Verna Jane Jordan McAlister was born on September 19, 1938, in Ranger, TX, and passed from this life to her eternal home on March 9, 2023.
Jane was born to Elsie May Dell Walker Jordan and was raised by her mother, May Dell, and her father, Bueford Lee Jordan, in Eastland, TX. They all lived in the Connellee Hotel in Eastland, TX, for several years during her upbringing when her mother worked nights with Southwestern Bell and her father worked there in the hotel administration. Short years later, her father gained employment with the local Lone Star Gas in the Right of Way Department and they purchased a home in town.
Jane attended Eastland Schools her entire life with the exception of Catholic kindergarten where she exclaimed that the "nuns' rulers scared her half to death". Jane met her forever love, Ernest Elmo McAlister, Jr., in junior high there in Eastland, TX. They later became a permanent couple/item in high school and were married soon after graduation their senior year from Eastland High School. After graduation, Jane and "Moe" moved to Abilene, TX, to attend Hardin Simmons University where Moe worked nights @ the Lone Star Gas Company and attended classes by day.
Jane soon discontinued her college studies after giving birth to her two precious daughters, Kim and Dana, who were born about 20 months apart.
Jane and Moe moved to Mesquite, TX, after Moe's college graduation where he landed his first professional job in the Business/Accounting Department at the Lone Star Gas Company in downtown Dallas, TX. Moe spent his entire career at Lone Star Gas where he served as the "Treasurer" of the company for many years. He retired in the late 1990's. Jane and Moe loved to travel and genuinely enjoyed each other's company. They loved to visit family, go out to eat, and attend church together. They especially loved eating catfish, barbeque, and traveling to Hawaii.
Jane and Moe raised their family in Mesquite, TX, where their girls attended the Mesquite Schools. Both girls graduated from Mesquite High School (SKEETER Nation) and attended colleges of their choice. Both girls have, also, retired from the Mesquite Independent School District.
Jane was a devoted wife and the absolute sweetest and classiest Mom around town. She kept an immaculate house who emphasized the importance of Christ in your life, honesty, cleanliness, and style. Jane was an avid reader who spent hours reading to her children from their infancy and beyond. Jane loved to shop and nap and did so, regularly. She knew how to work, play, and rest hard. She cooked extremely well, even though she did not particularly enjoy it. She made especially delicious homemade desserts. Everyone in her home received the gift of a homemade dessert for their birthday, annually. Holidays were always decorated, planned, and hosted with love.
Jane maintained a cosmetology license for the majority of her life. She found many ways to utilize these skills by providing manicures, pedicures, and by intensely scrubbing, combing, cutting, and teasing her own and her daughters' hair. There are many stories to tell and pictures to illustrate the vastness of these "hair-raising" moments.
In addition to being a wife, Mom-Extraordinaire, cook, and taxi driver, Jane, also, worked at Toby's Men's Wear in Mesquite, TX, where she sincerely enjoyed her boss, Jack Toby, and fellow coworkers.
Throughout her life, Jane caste major emphasis on kindness, godliness, and class. She loved people and, she loved to laugh, but, she also, knew when to keep her mouth shut and, she wanted you to do the same. We often find that this learned skill comes in handy on a daily basis.
Jane loved flowers, quilting/sewing, caramel cheesecake, PF Chang's, TexMex, and Elvis. But, most and foremost, Jane loved her God, her friends, and her family... OH, how she loved "Ernest Elmo" (She usually said it as if it were one word.), her girls, her grandbabies, and her great grandbabies. She loved truth, Jesus, and was a generous soul. She often brought meals to those whose loved ones were hospitalized and, she, also, spent countless hours at the hospital when Jordan, grandbaby number #2, was born. After all of these years, she still bought all of her daughters, grands, and great-grands Easter outfits ever year !!!
Verna Jane Jordan McAlister was absolutely THE BEST Mom and "Mimi" to us !!! She was loyal, steadfast, and dedicated to her beliefs, her friends, and her family to the very end of life. She will be abundantly missed but, she is not lost. She is currently fluffing up her new mansion in her Heavenly Home.
We look forward to seeing her again. She would, also, probably want to know if YOU believe in Jesus and whether you will be joining her for a visit sometime in the upcoming future.
Long live the beautiful and meaningful memory of our beloved, Mom and "Mimi", Verna Jane Jordan McAlister.
Jane is survived by - Kim Sullivan - daughter, of Mesquite, Dana Hartless- daughter, Sarah Lyle - granddaughter, Jordan Marshall - granddaughter, Travis "Cole" Sullivan - grandson, Travis Sullivan - son-in-law, Daymond Hartless - son-in-law, Logan Lyle - great-grandson, Lane Lyle - great-granddaughter, Liv Lyle - great-granddaughter, Paul Lyle - Grandson-in-law, Letty Waters - cousin, Patsy Lassiter - cousin, Larry Bush - cousin.
Services for Jane will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 AM at New Hope Funeral Home - Chapel, preceded by a visitation: Saturday, at 9:00 AM.
Burial will follow at 2:00 PM at Eastland City Cemetery, Eastland, TX.