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06/14/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Jane Saunders McMurran

Jane Saunders McMurran
(d. 10 June 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1935

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news inexorably continues.  
 Jane Saunders McMurran, Class of 1935, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the age of 95.

   She was the daughter of longtime superintendent of Newport News Public Schools,   Joseph Henry Saunders, for whom Saunders Stadium was named.

From the Daily Press - 06/14/15:   

                   Jane Saunders McMurran


NEWPORT NEWS - Jane Saunders McMurran, retired librarian and faithful long-standing member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church died Wednesday June 10, 2015 at age 95.

Jane graduated from Newport News High School in 1935 and William and Mary in 1939. She worked as a librarian at Hampton High School and also Warwick High School. She was the first president of the Junior League.

Her son George K. McMurran, Jr., 4 nieces, 9 nephews, 2 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren survive her.

Hospitality and service were the keynotes of Jane's life. Ever the gracious hostess who loved cooking and entertaining, she and Keith McMurran, her late husband, created a home and a life that held service to others as their main focus and their delight.


 Jane Saunders McMurran

Jane will long be remembered as a garden lover, happily gathering her daffodils that would soon grace the altar or another's table. She was an avid tennis player and sailor as she and Keith pursued the water adventures on the James River. She loved traveling with her husband and friends to many countries in Europe and Asia.

Jane was a constant source of energy and spiritual resource at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She held positions of leadership in that faith community for many years, and was the first woman senior warden of their vestry leadership.

In recent years Jane could be found reading aloud to her friends at the Chesapeake Retirement Community. She frequently had a gathering of men and women who listened to her voice as she brought the outside world in to them with the newspaper or a piece of literature. Literature was a standard in her home as a child whose father read to her.

Her father was Joseph Henry Saunders, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools for 25 years.

A Celebration of Jane's life will be held at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport News on Thursday June 18, 2015 at 2PM.

The family requests donations may be made to the Diocese of Southern Virginia Cursillo Community or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newport News, in lieu of flowers. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press on June 14, 2015. 

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June 14, 2015
I was sorry to learn of Jane's passing. I hope to be able to attend the service but I am slightly handicapped with walking.

~ Jane McMurran Gresham, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. McMurran's family and friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Text by Martin Janus (1832-1909), 1661
English version (which does not correspond to the original German) probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930)

Music by Johann Schop (@1590-1667)
Arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (31 Mar 1685 – 28 July 1750), 1723

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" lyrics courtesy of - 11/17/10

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