Jane Warren Alling Heisel, 75, of Decatur, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jane was born April 24, 1939, in the Presidio of California in San Francisco to Major Emery E. Alling, M.D. and wife Lois B. Alling. Graduating from Abilene High School in 1957, she attended the University of New Mexico and Tobe Coburn School in New York City with a vision to become a ladies’ clothing buyer.
She worked in the retail industry for several years in Seattle, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and Denver. She was married to Greg Heisel and settled in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Colo. She changed careers to secretarial and bookkeeping work for an accountant and charitable Christian organizations such as Young Life. After becoming single again, she moved to Rio Rancho, N.M. where she retired.
Jane was a born-again believer and longtime member of the Episcopal Church, which she loved, served and attended faithfully. She had a beautiful voice and used it to glorify her Savior.
She was afflicted with Alzheimer’s six years ago and moved to Texas to reside in assisted living and full-care facilities, mostly in Wise County. She was known as the “singing lady” at her last earthly residence at The Hills.
She is survived by her brother, James Alling, and his wife, Janis, of Decatur; nephew Jefferson Alling, M.D. and wife, Natalie, of Decatur, the parents of her great-nephews and nieces Nathan, Jonathan, Hannah and Sarah; niece J’Lynn Congdon and husband, Ardy, of Highland Village and his son, Lee, of Denton; as well as several cousins in Michigan, North Carolina and Alabama.
Jane’s family thanks Solaris Hospice, her doctors, nurses and attendants who were all wonderful, with special gratitude to The Hills staff which faithfully cared for her for three years. They also expressed appreciation to the faithful ministry of the laymen and ladies of the Decatur Church of Christ, who minister each Sunday morning at The Hills. That service was each week’s highlight for Jane.