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Jane West Twitchell was born June 13, 1931 to Walter and Grayce Twitchell in Jordan, Montana. She was the first of six children – Jane, Joe, Jadee, Jay, Judd, and Jerry.
Jane passed peacefully in her home in Jordan, surrounded by family, on the evening of January 20, 2021 at the age of 89.
Jane went to elementary school at Flat Creek School and high school at Garfield County High School. Jane was the Garfield County Rodeo Queen in 1948. She later attended Eastern Montana College where she got her teaching license. Jane married Sterling Wille on December 17, 1950 and changed her name to Jane Twitchell Wille. Jane drove herself to Fairbanks, Alaska to meet Sterling in 1951, arriving on her birthday. They drove home in a taxicab in the summer of 1952 to have their first child born in Jordan. Jane and Sterling had three children – Karmon, Kalvin, and Kermit. Jane and Sterling built their little log house on the corner of Montana Street and moved their family into the basement in 1954. All three children were raised in this home and Jane lived there for her entire life. The door was always open to family and friends for a visit and a cup of coffee. Jane’s home was always full of conversation and laughter. Jane’s first teaching job was at North Star School. She started teaching at Jordan Elementary in the mid 1950s, where she remained until her retirement. She taught several lower grades and finally found her fit as a Title 1 Reading Specialist. She retired in 1991 after one of her favorite students, Jesse Murnion, graduated 8th grade. Her students loved Mrs. Wille. After their children left home, many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren were welcomed into Jane and Sterling’s house. Later, other high school students from the country found a temporary home at Jane and Sterling’s and were welcomed as part of the extended family. Jane didn’t care how many kids were there or whether she knew them, she would only ask, “How many for breakfast?”
Jane was active in the Jordan VFW Auxiliary and a member of the Council of Aging. Jane and Sterling were recipients of the Outstanding Community Service Award and Jane was also awarded the Senior Citizen of The Year, recognized by the Chamber of Commerce. Jane was always a prominent singing voice at the Lutheran Church. Jane’s faith touched each aspect of her life, and guided her as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, teacher, and community member. For years, Jane baked birthday cakes for the residents of the nursing home and delivered them. She enjoyed making wedding cakes as well. She baked and decorated hundreds of Santa Claus cookies every year for all the kids she knew, which is a memory cherished by many. Jane had a huge heart and made quilts for every baby and graduate in the community. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have many quilts from Grandmother each made with love. Jane lived her whole life in Jordan as a beloved member of the community and was always recognizable in her little red hats.
Jane is predeceased by her parents Walter and Grayce; husband of 49 years, Sterling; and brothers Jay and Joe. Jane is survived by her siblings Jadee, Judd (Eva), and Jerry (Jo Ryan); sisters-in-law Gayle and Anita; children Karmie (Keith), Kalvin (Virginia), and Kit (Kathy). She is survived by her five grandchildren Walt (Lisa), John (Jana), Wendy (Travis), Hannah (Tuan), and Sophie, and her eight great-grandchildren Shelby, Keon, Tanner, Brynn, Payton, Grayce, Sterling, and Isabelle. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Garfield County Ambulance in Jane’s honor.