Mary Jane Church, 1923 ~ 2012
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Mary Jane Vermillion Church, 89, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at Moab Regional Hospital. Born April 21, 1923 to Garland and Ida Vermillion in Jellico, Ky., she was the third of seven children.

After graduating from Jellico High School in Jellico, Tenn., Jane worked as a telephone switchboard operator for Jellico Telephone Company. In the late 1940s she met the man who would be the love of her life, Ralph Church. They were married Jan. 21, 1949. They lived in Petersburg, Ind., Ralph’s hometown, for several years and Jane worked for a few years for Petersburg Telephone Company. In the late 1950s they returned to Jellico.

They raised two children, a son, Michael, and a daughter, Lisa. In 1963, the family moved back to Petersburg, and Ralph and Jane lived there until returning to Jellico in 1990 after Ralph’s retirement from Old Ben Coal Company. Ralph passed away in 2001 and Jane moved to Moab, Utah, in 2009 to live with her daughter, Lisa, and Kelly Thornton, whom Jane also thought of as a daughter.

A deeply religious woman, Jane was a devout Methodist and a member of the Jellico United Methodist Church. In Moab, she attended the Community Church. Wherever she lived, Jane was known for her gracious spirit and her kindness and generosity to friends, family and others, especially those in need. She volunteered for many charitable organizations throughout her life as well as volunteering at nursing homes in Petersburg and Jellico.

Jane is survived by her son, Michael Church (Janice), of Novi, Mich.; daughter, Lisa Church, of Moab, Utah; and three grandchildren, Amanda Kalinowsky (Peter), of South Lyon, Mich., Daniel Church of New York, N.Y., and Jeremy Church of Mount Pleasant, Mich. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; sisters, Ruth Vermillion, Elizabeth “Betty” Vermillion, and Lillian Davenport and her husband, Samuel Davenport; and brothers, Eugene Vermillion, Robert Vermillion and Charles Vermillion, all of Jellico.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of Moab Regional Hospital and Dr. John Sanders for the loving care they provided to Jane during her final days. We also thank Mearl Sheldon at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab for his help in arranging Jane’s transportation back to Tennessee.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jane has been returned to Jellico, where she will be buried next to her husband, Ralph, in the Snyder-Vermillion cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cox and Son Funeral Home in Jellico. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. that evening. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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