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In Memory of

Jane Braddock Sipes

August 17, 1958 - September 6, 2017

Obituary


Nancy Jane Braddock came into this world August 17, 1958; and with her arrival brought more than a little light and sweetness to this world. The third child of Ed and Audrey Braddock, Jane was "miss personality". A constant source of joy, pride and frustration to her mom and dad. Being the youngest has many advantages, one of those being that your older siblings are responsible for everything you do. But Jane's "sweetness" soon won the hearts of even her older brother Eddie, who would actually take her along on dates with his bride to...

Nancy Jane Braddock came into this world August 17, 1958; and with her arrival brought more than a little light and sweetness to this world. The third child of Ed and Audrey Braddock, Jane was "miss personality". A constant source of joy, pride and frustration to her mom and dad. Being the youngest has many advantages, one of those being that your older siblings are responsible for everything you do. But Jane's "sweetness" soon won the hearts of even her older brother Eddie, who would actually take her along on dates with his bride to be Ruth. Later when she had mastered the techniques, she did the same with her sister Betty. Just imagine the fun!
Jane's life was to be one of challenges . Her first came at a very young age when she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes or what we now call Type 1. What would be a show stopper for some; Jane refused to allow this terrible disease to define her. As a youngster, she practiced giving herself often painful shots so she could attend sleepovers and camps like other kids. She never let it stop her, never let it slow her down. Courageous and faithful.
Jane attended Cherokee elementary school in Memphis, then Sherwood middle school, and finally Elliston Baptist Academy, always excelling. She participated in cheerleading, was an editor of the schools annual, and missed a top spot in her graduating class simply because someone else took typing instead of algebra.
Like many young people, Jane received money from family and friends as her high school graduation gifts. Unlike many young people in the 70's she choose not to buy a typewriter, (since she could always use her older sister's) but instead to purchase a stereo. That shopping trip led to meeting her stereo salesman / future husband for 39 years, Rick. Luckiest day ever for him, commission and pretty girl at once.
Jane and Rick soon became a pair, and two years later, after promising her parents she would finish college, Jane and Rick wed on a humid May evening in 1978.
Jane kept her promise, graduating early with honors from Memphis State University in December of 1980. Little did she know when graduating, she carried her son Kevin across the stage while accepting her diploma. After a difficult pregnancy which included facial paralysis and daily, trips to her physician, Kevin arrived July of 1981. The paralysis went away soon after. Again, she never complained, never regretted, was courageous and faithful.
Jane's career path took her in an unexpected direction. Graduating in broadcast journalism, she worked at WHBQ-TV then in a pioneering role at WYPL, where she became involved with educational "tele-courses". That work led her to work in distance and online education, with both community colleges and universities. She established herself as a dedicated and experienced advocate for both students and faculty, becoming a go to person for many of her colleagues. While doing all this, and raising a son, with a husband often on the road, she earned a Master's in Education from the University of Memphis.
Jane's next major challenge would be a heart attack at age 41 caused by decades of diabetes. Triple bypass and in years to come multiple stints. Still she never let that define her. Then came the next challenge. A diagnoses of Multiple Sclerosis. But that would not stop her. After a recent MRI, a neurologist who didn't know Jane asked "how long has she been wheelchair bound?" to which our son replied .. "she's still walking" . I'll never forget his stunned face. She remained courageous and faithful.
The events of August 25th started like any other day, but ended in sadness and worry. Jane fought while we prayed and at times attempted to bargain with God for her return. It was not in God's plan, and she was needed. On September 6th 2017 she left us, and a little light and sweetness left this world. But true to God's promise, her replacement had already arrived. In the form of two grandchildren, Brayden and Audrey, who were the light of her life, bundles of light and sweetness, Brayden sharing her initials and Audrey the namesake of Jane's mother. I'll close with this . Audrey IS "miss personality".

Jane was a child of Our Lord Jesus Christ. She was a longtime member of Hope Presbyterian Church, Sunday School Teacher, Small Group Leader, and Deacon. She was past president of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education, past president of American Women In Radio and Television, and most importantly, a loving Mother and Wife. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Rick, son Kevin, daughter-in-love Melanie, and grandchildren Brayden and Audrey and a wonderful family of cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Ed, mother Audrey, brother Eddie and sister Betty.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation and Memorial service will take place on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m., at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 3700 N. Germantown Pkwy 38133. Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund in Jane's memory. Tennessee Tech University Jane Sipes Memorial Scholarship P.O. Box 1915 Cookeville, TN 38505