Emma Jane Herrmann Myers, 93, died Dec. 17, 2018, in Jackson, Mich.
Jane was born on Jan. 17, 1925, the sixth child of Albert and Grace Smith Herrmann of Wauseon, Ohio. Her mother died in childbirth when Jane was six years old. Growing up in the Depression without a mother, Jane developed a strength, self-reliance, and deep love of family that were her hallmarks for more than nine decades.
Jane married Rolland Myers of Waldron, Mich., on June 20, 1942. They lived happily on a dairy farm in the Waldron area for 35 years until Rolland’s death in 1977. Jane and Rolland joined the Reformed Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio in 1948, and it was their faith in Christ that defined and sustained them all the years of their lives.
In 1980, Jane moved to West Unity, Ohio, a community that she picked for the friendliness of the people who would become her neighbors for more than 30 years. She loved reading, sewing and cooking for guests. She was a master at crossword puzzles and with a lifelong love of learning, fulfilled her goal of completing her high school education when she was 60 years old. Above all, she loved the Lord and her family, to whom she selflessly devoted herself.
Jane is survived by daughters Beverly Niles of Clark Lake, Mich.; Beth (and Robert) Francis of Cement City, Mich.; sons Larry (and Dianna) Myers of Whitehouse, Ohio, and Lamont (and Karen) Myers of Virginia Beach, Va; eight grandchildren, Lorrie (and Brian) Bayer, of Swanton, Ohio, Tracy McCullough of West Unity, Michelle (and Keith) Creech of Whitehouse, Scott Evers of Tampa, Fla.; Bradley (and Katarina) Evers of Connifer, Col.; Ashley Cochran of Jackson, Mich.; Sarah (and Stephen) Myers-Mutschall of Lorton, Va., and James (and Marcella) Myers of Chicago, Ill; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Jane was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edwin and William Herrmann; sisters Dorothy McCabe, Velma Dickerson, Irene Case and Isabel Clark; and her great-grandson Cameron Schultz.
Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette, Ohio. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lauber Hill Reformed Mennonite Church near Elmira, Ohio. Burial will be at the Lauber Hill Cemetery following the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.