Jane Thompson Black


Jane Thompson Black, 92, of Seymour passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.

Born July 23, 1924, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of Helen Louise Temple Thompson and James Ralph Thompson. On Feb. 7, 1971, in Seymour, she married Dr. Joseph Morton Black, who preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1999.

She attended Emerson Elementary School and graduated from Seymour Shields High School in 1942. She went on to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and graduated in 1944, then attended Tobé-Coburn School for fashion in New York City and graduated in 1945. She worked at L.S. Ayres downtown Indianapolis from 1945 to 1971 where she was a buyer for the accessory departments of all branches.

She was very active in many organizations in Seymour including Psi Iota Xi sorority and Boys’ Club Women’s Council. She was a deacon and elder and served on the church session at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour, was a member of Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Club of Indianapolis, the All Thumbs Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Colonists and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jane loved all animals and rescued many of them and gave them a forever home. She loved her schnauzers, Wicker and Heather.

Survivors include her nephews, James Thomas (Sylvia) Thompson and Robert (Teresa) Thompson; a niece, Ann (Rick) Taylor; two great-nephews, James Harrison Thompson and Drew Taylor; four great-nieces, Katie Taylor, Nikki (Jason) Helmuth and Natalie and Christine Sichmann; a great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, Remy and Kimber Helmuth; and a life-long friend and co-worker, Rosie Walker.

There will be a private family graveside service at Riverview Cemetery.

A memorial service, conducted by Voss & Sons Funeral Service, for friends and family will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the James Ralph Thompson Scholarship Fund or the James Temple Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Jackson County Community Foundation or to First Presbyterian Church in Seymour.

Condolences may be shared with the family at vossfuneralservice.com.