After a decade-plus fight with Alzheimers, former Whiteville resident Jane Dorward Valentine passed peacefully and surrounded with love Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at The Redwoods.
Throughout her life, Jane was incredibly proud of her North Carolina roots. Born in Wilmington, raised in Whiteville, with an important year at her grandparents’ house in Bolton during World War II. She felt deeply connected to her family and friends in N.C., with many favorite memories created during visits to her lake cottage at Lake Waccamaw.
She and Bill met at the age of 13 while playing in the school band, and soon found themselves holding hands on the back of the bus. After dating through high school and college, they married in 1959 in Whiteville.
Jane was filled with a love of adventure. Before settling down in Mill Valley, she and Bill lived in several places across the United States, including Raleigh/Durham, Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C. and St. Louis. She also pursued a deep love of travel, especially during her trips to Europe and Hawaii.
Jane was happiest in her home in Mill Valley, where she lived for 50 years. She loved to tell the story of finding and falling in love with that home in the early 1970s, and took tremendous pride in making it a warm and inviting place for friends and family.
Blessed with a knack for creativity, Jane was well known for her love of photography, piano, gardening and an assortment of collections.
Jane is survived by an abundance of loving family members including her husband Bill, their children Kayvee, Annie and Will, and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to any of the following causes that Jane cared deeply about: Alzheimer’s Association; American Brain Tumor Association; or the University of California, San Francisco.
Better yet, after nearly a decade of gradually losing her own memory, we’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to share a fond story or two about Jane with your own friends and family, so that everyone can keep her legacy alive.
Fernwood Funeral Home in Mill Valley, Calif. handled the arrangements.