Jane Sanburn, 75
Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Jane Sanburn, age 75, of Lenox, who passed away September 14, 2019 at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Lenox United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held Friday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be given in Jane’s name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Jenalee ‘Jane’ Sanburn was born October 2, 1943, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of Lester Beckett and Geneva (Price) Beckett. She grew up attending Grove No. 6 Country School until the family moved to Lenox when she was 12. She attended school in Lenox. On September 1, 1959, she was united in marriage to Alan Curphey. The couple made their home in Sharpsburg. Born to bless this union were three sons, Richard, Micheal and Gary.
Jane earned her Associates Degree in 1975 from Southwest Community College in Creston. After graduation she went to work for Taylor County Public Health as an Income Maintenance Worker. She also held this position in Union, Fremont and Adams County over the years. The couple later divorced and she was united in marriage to Earl Sanburn on June 15, 1985. They lived in Sidney, Iowa; Wickenburg, Arizona. Due to Earl’s declining health the couple moved to North Platte, Nebraska where they lived until Earl’s death on May 27, 2016. In March of 2017, Jane moved to Lenox, Iowa where she could be closer to family and friends.
Throughout the years, Jane was known for her loving, nurturing and generous ways. She enjoyed listening to country music and visiting with family and friends. Her ability to ‘listen to those she was with’ was truly a gift, making her a very treasured friend to many. Her smile could light up a room!
Left to cherish Jane’s memory are her three sons, Richard Curphey and wife Kathy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Micheal Curphey and wife Bobbi of Arlington, Texas; Gary Curphey of Sharpsburg, Iowa; special friend, David Bell of Lenox, Iowa; three step-children, Terri Sanburn of North Platte, Nebraska; Tracy and husband Sean Jackson of North Platte, Nebraska; and Cody Sanburn of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten grandchildren, Mike Curphey; Tim Curphey; Dustin Curphey; Kaitlinn Mather and husband Dave; Sean Curphey; Bryan Curphey; Daniel Curphey; Kevin Curphey; Aidan Sanburn and Kade Sanburn; nine great-grandchildren, Avery, Aerial, Connor, Carson, Corbin, Lilly, Garrett, Graham and Carly; five siblings, Leola Adams of Mont Ayr, Iowa (who passed away the day after Jane); Imogene mains of Creston, Iowa; Lois Lamb of Mount Ayr, Iowa; David Beckett of Lenox, Iowa; and Janice Miller and husband Mike of Creston, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Judy; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Jane in death are her parents, Lester and Geneva Beckett; a brother, Earl Beckett; her husband Earl Sanburn; three grandchildren, Mercedes Rose, Candice Rose and Alan Lee.
We will forever hold the precious memories of Jane in our hearts.
May she be at peace in God’s loving care.