Lebanon Reporter


April 10, 2013

Jane Perkins Bushfield

Memorial services for Jane Perkins Bushfield, a native and former resident of Lebanon, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jane Bushfield, 90, went home to live with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at her home in Marble Falls, Ark.  

Jane was born to William and Elizabeth Milliken Virtue in Lebanon, on June 16, 1922.

She graduated from Lebanon High School and worked at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis before marrying Robert Shepherd Perkins on Dec. 1, 1945. They lived their married life in Lebanon and the surrounding area.

Jane was a stay-at-home mom and gardened and canned food from the garden. She enjoyed friendships from the Home Economics Club she belonged to in the Granville Wells school district. It was at this time while living on the Conservation farm, she learned to drive a car for the first time.

After the death of her husband, Bob in 1958, she raised her children and lived on Social Security until the youngest child started school. She then worked in the school cafeteria, making the lunch food from scratch. Seeking a better life for the family and getting away from the harsh Indiana winters and milking the cow, she moved the family to Albuquerque, N.M. in 1963. She briefly worked in a school cafeteria there until marrying Carl W. Bushfield on Oct. 18, 1964.

Jane loved to work in the yard and completely transformed the front and backyards of the home into a lovely southwest landscape. She also enjoyed picnicking in the Sandia Mountains and climbing the La Luz Trail to the top of Sandia Mountain, which is a nine-mile hike. Jane and Carl loved to travel in their RVs they owned and traveled to many states. One of their favorite places to go was Arkansas, so after Carl’s retirement they moved out of rapidly-growing Albuquerque to a country retreat in Dogpatch, Ark., in 1994. Jane also enjoyed many types of craft work; she made 40 dresser scarves for the Hospice of the Hills House.

Jane is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; a son, Charles Edwin “Eddie”; and sons-in-law, Chuck Annen and Richard Marmon.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Bushfield; daughters, Judy (Gwin) of Meade, Pam Annen of Missouri, Jeannie Perkins of Colorado and Betty Jo Marmon of New Mexico; sisters, Catherine Topp of California and Margaret Shaneyfelt of Tennessee; brother, Robert Virtue of Indiana; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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