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Betty "Jane" Curran

Betty "Jane" Curran

Betty "Jane" Curran, of Quincy, Illinois, who led an incredibly intentional life, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, with her family by her side. She was 81.

Known by many as "Nanny Jane," Nanny was born October 30, 1938, in Jackson, Tennessee. She was the only daughter of Parnell and Velma "Nanny" Gardner. Jane graduated from Quincy High School with the class of 1957. After graduating, she attended Gem City Business College and took additional courses at Quincy College. Jane was a professional photographer at Lyle Ramsey studio and traveled throughout the Midwest.

Jane worked as a counselor at the Adams County Youth Home and Transitions for seventeen years. On the weekends, she worked the Transitions weekend suicide prevention call line until the late 90s. For the following fifteen years, she worked twelve hours a day at the Quincy Housing Authority as an Occupancy Specialist, as well as Gem City Accounting as a Collections Agent. She retired in 2005.

Jane married the love of her life, Duke Curran, on January 26, 2002. After meeting Duke, Jane returned to St. Peter's Church and found new meaning in her Catholic faith. Jane and Duke spent three wonderful years traveling the U.S., until Duke's passing in 2005.

"Nanny" Jane loved hearing her son Kevin play the drums; her best friend Pat; bridge group (and won often!); having her hair and nails manicured; flowers; music (Barbra Streisand!), professional tennis; football; fuzzy navels; and, above all else, Days Of Our Lives. Each and every day she told her family she loved them "oodles and gobs."

And she really meant it.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband Duke Curran, her mother Velma Gardner, a son, Gregory Tanner, and her daughter, Melissa Jane Tanner.

Left to cherish Jane's memory are her son, Kevin (Janet) Tanner of Quincy; four grandchildren: Ryan (Jay) Tanner of Quincy, Bryson Tanner of Quincy, Tylen Tanner of Quincy, and Tevin Tanner of Quincy; seven great-grandchildren; and twelve step-children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Peter. There will be plenty of room for social distancing at the mass, but masks are required. Please wear your mask or one will be provided for you. Interment will be in Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Quincy High School Music Department.

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From:
Pam Redner
Quincy, IL
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Many prayers and my deepest condolences to Ryan and Jay. Jane was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
From:
Julie Baker
quincy, IL
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I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for your family.
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Kathy Jones
Quincy, IL
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Kevin, Janet & the rest of Jane's family so sorry for your loss. I know she was a very nice lady always had that smile. She has moved in to her Heavenly Home & now in peace
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Joan Queen
Palos Hills, IL
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Ryan, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She was always a joy to talk with and of course we had lots of talks about you and Alissa. ๐Ÿ˜˜. My heart goes out to you and your whole family. Love you! Joan
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Deborah and Dennis Powell
Quincy, IL
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Ryan and the Tanner family, we are sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during your time of loss and sorrow.
From:
David Scott
Broken Arrow, OK
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So sorry for your loss Ryan, please accept our condolences.
From:
Sherrie
Quincy, IL
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Bryson and Boys
I'm sorry to hear about nans passing. You are in my prayers always๐Ÿ™โค
From:
Kathleen Dooley
Quincy, IL
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Dear Ryan and the Tanner Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of “Nanny Jane.” She was a strong and determined woman who held her family together through the years. You have been devoted to her quality of life and happiness for many years. She was blessed to have such devoted and loyal grandchildren! The Lord Bless & Keep You All during this difficult time! ๐Ÿ™