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WASP Jane Brownfield Shirley, 44-W-5

Jane Brownfield Shirley

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Friday, April 04, 2008
Story last updated at 4/4/2008 - 2:23 am

Services for Leta Jane Brownfield Shirley, 86, of Lubbock and formerly of Brownfield will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the former Brownfield First Presbyterian Church, 1002 E. Broadway, Brownfield, with family members officiating. Burial will be in Terry County Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.

Jane passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Lubbock. Jane was born March 17, 1922 in Brownfield to Alfred Marion and Seleta Jane Brownfield. Her home, while growing up, was what is now the Terry County Heritage Museum. Jane graduated from Brownfield High School. She then attended Texas Tech University. During her junior year at Tech, Pearl Harbor was bombed, and the following fall she went to work at Consolidated Aircraft in Ft. Worth. In 1943 Jane joined Jacquelyn Cochran's Women's Air Force Service Pilots group and was sent to Avenger Field in Sweetwater for training. She was a WWII WASPS Veteran. Jane was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005 in Galveston, Texas. While in training, Jane met Lt. John Edward "Jack" Shirley. They were married, July 6, 1944 in Hobbs, NM. He preceded her in death July 10, 1989. Jane invested in farming, ranching and banking ventures. She was a member of the Brownfield First United Presbyterian Church.

Jane is survived by her four children, Pamela Jane Crowe and her husband Richard of Buckholts, Texas, Liza Jane Morell and her husband Mike of Bremerton, Wa., Nancy Jane Clark of Port Orchard, Wa., and John Brownfield Shirley and his wife Tammy of Snyder; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

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