Born in Mayfield, KY to Ben Keyes and Rebecca Camp Erwin, she excelled at just about everything she tried and even some of the things she never attempted. With grace, wit and charm she could convince you that she had in fact accomplished things in her life that had not even been dreamed of. One of her well documented accomplishments was her Urbandale 4th of July and Iowa State Fair rolling pin throwing championships.
In her life she was a stand in actress for MGM studios, one of Bell Telephone’s finest operators and was one of the most beautiful stewardesses in the Ozark Airline system; Jane was every bit as beautiful inside as she was to her adoring public. Before there was the term “Hockey Mom”, she was a Hockey Mom. She was also a legendary softball coach that left a lasting legacy on her players and many scarred, humbled umpires who dared to question her judgment on calls involving balls and strikes. Additionally, she terrorized and made the administrators and educators in the Urbandale Public School system question their career choices for daring to question the behavior and academic performance of her four semi-angelic children.
She was a mother with a loving, compassionate heart who made it her goal that no one would be lonely or hungry during the holidays. She constantly referred to her home as the Urbandale Home for Wayward Children. But the most memorable gift she had was the ability to make her children laugh every day when there wasn’t always something to laugh about.
She is survived by her four children, John Porter Williams, Jr. of Urbandale, Scott Erwin Williams of Council Bluffs, Rebecca Ann Seyb of Fountain Hills, AZ and Leigh Annette Williams of Urbandale, as well as two brothers, Jack and Mike of Ann Arbor, MI. Above everything else, her greatest joy came from her grandchildren, Melissa Jane Williams and Adam Williams of Fairhope, AL, Chloe Victoria and Quinn Elizabeth Dawlabani of Phoenix, AZ, Porter Alex Williams of Fargo, ND and Walker Scott Williams of Des Moines, IA.
Jane’s family will receive friends 3- 5:00 pm, Friday, December 26, 2014 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines where a Memorial Service will begin at 5:00 pm. A reception honoring our Mother will be held following the services at The Cottontail Lounge in Urbandale, IA.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Jane’s memory to Mercy Hospice, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA, 50131.
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