Jane Inman Shirah died on March 21, 2017. She was the daughter of Benjamin Stinson Inman and Pearl McDonald Inman. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, she was educated in the Thomasville public schools. She attended the University of Georgia, Florida State University, and graduated from Valdosta State University.
For 65 years she was married to Dr. A. Jason Shirah, a minister in The United Methodist Church, serving alongside him in ways that endeared her to congregations wherever they went. She was a member of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah since 1976. She was a leader in her own right, serving as President of United Methodist Women in Wesley Monumental Church for two terms and as President of the Savannah District United Methodist Women for two terms. The Jane Shirah Circle of United Methodist Women in Wesley Monumental Church bears her name, which honors her devoted service. Two circles of United Methodist Women, the Monday afternoon group and the circle named for her were formed during her Presidency. She was a greeter at the sanctuary door on Sunday mornings at the worship service for many years and knew the congregation as well as her husband who was pastor.
Mrs. Shirah served as President of the Ardsley Park Garden Club and was active in the affairs of the Savannah Garden Club Council. Her interest and time were devoted to the Chatham County Garden Center on Eisenhower Drive. For a long time she served as Trustee of the White Rose Garden Endowment at the Garden Center. For several years she held membership on the Board of Directors of the Wesley Community Centers of Savannah under the auspices of the United Methodist Church. Having a lifelong interest in history, she served on the South Georgia Conference United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.
For a long expanse of time she worked with Historic Savannah Foundation and Gray Line Tours as a tour guide, exposing visitors to the beauty and history of the city that she loved. She was a member of the PEO women’s organization.
Mrs. Shirah carried her youthful buoyant spirit into her senior years always eager to bring encouragement and cheer wherever they were needed. Her family enthroned her in its affection; her husband said of her, “she was the finest person I have ever known.”
She is survived by four daughters and their husbands: Jane Shirah Stump (Robert), Fort Valley; Mary Shirah Snyder, Columbus; Anne Shirah, Excel, Alabama; Martha Shirah Brumbeloe (David), Cartersville; 10 grandchildren: Jason Stump (Jennifer), David Stump (Jennifer), Susanna Stump Zeigler (Sanford), Benjamin Snyder (Michelle), Mary Catherine Snyder Cox (Chris), Laura Snyder, Jane Inman Edenfield (Sharon), Allison Edenfield, Sarah Brumbeloe Lewis (Cameron), Christopher Brumbeloe; seven great grandchildren: Owen and Wyatt Stump, Jack and Caroline Stump, Benjamin and Annabelle Snyder, Manning Zeigler; one sister, Eleanor Inman Turrentine, Atlanta; one sister-in-law, Betty Ann Inman, St. Simons Island.
The funeral service was conducted at the Page Cemetery, Byromville, GA, on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Flowers gratefully received, or if preferred memorials: Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, Permanent Endowment Fund, 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401; Chatham County Garden Center, 1388 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, GA 31406; Wesley Community Center, 1601 Drayton St., Savannah, GA 31401.
The family would like to thank Brookside Glen, Gentiva Hospice, caregivers Margie Watley, Tammy Phillips, and Sherry Davis for their compassionate care.
Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com