Elizabeth Jane Lassen
Elizabeth Jane Lassen
  • May 9, 1953 - October 21, 2017
  • Yorktown, Virginia

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It is with real sadness that the family of Elizabeth Jane Lockwood, announce her passing on October 21, 2017. Jane, predeceased by her parents, James Lockwood, Sr. and Betty Jane Doggett Lockwood, was born in Hampton, Virginia on May 9, 1953.

She enjoyed a charming childhood on the waterfront of Tomahawk Road and attended Hampton Roads Academy before transferring her allegiance to Salem College in North Carolina. In her sophomore year, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and became one of the first survivors of Medulloblastoma. Jane was determined to live, finish college, and enjoy a fruitful life that included a family. She was a gifted artist who found refuge through the discipline and color of her art to overcome the challenges in her life.

Jane is survived by her former husband, Thor Lassen; their daughters, Whitley, married to Gerard Niemira of Denver and Kate, married to Liam McDonald, of Seattle; her grandchildren, Olaf and Kaia McDonald; her brother, James Lockwood, Jr. and his family; and her sister, Marsha Lockwood Zanks and her family. The family thanks the staff of Regency Health and Rehabilitation Center for the extraordinary care and love they have given to Jane and her family over the last year.

A private service will be held to celebrate Jane's amazing strength and perseverance.

The family asks that you take a walk on the beach with your loved ones, dance in the moonlight to a Motown song, or make a toast to enduring relationships - lifelong and beyond to celebrate Jane's life.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.