Jane Senter Weeden


unknown - April 3, 2013

Jane Senter Weeden died Wednesday, April 3. Jane had a life-long interest in art, languages, and contemporary culture. She was born on Nov. 9, 1922 and grew up in Petersburg Virginia.She was part of a southern society that appreciated and encouraged intellectual achievement, civic responsibility, and gracefulness in conversation and presence—qualities which shone in Jane through-out her life.
Jane attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia and during a summer vacation met her future husband Morris (Mike) Weeden, a red-headed young army lieutenant stationed at nearby Camp Lee. They were married in October of 1944 and, after living many years in Cazenovia New York, moved to Lake Forest in 1975. With her children grown, Jane became increasingly involved in numerous artistic and literary activities, including Alliance Française, The Women’s Board of The Ravinia Festival, The Coterie of Lake Forest, and especially The Art Institute. She is remembered there as a welcoming presence at the museum who shared her enthusiasm and knowledge of the collections with the many visitors who came through the doors. Jane was a member of the Antiquarian Society, serving as president from 1991-1994. She and Mike were members of the Sustaining Fellows, and Jane served as president of that group’s program committee from 2001-2004.
Jane and Mike shared a passion for architecture and were devoted to the work of David Adler. When the Clow. house Adler designed in 1927 came up for sale in 1982, Jane toured the property and later said, “I felt as if it had been built for me—it was like falling in love.” During the following years the Weedens carefully restored the house to its original condition. Jane said the vast imposing living room, which features a ceiling soaring to 25 feet, was a wonderful place for large gatherings of family and friends.
Jane was a life-long Episcopalian. As a member of The Church of the Holy Spirit, she served in many ways but particularly as chairman of the Altar Guild.For years she personally washed and ironed the fine linens used each week during services. Her wonderful way of meeting and greeting old friends and newcomers alike with a welcoming smile and gently inflected voice was a special gift.
Jane Weeden is survived by her husband of 69 years, Morris Skiff Weeden: their children, Charles Skiff Weeden, Anna Nicholson Weeden, Jane Weeden Hall, and Robert Rush Weeden, and her four grandchildren, Jamie Nicholson Hall, Lowell Skiff Hall, Caroline Anna Weeden, and Allison Jane Weeden.
The life of Jane Senter Weeden was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illnois.
Memorial gifts may be sent to: Bravo Waukegan, 400 E. Illinois Ave., Lake Forest IL. 60045.

Services for Jane Senter Weeden

  • April 6, 2013
    • Funeral: 11 a.m.