FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jane Eileen Coomes, 54, of Fayetteville, formerly of Dixon, passed away Jan. 18, 2014, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, after a sudden illness.
Jane was born Aug. 5, 1959, in Dixon, to Dennis and Eileen (Downey) Coomes. She was a graduate of Dixon High School and the University of Arkansas, with a master’s degree in education. She had taught in the Dixon school system. For the past 30 years, she taught special education at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville.
Jane is survived by sisters, Barbara (Lou) Meek of Fort Wayne, Ind., Margaret (Pete) Heinzelmann of Fayetteville, Colleen (Bill) Visker of Roseville, Calif., Julie of Fayetteville, and Mary Ellen (Marty) Schryver of Dixon; brothers, Paul (Lana) Coomes and Denny (Teresa) Coomes, both of Dixon; nieces and nephews, John and Jennifer (Meek) Sargent, Chris and Rachel Meek, Andy and Shari Heinzelmann, Lance and Sarah (Heinzelmann) Andersen, Jason and Kate (Coomes) Tobias, Larry and Heather (Coomes) Scanlon, Kendra Visker, Corey Coomes, and Quincy Coomes; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Celebration of Jane’s life will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Local Funeral Mass and celebration of Jane’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 612 Highland Ave., Dixon. A luncheon will follow at noon in the church’s Holloway Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, 877 S. California Blvd., Fayetteville, to support programs in special education; or to the First Responders of the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, 17150 Lake Sequoyah Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701.