Jane Dickens

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Jane M. Dickens, nee Marvel, of Belleville, Illinois, born on July 22, 1920, in Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on August 21, 2021, at her home.

Jane retired from the Belleville Mental Health after 25 years and spent many more years volunteering at Memorial Hospital.  She enjoyed bowling, gardening, baking and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  She and her husband spent many hours beautifying the entrance to their neighborhood for which they received a Proud Partners award from the city.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Charles W. Dickens, whom she married on December 5, 1942, and who died on May 4, 2006.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Kehoe (Darren);
two granddaughters, Meagan Miller and Haley Kehoe;
and one niece, Joan Williams, living in Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity or cause of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 She will be interred at Green Mount Cemetery, beside her husband, in a private service.

Friends may remember her in life with a smile and a toast!


10 Comments on Jane Dickens

Bonnie Runner said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2021 at 2:29 PM

When Dave and I were first married we built a house in twilight terrace. Jane and Charlie and Caroline lived in the other end of the subdivision and we became friends. They were awesome people and we enjoyed our relationship so much. They didn’t get much better than those people. Bless you Caroline! Just know that you had the greatest set of parents ever! Bonnie Runner

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Bonnie Runner said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2021 at 2:25 PM

Seeing Jane’s obituary brought back so many memories. When Dave and I were first married we built a house in twilight Terrace. Jane and Charles and daughter lived at the other end of the subdivision. We became good friends and it was so nice because they were great people. We enjoyed our friendship with them. Bless you Carolyn! You had awesome parents! Bonnie Runner

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Shelly Gordon said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 5:17 PM

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my visits and our meals at the Chinese buffet. Jane was my Dad’s secretary for years, and he and my Mom thought so much of her.

  • Morgan Hill
  • CA
Ginger Boyce said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2021 at 10:21 AM

Jane was a true and constant friend to my parents, Doris and Trux Boyce, and to both my sister and myself over many years and much distance. She shared her compassion and love and strength of purpose with so many. Her amazing mind, wit, and personality endured. What a force Jane was! I'm happy to have known her. Ginger Boyce

  • Lewes
  • DE
Pearl Spies said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 10:08 AM

I became acquainted with Jane from volunteering at Memorial Hospital. . She was such a kind and gracious lady. May she rest in peace.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Michael Ellis said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 9:35 AM

So sorry to hear of Jane's passing. My mom, Marian Ellis and her had a common bond & a great friendship. Condolencs to the family. May she rest in peace.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
The Sutherlands said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2021 at 8:16 AM

Such a very sweet lady. Will miss you Mrs. Dickens but we know you are now with Charles. Will always remember heading over to the Dickens for dinner. Sitting around your table with you, Mr. Dickens, Ms. Marvel and Carolyn. Rest in His peace.

  • Columbus
  • MS
Henry Keck said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Such a smart and kind lady. So happy to have worked with her. My condolences.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Lana (Kunkelmann) Kovacs said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2021 at 8:17 AM

Carolyn, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your mother was one of the kindest souls that I have had the pleasure of knowing. God bless you and your family, Lana

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Barb Nicholson said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2021 at 5:34 PM

I knew Jane through First United Presbyterian church. When we spoke on the phone, she was always upbeat and had a great memory. I enjoyed sharing life stories with her.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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