Let Jane be forever in our hearts.
  • 69 years old
  • Born on April 5, 1949 in Big Rapids, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on September 20, 2018 in Federal Way, Washington, United States.

This memorial was created in honor of Jane Ellen Leeson-Jackson of Federal Way, Washington.

Jane was born on April 5, 1949 in Big Rapids, Michigan and died on September 20, 2018 at the age of 69, at her home in Federal Way. Her death was due to cancer.

Jane’s parents were Robert Edward Leeson and Ruth Eileen (Wilkinson) Leeson of Baldwin, Michigan, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Geoffrey Jackson.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Normandy Park United Church of Christ in Normandy Park, Washington. All are welcome to attend. Rather than purchasing florist shop arrangements, please consider memorial contributions to the following organizations or to the charity of your choice:

- University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance
- Normandy Park United Church of Christ Music Program
- Jump Into Music

Jane was loved by many and will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Please see the Life page for some of the highlights of her life. You can view some pictures on the Gallery page. More pictures will be added, so please visit this memorial again.

You are welcome to add memories on the Stories page.

Posted by Geoffrey Jackson on 1st January 2019
This is the link to a video recording of Jane's memorial service. It was captured via cell phone and the church's wifi to a YouTube live stream, so there are some video glitches and the sound quality is somewhat uneven. But the entire service is recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWEnDPI2qJU
Posted by Leslie D on 6th December 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Death is an enemy for all of us. The Bible says in Revelation 21:4 death will be no more. I hope this future promise will give you some comfort.
Posted by Donna Schreiber on 12th November 2018
When I was the Chaplain at Valley Medical Center, Jane did her music practitioner intership. It was a challenge to set it up because of all the red tape, but she did it. She was a blessing to the patients, families and staff.
Posted by Miller Sigmon on 11th November 2018
This is sad news.... She left us much too soon..........!
Posted by Carolyn Eller on 10th November 2018
How I will miss seeing Jane sitting in front of me every week in the Rainier Symphony, playing flute and clarinet duets, visiting in person and on the phone, and other things that good friends do. She helped me feel more at home in a new orchestra, and cheered me up when I had an injury that kept me from playing my clarinet for a few months. I will always remember the good times we had.
Posted by Shari Muller-Ho on 9th November 2018
Jane was an incredible human being. She was caring, kind, and phenomenally dedicated to everything she did, especially as a musician. I am so grateful that she was in my life almost from the time I moved to Seattle about 20 years ago, and I will miss her more than I can ever say.
Posted by Timothy Jackson on 8th November 2018
Jane was a very kind and talented person, she will be missed by all. Our sincere condolences. Tim and Janet Jackson
Posted by Carole Glenn on 7th November 2018
We are so sad to learn of Jane's passing. She was a lovely person and marvelous musician! She will be sorely missed!
Posted by Cheryl Zabel on 6th November 2018
Our sincere condolences on Jane's passing. As Jane's Area Coordinator at Music for Healing and Transition Program, I was honored to work with her. Jane was a bright, funny and amazingly talented therapeutic musician. She will be missed very much. Hugs to all of you in this time of sorrow.
Posted by James Whitehead on 6th November 2018
Jane was a cheerful, generous, skilled, and purposeful music colleague. Her quiet good humor and energy fed all of us. Though I knew her for only a short time, I'll miss that and remember her fondly.
Posted by Geoffrey Jackson on 5th November 2018
Dear Friends, The memorial service for my wife, Jane Leeson-Jackson, will be this coming Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The location is: Normandy Park United Church of Christ 19247 1st Ave S Normandy Park WA 98148 All are welcome to attend. I will set up a YouTube live stream for the service. I’ll be using my cell phone, so it depends on getting a good cell signal at the church. The stream will be titled “Jane’s Memorial” and located here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjKUwLdddmLs6aps2pYg71A?view_as=subscriber
Posted by Dara Green on 30th October 2018
Condolences from Brett and Dara、very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. She will be deeply missed by many members of SGI-USA、Highline District.
Posted by Emma Greer on 28th October 2018
We were blessed to be neighbors of Jane and Geoff's in Federal Way. I often got to hear Jane's beautiful flute music from our home. This always brought a sense of comfort and joy for me, reminding me of the years when I played the flute in school. Jane was always a kind, friendly neighbor. She always took a moment out of her day to chat and see how we were doing. I admired her zest for life and music, even in retirement! Praying for comfort for her friends and family.
Posted by Rachel Greenspan on 16th October 2018
I'm so sorry to learn of Jane's passing. She was a wonderful musician and Friend. I met Jane through the SGI Nichiren Buddhist community about 20 years ago when we both chanted and performed several times for Buddhist events at our beautiful Culture Center in SeaTac. I introduced Jane to the MHTP and I was delighted when she became a CMP. Jane had a big and caring heart, which she lovingly shared with everyone who was fortunate to hear her play her flute. I'm chanting for her eternal happiness, and for Geoff and family. NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO.
Posted by Susan Chung on 13th October 2018
We met Jane in the fall of 2011 when our 10 year-old daughter decided she wanted to play the flute. Grace has autism and for three first few weeks of band, she couldn't grasp how to get a sound out of her flute. In desperation, I called a local music store and asked for recommendations for a private flute teacher. Jane was such a God send for our family. She had experience with special education students and was the perfect match for us. Under Jane's instruction, Grace's musical skills improved and Grace played in the school band and sometimes church orchestra throughout high school. Jane also taught Grace piano. She was so patient and kind. I hope we were able to convey to her what a blessing she was to our family. Music gave Grace a way to belong to a group and was her social connection through her school years. Grace had her last lesson with Jane in June and we were shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. I feel sure she is making beautiful music in heaven now. We are praying for comfort for her family. David, Kay, and Grace Chung
Posted by Cindy Hsu on 11th October 2018
I never heard Jane play the beautiful music that was so dear to her, but I always witnessed her smile. She had a very generous and kind spirit and it was always on display whenever we would meet. I'm so very glad I had the of privilege of knowing her, if even as a neighbor for all these years. Prayers for her friends and family.
Posted by Miller Sigmon on 7th October 2018
Jane Leeson was a wonderful person..and I considered her a friend during our years at the U of M. I have good memories of our time in the Symphony Band...including the 1971 European Tour...She will be missed.. My sincere condolences to her family..

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