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JACKSON, Jane Ida (Hitchcock)
JACKSON - Jane Ida (nee Hitchcock)
Of Buffalo, NY, suddenly at age 90 at Strong Memorial on July 1, 2018 at 12:45am with her family surrounding her and holding her hands. Jane is survived by her daughters, Carol Hadley and Julie (David) El-Ani; grandchildren Ronny (Lori) Chase, Raven Adrian, David, Taylor and Alex El-Ani and her great-grandchild, Ronny Chase Jr. Jane was predeceased by her husband, Robert (1996) and daughters Diana (Richard) LaBarba (2017) and Susan Hadley (1995). Jane was a waitress for most of her working life and retired from the Towne Restaurant after 20 years in 1993. She was also a longtime member of the Northwest Community Senior Center, an avid pinochle player and lover of animals. Jane was very cosmopolitan and definitely a woman before her time. Orphaned at the age of 13, mom spent her teen years working as a live-in nanny and housekeeper in exchange for room and board. Striking out on her own at 17 she began her career as a waitress while attending her senior year in high school. A single mother, most of her "mom" years she raised four daughters solely on a waitress pay. She rarely did anything nice for herself or went anywhere. Mom did have a few luxuries she couldn't deny herself and one was her love of roses she grew on Ripley, her best walking buddy Fritz and her many cats. Her other indulgences were her fondness for good coffee, the occasional Scotch and of course, chocolate. The sadness we feel at the end of this life is very heavy. Time may heal all wounds but we will never forget those things mom taught us. She taught us red lipstick never goes out of style and along with earrings mom never left the house without them. Pay your bills before you buy groceries, establish credit in your name, be honest and tell the truth. She also taught us the joy of having pets and how to lovingly let them go. She demonstrated to us that when the world just won't give you a break you need to get back up and take that one important step forward. Mom can best be summed up by the words of Julie at age 14, "I'm so proud of you mom, you're the strongest woman I know." By the time you read this if there is such a place, mom is at the gates of heaven wanting to know where the coffee is. For their sake, I sure hope it's fresh. We wish to sincerely thank all the staff at the Buffalo General ER, ICU and the nursing staff who celebrated mom's 90th birthday with her, the staff at St. John's Nursing home in Rochester and lastly, the ER and medical staff led by Dr. Conrad David Gleber at Strong Memorial for their thoughtful care of mom. Should you wish to honor mom's life as we do, please make a donation in her memory to the Erie County SPCA. Forever and always we love you mom. Rest in peace.