Jane Anne Paul

Devoted wife, mother and friend, passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 in her 79th year. She was the matriarch to an extensive family and a devoted servant to the Lord.

Born March 28, 1933 as the only child to Charles and Vera Funk in Brockville, Ontario, Jane was an active member of her school. Jane took her training as a Registered Nurse through Sick Kids in Toronto and graduated from the program in 1956. On March 2 1957, in Brockville she married Richard (Dick) Paul and they began a wonderful life together, with a love that bound them through their faith in Christ.

Jane and Dick welcomed daughters, Elizabeth (Liz) and Martha and brought into their lives son, Steven when they moved to Montreal. Jane helped establish roots in every new town through the Presbyterian Church in Windsor, Montreal, Toronto, Owen Sound, and Everett Washington before settling in North Vancouver, BC.

As a faithful servant to the Lord, throughout her life, she was active in the Presbyterian Church. She served numerous roles including a Sunday school teacher, church elder, Bethel teacher, Stephen minister and lastly as a prayer partner. During her summers, she would serve as a nurse and head cook at Camp Douglas.

Jane and Dick travelled to Indonesia where as a nurse and family practitioner, she consulted with doctors by radio. When Jane and Dick had become full time missionaries they were assigned to Kinshasa, Zaire. In Africa, Jane’s roles included hospitality, leprocy mission and secretary for the medical clinic. After five years, the Pauls were relocated to Nyankunde in eastern Zaire. For another five years, acting as base nurse, Jane continued to welcome other new missionaries to Africa, acted as host to travelers, held Bible studies, flight following and teaching English as a Second Language.

Throughout Jane’s life, she was a loyal and loving friend. She maintained friendships from childhood to the end of her life. Since retiring from her work as a missionary, Jane taught Sunday School and served as an elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Nanaimo.

Jane was committed to her husband and devoted mother, grandmother and, later, great grandmother to her family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dick; her children, Liz (Johan), Martha (Joe) and Steven (Robin); her seven grandchildren: Josh (Kate), Sarah-Jane (David), Tom (Chrisi), Johan, Katy (Shawn), Benjamin, Joey and her four great grandchildren: Lexie, Logan, Bella and Gianna. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law, Tom (Marj), nephew, Doug (Liz) and niece, Beverly (Don).

The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the Palliative Care Unit in Nanaimo and the amazing Hospice volunteers there.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo.

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