Jane Ann Wassell Hulse, 91, of Chesterfield, MO passed away at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Surrey Place in Chesterfield, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday February 29, 2016 at Big Creek Presbyterian Church in Rensselaer, MO. Janice Legg will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal, MO.
Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00 AM Monday at the church.
The family is being served by the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, in Hannibal.
Jane Ann was born July 4, 1924, in Hannibal, MO, the daughter of Hazel Juanita (Thomas) and James Leslie Wassell. Following the death of her father, Jane Ann became the stepdaughter of Frank C. Thomas.
Jane Ann attended grade school and high school in Hannibal, graduating from Hannibal High School in 1944. She attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, and was a member of Phi Kappa Chi local sorority. Jane Ann went on to live and work for one year in Pennsauken, NJ, living with her brother, Terrill, and his wife and young son. After returning to Hannibal, Jane Ann married Roy Coleman Hulse on August 21, 1949, at the First Christian Church in Hannibal. He survives her.
Jane Ann and Roy pursued life's goals and dreams in multiple locations, living in Columbia, MO, Canton, MO, St. Charles, MO, Granite City, IL, Augusta, GA, Mount Vernon, IL, and for the past 34 years have resided in Chesterfield, MO. In Canton and Columbia, Jane Ann worked at insurance agencies. She worked at Madison County Federal Savings and Loan in Granite City, and while living in Mount Vernon was a payroll supervisor at General Radiator.
Jane Ann was an active member of Green Trails United Methodist Church in Chesterfield, MO. Her previous church homes were First Christian Church in Hannibal, MO, Central Christian Church in Granite City, IL, and First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, IL. Jane Ann was highly involved in church activities. Over the years she participated in womens' fellowship groups, attended Sunday school classes, sang in the choir, and on occasion played the piano and organ at services.
Jane Ann was also a devoted homemaker, with primary focus on creating a loving home environment and caring for her family and others. She was a wonderful cook, a gifted writer, and talented musician. Over the years, her interest and activities included reading, needlework, sewing, gardening, square dancing, ballroom dancing, decorating her home, traveling, playing bridge, listening to KMOX radio, watching Cardinals Baseball, and spending time with family and friends. She also stayed in touch with friends and relatives in other cities by writing cards and letters. She corresponded for over 70 years with two of her closest friends from Culver-Stockton. Jane Ann enjoyed music and loved to play the piano, with the ability to play by ear. She greatly enjoyed attending concerts and musical programs.
Jane Ann was a faithful member of the P.E.O. sisterhood for over 50 years, first joining the organization in 1965 as a chapter charter member in Granite City, IL. She then became a member of the GO chapter in Mount Vernon, IL, followed by membership for the past 34 years in the KG chapter in Chesterfield, MO. She at one time held the positions of chapter historian and teasurer.
Jane Ann was a tutor under the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program in Parkway School District in Chesterfield, MO for approximately 10 years. She considered it a privilege and pleasure to help her young students improve their reading skills and increase their interest in reading.
Jane Ann was preceded in death by her parents, James Leslie Wassell and Hazel (Thomas) Wassell Thomas, her sister, Vivian Wassell, her stepfather, Frank C. Thomas, her brother, James Terrill Wassell and wife Betty, her sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Hulse) Trower and husband Dick, her brothers-in-law Francis Hulse and wife Virginia, and Edward Hulse, her nephew, Jeff Wassell, her great-niece, Bernadette Wassell, and special cousins LaVerne (Thomas) Calvert and Ruth (Calvert) Chambers.
In addition to her husband, Jane Ann is survived by a daughter, Terry (Hulse) Thurston and her husband Eric of Godfrey, IL, a son, Kirk Hulse and his wife Diane of Collinsville, IL, two granddaughters, Erica Thurston of St. Louis, MO and Carley (Thurston) Arnsman and her husband Josh of Mendon, IL, a grandson, Drew Hulse and his wife Tori of Minneapolis, MN, a great-grandson, Deacon Arnsman of Mendon, IL, a sister-in-law, Laura Ruth Hulse of Kirksville, MO, and many nieces and nephews in the Wassell and Hulse families.
Memorial contributions may be made to Culver-Stockton College or donor's choice, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.