin, Colombia; sister-in-law, Marilyn Shearer of Salt Lake City, UT; brother-in-law, Danny Lackey of Tulsa, OK; brother-in-law, Micky (Orfa) Davis of Austin, Texas; nephews Michael, Dave and Steven Shearer and Wesley Lackey; nieces Lizzy Studer, Melissa Betke, Rebecca Kreillaus and Jennifer Caine; as well as numerous gran nieces and nephews, cousins, godchildren and dear friends.
A service honoring Jane’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St., Austin, TX 78701. Honorary pallbearers are: Chris Geck, Christopher Whitehurst, Darren Wicker, Dean Studer, Todd Bredbenner, Todd Kurio and Travis Whitehurst.
Pete acknowledges the generous skilled nursing staff at Brookdale Spicewood Springs for their tremendous care of Jane while she lived there. He also acknowledges the love and support from several godchildren, Amy Kurio, Darren Wicker and Sarah Tomlinson, during Jane’s final weeks and after her passing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church, The Next to New Consignment Shop or KLRU-TV Austin local PBS station.
- Chris Geck, Honorary Pallbearer
- Christopher Whitehurst, Honorary Pallbearer
- Darren Wicker, Honorary Pallbearer
- Dean Studer, Honorary Pallbearer
- Todd Bredbenner, Honorary Pallbearer
- Todd Kurio, Honorary Pallbearer
- Travis Whitehurst, Honorary Pallbearer
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St Davids Episcopal Church
304 E. 7th Street
October 13, 2019
Dear Pete, so many fond memories of the time when you and Jane were part of our lives. YOU both brought laughter to whatever you were part of. Our sympathy to you upon your loss of dear Jane. She made such a difference in so many people's lives.
With our best regards ., Maline and Dudley McCalla
October 12, 2019
Mrs Calhoun was a wonderful friend and confidant for those of us who felt cloistered away at SSS. Her laugh and superb sense of humor bring a smile to my face just remembering.
October 8, 2019
Remembering Jane for her outstanding kindness and caring for her family and friends and all she touched in her life. God speed dear friend.
October 4, 2019
So very glad our education journeys crossed at O. Henry M.S. She had an amazing spirit to help all that came her way. Her sassy wit would light up my day. Her faith helped me through the passing of my mother, even speaking at her memorial service for me - reading the 23rd Psalm, at my mother's request. There was not a day that would go by that Jane didn't stand by an educator in need or a precious student guiding their learning or bringing comfort to their soul. RIP, Jane with love and a thank you!
October 4, 2019
I first knew Jane at Johnston High School. She was very helpful to me. Then when I ended up at O.Henry, she was there. She was a positive but truthful person. Her wit will be missed.