Jane E. Racer, 76, Yorktown, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in her home surrounded by her children. She was born July 18, 1940, in Muncie, the daughter of William J. and Margaret M. (Deeter) Swingley. Jane was active in local 4-H, a talented seamstress and won many awards during her academic years as a Selma Bluebird. She graduated in 1958. Jane was employed by Marsh Supermarkets for many years in the Personnel Department and worked in Human Resources for the City of Muncie. She was also a licensed insurance agent for Farm Bureau and Morris & Galliher. She worked for Olan Mills in the church division and later worked for Meijer.
Attending Girls' State must have piqued her interest in politics. One of her true passions throughout her lifetime was politics. She organized several political campaigns and was recognized for many achievements during the campaign process. Another of her true passions was theatre. She enjoyed being involved with the Muncie Civic Theatre and was a cast member of My Fair Lady and Show Boat.
Survivors include her children, Jill Racer Lewis, Ann (husband Mark) Allen, Jack (wife Sandy) Racer and Andrew D. Racer; two brothers, James W. (wife Sally) Swingley and Duane Swingley; eight grandchildren, Lindsey, Molly, Race, Chloe, Maurissa, Mauranda, Mauriah and Jack "J.D."; four great-grandchildren, Afton, Roman, Aiden and Maya; several nieces; nephews; and cousins. Jane's family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who helped her along this journey including her cousin, Susie Garringer, who comforted her during her last days, and many friends and neighbors who were always there to help.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Linda Swingley.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 W. Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304 with Pastor Mark Garringer officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Parker City.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday and after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at Elm Ridge Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to PBS-WIPB, 1111 N. McKinley Ave., Muncie, IN 47306; Muncie Civic Theatre, 216 E. Main St., Muncie, IN 47305 the Muncie Mission, 1725 S. Liberty St., Muncie, IN 47302 or Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 14100 E. Orr Rd., 265 N., Parker city, IN 47368.
Online condolences to the family may be sent to elmridgefuneralhome.com.
I spent many nights on woodbridge with Andy and jane. She was very kind and loving to me, to all of us. Lord knows we tested her patience with our guitars ...
I miss Andy dearly and im sorry brother ... I had a vdry busy day Tuesday and couldn't make it. Get hold of me please.
Dear Jill: We never met your Mom, but reading her obituary, she was an interesting person with many talents. Cherish those memories. Love & hugs across the miles---Julie & Chris.
Jill, Jack, Ann, and Andy: I am sorry to learn about the loss of your Mother. She sure was a trooper over the past months. I have such fond memories of when she would come in my store and help with special events and to decorate for the holidays. She made a couple items that I have here in Florida. One is made from a coffee bean bag the came from White Coffee Company and the other just has SAL. She is in God's hands now and at Peace.
Spent many fun times with Jane back in the day. She had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh.
Jill & Family, Wishing you PEACE to bring comfort, COURAGE to face the days ahead and LOVING MEMORIES to forever hold in your hearts.Our warmest condolences, Jill (Glass) Mansbarger & Family and Jim Glass & Family
Andy, I'm sorry for your loss. I remember her helping us staff SLM during the early days. My condolences.
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