Remembering a special friend
The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation recently said goodbye to staff member Jane Stewart. She passed away on Sept. 25 after a long battle with cancer.
Jane worked in the Foundation’s Tulsa office for more than 12 years and most recently worked out of a satellite office at Bartlesville Oak Park United Methodist Church. It is difficult to articulate her value and significance to the Foundation. She worked closely with all staff members, especially planned-giving staff and donors, and she will be greatly missed.
Because the Foundation staff is few in number, everyone works together on many projects. Jane was more like family than a co-worker, sharing everything from her love of theater and sports to her dedication and loyalty to the Foundation’s mission.
"Among Jane’s many gifts were her incredible organizational skills," said David Battles, executive vce president for the Foundation. "She scheduled all of my appointments each December, which included 30 to 40 visits during a two- or three-week period. She was so efficient she even scheduled breaks, something we both laughed about later. She also had a great sense of humor."
Over the years, Jane got to know many of our donors in the Tulsa area on a first-name basis. She developed close relationships with many of them, and they would often ask how she was doing.
"Jane managed her illness much like her work for the Foundation, with a truly gracious spirit which inspired each of us. She was a very special friend, and I already miss her smile," said Battles.