Jane Blakely, 82, of Richland, IA passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital. As were her wishes, her body has been cremated. A celebration of Jane’s life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Prairie View United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Lamb and Rusty Crabtree officiating. A visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until the time of service. Interment will be held in the Friends Cemetery in Richland, IA immediately following the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jane’s honor be directed to the Richland First Responders and Fire Department. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Karla Jane Blakely, or Jane as she was known to her family and friends, was born on August 20, 1937 in Oskaloosa, IA to Lewis and Lorrayne Roland Moore. Jane’s love of the farm life began at an early age. She grew up with her family on a farm near Pulaski, IA and attended Pulaski High School, graduating with the class of 1955. She went on to further her education at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa, IA where she became a Registered Nurse. Not long after graduation Jane married the love of her life, Charles Blakely in Pulaski, IA. The two had met on a blind date where Jane had filled in for the girl that Charles was supposed to be meeting. This chance encounter was the first chapter in a story that lasted over 60 years. Jane worked several years as a nurse at the Sigourney Hospital before leaving that job to farm alongside Charles at their home place outside of Rubio. She did whatever needed to be done, from driving the tractor to caring for the animals, all while being a loving mother to their children, Dennis, Dwayne and Delisa. She was always willing to open their home and provide a safe, loving environment to neighbors, as well as foreign exchange students. Later in life Jane worked as a cook for the Pekin Community School District. When Jane was not working, she enjoyed putting together a puzzle, or a good hand of cards. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. To everyone that knew her she was considered a prankster and even ornery at times, but it was never hurtful and always ended in a good laugh for everyone involved. Her willingness to care for others extended even beyond her close family as she organized a kids club, was a Youth Group Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Church Camp Leader. Jane was also one of the founders of the REACH Group, Inc. which helped provide food, clothing, and Christmas gifts for families in need. She also volunteered her time as a Popcorn Reader for children at Pekin Elementary. Jane was a member of the Prairie View United Methodist Church, as well as the Red Hat Society and a life-long Rubio Ladies Club Member. Jane impacted many lives in the time that she was here, and her impact continues even now with her gift of eye donation for research. She will be missed by her many family and friends, but they take comfort in knowing that the world is a better place because she was here.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, two children, Dennis Blakely and an infant daughter Charlene Blakely; three brothers, Owen, Chuck, and Terry Moore; and her in-laws, Herbert and Ethel Blakely.
Left to share her story is her loving husband Charles Blakely of Richland, IA; two children, Dwayne (Janette) Blakely of Higginsville, MO and Delisa (Tony) Martin of Richland, IA; Daughter-in-law, Connie (Greg) Hersh of Ollie, IA; three brothers, Jim (Joyce) Moore, Jack (Nell) Moore, and Pat (Kelli) Moore; a sister-in-law, Ginger Moore; three foreign exchange students, Borna Buinac, Peder Benum, and Kris Pantzar, as well as eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and many extended family and friends.