Jane DeHaven Obituary

Jane A. DeHaven
Jane DeHaven
Jane A. DeHaven

December 7, 1959 - October 28, 2014
Born in Knoxville, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Jane Ann Edwards DeHaven, 54, of Des Moines passed away on October 28, 2014 after her hope-focused and courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully at Kavanagh House in Des Moines with family and friends at her side. Jane was a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, and a child of God.

Jane was born in Knoxville, Iowa on December 7, 1959 and grew up near Chariton. She is the third of four children born to her mother, Ruth Edwards, from Chariton and her father, William Edwards, who preceded Jane in death. Her siblings are Jerry (Marlene) from Chariton, Jim (Marlene) from Des Moines, and Joe (Luann) from Glenwood, Iowa.

The loves of her life were her husband of 29 years, Stephen DeHaven, and their much loved and adored daughter, Amy. Jane loved all of her family deeply, including her parents and siblings and the many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews from her side of the family and Steve's. Jane did not draw artificial boundaries in her definition of family, and so her love extended to a huge array of friends from her childhood, church, work and others across the country.

Jane graduated from Chariton High School in 1978 and moved to Des Moines to continue her education. She graduated from AIB with an AA degree and from Grand View College with her bachelor's degree. She earned her master's degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University. She worked in student and career services at Drake University, Grand View College and was the Director of Career Services at AIB College of Business in Des Moines since 2006. Jane's professional passion was connecting with students, building their leadership skills, and ensuring they fulfill their dreams at college and post-graduation. Jane was involved in several professional organizations including the Iowa State Personnel Association and the Career Professionals of Iowa, of which she served as President and Treasurer. She also served as Advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at AIB.

Jane was an immensely kind yet strong woman of deep faith and an active leader in her beloved church, First Christian Church in Des Moines. Over the years, she served as President, elder, youth leader, choir member, children's Sunday School teacher, and was instrumental in starting and leading the church's enormously successful Wednesday night LOGOS youth program. She also traveled and served as a trainer across the country for the national GenOn LOGOS ministry.

Jane, Steve and Amy loved traveling and camping together. She was proud of the many "stamps" she accumulated through the National Park Passport program.

Family will receive friends and family during a visitation Sunday, November 9 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines. A service of celebration will be held on Monday, November 10 at 3 pm also at First Christian Church, Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church to provide scholarships for the LOGOS children and youth ministry and in honor of Jane's life of service.

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Memorial Visitation
First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Sunday, November 9, 2014
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, November 10, 2014
3:00 PM


First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50311