Jane Ellen Hinkle

August 19, 1929April 7, 2019
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Jane Ellen (Mellenbruch) Hinkle passed away peacefully surrounded by her 3 children on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born on August 19, 1929 in McAllen, Texas and lived an abundantly full life of 89 years. She loved San Juan, Texas where she was raised and also raised her 3 children. She and George then moved to McAllen in 1982 where they resided until 2011. After 80 years in their beloved Rio Grande Valley, they relocated to the Hill Country in Marble Falls.

Janie attended Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School and graduated from Southwest Texas Teachers College in San Marcos (now Texas State). It was in San Marcos during college years that Janie met the love of her life, George.

George and Janie moved back to the valley after college and married in 1951. Janie was a first grade teacher for 2 years and kept in touch with those students into adulthood. She then became a full time Mom and homemaker. She was very involved in her children’s activities to include dance, football, basketball, piano, etc. She was the ultimate carpooler and slumber party Mom…..a second Mom to many.

Janie was active in her church life. She served on many church committees, fund raisers and craft fairs. Her main love though, was singing in her church choirs for over 60 years. She especially cherished the cantatas at holiday time.

Janie was also active in her community as a member of La RaVista book club, a Lioness (Lion’s Club), Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, P.E.O. Chapter F McAllen and P.E.O. Chapter IG Marble Falls. In February 2019 she earned her 50 year pin from P.E.O. Janie also enjoyed many couple and ladies’ Bridge groups in McAllen and Marble Falls.

Janie was the perfect hostess, encourager to family and friends and had a strong faith that carried her through life. She was preceded in death by her husband George. She is survived by her children Debbie (Lamar) Smith of Marble Falls, Texas, Lisa (Scott) Little of Andrews, Texas and Chip (D’Ann) Hinkle of Houston, Texas. Grandchildren, Trey and Meredith Hinkle, Chris (Dana) Little, Kyle (Michele) Little, Melissa (Kelly) Brown, Heather (Todd) Smith, Phillip (Rebecca) Fitch, Walker (Kara) Smith, Aaron (Maggie) Smith, Graham (Jennifer) Smith. Great-Grandchildren, Brennan, Caden and Lynnlee Little, Hallie and Hayes Little, Madison and Taylor Smith, Ellie and Joshua Fitch, Parker and Sadie Smith, Jackson and Caroline Smith, Kyler and Keaton Smith.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls, 1101 Bluebonnet, Marble Falls, Texas 78654.


  • Phillip Fitch
  • Kelly Brown
  • Chris Little
  • Kyle Little
  • Trey Hinkle
  • Walker Smith
  • Aaron Smith
  • Graham Smith


  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, April 11, 2019

Jane Ellen Hinkle

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Lou Anne Stiers Bell

April 22, 2019

Dearest Debbie, Lisa and Chip,
Your mother was always such a beautiful and gracious lady ! We join you in celebrating her life. The picture tribute was lovely. We know your parents have always been so proud of you and your families. You will carry on their legacy with the same style and grace. You remain in our hearts and prayers.
Take care, Lou Anne Stiers Bell

Janice Brewster Martinez

April 13, 2019

Dear Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you be comforted with the many beautiful memories you have of your mother. Hugs...

Mary Lou Robles Doeppenschmidt

April 13, 2019

Dear Lisa, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious mother. May God give you and your family peace and comfort, and may Miss Janie Rest In Peace.

Armando Garza

April 10, 2019

I can still see the beautiful couple that Jane and George Hinkle we’re in my mind’s eye. I saw them every weekend without fail at my mother’s restaurant in
San Juan, Texas, Jane’s hometown.
From all of us that were once the spirit and owners of the Hinkle’s favorite restaurant, Garza’s Cafe, we now extend
our sincerest sympathy to the Hinkle family. God Bless All of you in your time of sorrow.

Gina moseley-valdez

April 10, 2019

She was a wonderful lady,very gracious and compassionate. Loved hearing her song in the church choir

Abra Kent

April 10, 2019

Our prayers are with the Hinkle family. It was a blessing to have her as an addition to our Gateway Assisted Living Family. It was truly an honor to care for her in her final days. Her smile was so contiguous. I am blessed by having known her. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Thomas White

April 10, 2019

Mrs. Hinkle was a wonderful person and I will always have great memories of both Mr. and Mrs. Hinkle when I was growing up in McAllen. My condolences to the family.

Bob Dyer

April 9, 2019

May Perpetual Light be upon her and may her soul Rest In Peace. What a wonderful second mom she was to me!
Bob Dyer

Amber Cox

April 8, 2019

If there is one thing that sticks out in my mind most about Janie, it was her smile. I knew Janie for a couple years before her passing and there wasn't a day that she didn't illuminate the room with her radiant grin. I will always remember her as a regal and dignified woman who always seem to spread joy and happiness no matter where she was. I will always carry a memory of her in my heart and cherish the moments I was honored to share with her. Until we meet again, sweet Janie. You will forever be in my heart, you will be forever loved and you will be missed.

- Love Amber Cox & The Cox Family