Jane Adkins Crallé

August 17, 1939 - January 27, 2017
Jane Adkins Crallé

Jane A. Crallé, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, died on Friday, January 27, 2017. She was 77.

She is survived by her son, Michael Crallé, of Virginia Beach, her daughter and son-in-law, Meg and Brent Fraim, of Norfolk, and two grandchildren, Julia and Patrick Fraim. She is also survived by her brother, Jimmy Adkins, of Roanoke, and sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Jim Wymer, also of Roanoke. The love of her life, Charles Crallé, predeceased her in 2012, and her older brother, Reed Adkins, died in 1951.

Born in Stuart, Virginia, Jane grew up in the small town of Buchanan, Virginia, where she lived until attending Madison College (now James Madison University). She made lifelong friends as a Tri Sigma there, and pursued a degree in education. After college, she married her college sweetheart and taught elementary school for ten years.

She was a teacher until she became a mother, then devoted herself wholly to making a loving home for her two children and husband. She was a frequent volunteer and loved “making memories” with her family on annual vacations to the Outer Banks. She enjoyed playing golf, word puzzles, bridge, and card games of any variety played with family and friends.  She was also very fond of music and had the gift of being able to play the piano by ear. She delighted in playing to a crowd gathered around, effortlessly playing any requests thrown her way.

She was a member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, where a memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, February 3. The family will receive friends at the Parish House following the service.

Special thanks from the family to the caregivers at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, who delivered compassionate and loving care during the final year of her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bruton Parish Church, P.O. Box 3520, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Online condolences may be shared at bucktroutfuneralhome.net


Service

Friday, February 3, 2017
2:00 PM

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church - Directions
201 West Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • January 31, 2017
    Christine and Maury Cralle says:
    It's sad to say goodbye to Jane. One of our fondest memories is gathering around the piano to sing as she plays. It was such a great way to end the evening at their house. This was usually after a game of manipulation that Jane usually won!!

  • January 31, 2017
    Lee and Kathryn Adkins says:
    I remember when we were children what a good time we had playing at Grandmother Adkins' at the old home place. You, me , Reed , Jimmy, and Elaine. I have so many , fond memories of us all when we were children I could go on and on. I will miss when we played music and sang at our Family reunions what fun. Those times were surely good and I will surely miss them with you.

  • January 31, 2017
    BARBARA TOLLEY MOHLER says:
    WE LIVED BESIDE THE ADKINS GROWING UP IN BUCHANAN, ELAINE AND I WERE THE TOMBOYS AND JANE AND MY SISTER ,ELSIE WERE THE" GIRLIE GIRLS " ! LOVED TO HEAR JANE PLAY THE PIANO !LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES FROM LOWE STREET !!!

  • January 31, 2017
    Robin Crane says:
    Meg and family - may the many happy memories you cherish of your Mom bring you peace during this time of loss.

  • January 31, 2017
    Vaughn Millner says:
    Jane has always been an important part of my life. When I was much younger, I used to follow her around and asked to accompany her on dates with Chuck. She was kind enough to let me go with them occasionally. She was joyful, conscientious, and so very talented. She was full of music, life, and goodness. We spent wonderful family time playing canasta and singing along as she played the piano. I know she adored her children, grandchildren and family.