Jane Woodford Venable Marron, 89 – Winchester Sun

Jane Woodford Venable Brown, 89, of Clark County, died on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at her ancestral home in SABWoodford. She was born April 25, 1932 in Winchester, to the late Charles Sanford and Martha Fishback Venable. She attended Winchester High School, Midway College, and received a degree in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky, followed by a Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfield, Michigan. She was a member of the Salem Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Cranbrook, she worked as a Home Economics Extension Officer at Michigan State University in Cadillac, Michigan. It was here that she married Ted Brown, who predeceased her, with her brother, John Oliver Venable, and her parents. When she returned from Michigan to Kentucky in 1975, she began farming with her brother John. They were purebred Angus cattle breeders. Jane has learned throughout her life, fascinated by a multitude of interests including textiles and basket weaving, quilting and traveling the world. She was an avid collector of antique furniture and tools, quilting fabrics, puzzles and books. In their later years, she traveled the country with her brother John following the Midwest Tool Collectors, where they made many friends. She was a long-time admirer of quilts: she played with doll quilts her mother made as a child, and once said that there were very few nights in her life that she didn’t sleep under. a quilt that a family member had made. This love of quilting led her to join the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, and later to organize the “Scrap Baggers” quilting group in Winchester and Clark County.
His interest in genealogy led him to his greatest passion: the Daughters of the American Revolution. She joined the Hart Chapter of DAR in 1970 and served for 51 years. Jane was a descendant of Brigadier-General William Woodford and Jacob Fishback, both of whom served valiantly during the American Revolution. Like her ancestors, Jane was steadfast in her service and embraced the DAR motto of “God, Home and Country”. His inimitable wit and humor charmed all of the Hart Chapter members, and the example of his tireless dedication was an example to follow. She served two terms as regent of the Hart chapter, became honorary regent and spent several years as a librarian. She has also devoted her time and energy to countless presidencies and committees. A staunch supporter of Duncan Tavern, the headquarters of the Kentucky DAR, Jane spent many days in her kitchen preparing and serving lunches, as well as receiving and cataloging valuables for her museum. She was generous in supporting the upkeep and operation of Duncan Tavern and encouraged this stewardship in the Hart Chapter and all the Kentucky girls. Jane has supported many institutions by serving on the boards of the Hindman Settlement School, the Clark County Public Library, and the Winchester Federal Savings Bank. She has been actively interested in forming organizations that contribute to the preservation of local history, such as the Bluegrass Heritage Museum and Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve. She has helped improve the lives of many women through her involvement and financial support at the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, Kentucky. She is survived by her niece, Martha Huntington Venable Johnson, a great niece Ashley Woodford Johnson and her grandnephew Nelson Hagan Johnson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, 289 South Main Street, presided over by the Reverend John McCord. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Winchester cemetery. The bearers will be: Dave Maples, Clayton Chamberlain, Hagan Johnson, Roy Johnson, Rex McCrary, Larry Stewart, John Pumphrey. Honorary bearers will be: Dana Maples, Fara Tyree, Will Hodgkin, Anne Willson, Martha Clare Sipple, Harry Enoch and John Barry Sipple. Contributions can be made to the Summer Reading Program with the Clark County Public Library, 370 South Burns Avenue, Winchester, KY 40391

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