Jane H. Tompkins
Jane H. Tompkins
  • September 18, 1929 - November 19, 2017
  • Madison, Mississippi

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Jane H. Tompkins, 88, passed away Sunday November 19, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. She passed away unexpectedly from pneumonia but lived a wonderful life and was loved by every person whose life she touched, especially those who were lucky enough to call her "Mama" or "Maw-Maw".
Visitation will begin at 9:30 Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Parkway and Memorial Gardens on Highland Colony in Ridgeland, MS. The service will follow at 10:30.

Jane was born in Monticello, Mississippi on September 18, 1929. She went to Monticello High and then to Mississippi College. While in Jackson, she met her husband Henry B. (Tommy) Tompkins, Jr. After being so struck by her beauty on a bus that he walked her home, they were eventually married in 1950. Jane worked for BellSouth as an operator and as a secretary but her real passion was her family. She and her husband produced three amazing children, Beverly, Glenda, and Henry; tons of spoiled rotten grandchildren, Bethany, Chester, Tommy (Haley), Cody (Rachel), Ryan, Miley, and Noah, and the much awaited great-grand children, Keaton and Paisley.

Jane played a huge role in all of her grandkids' lives. She and her husband were there to meet Bethany and Chester at the bus every day after school, keeping them until their parents left work. After her husband passed, her son moved in with her, bringing with him his sons, Tommy and Cody. And Jane, or Maw-Maw as she was called, got to do what she loved best, see her grandkids every day, even if some of those days required her to chase the boys around the house with a fly swatter. After they were almost grown, Henry re-married and a new set of grandkids were born. These kids brought with them a second lease on life. Jane had a special relationship with everyone she knew but was particularly close to her daughter-in-law, Beth Tompkins. Those two got on like Frick and Frack and it was hilarious to see them together. Jane played an especially important role in the lives of Ryan, Miley, and Noah, reading countless books and opening innumerable Sprites over the years. Her lap and her hugs will be forever missed by all the grands.

Jane loved her family but also loved the children she and her husband kept in their home for many years, her "babies. She also enjoyed listening to the home services from First Baptist Madison and her hymns. She was a kind and funny soul who was never without a smile and a laugh. She loved animals and a good infomercial. She was never without her Honeybees candy, even though no one liked it but her. She had a cellphone she only sometimes answered and had recently joined Facebook and would leave random comments, much to the delight of her grandkids. She wasn't one to mince words and could be, at times, unintentionally funny. Even at the end, she knew exactly what she wanted, when, where, and how.

Her family is comforted by the knowledge that Jane is happy and painless now, surrounded by the family she loves that has preceded her in death; her husband, Henry B. Tompkins, Jr., her daughter, Glenda, her parents, all of her siblings, her uncles, and aunts. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Tarpley (Joe), son, Henry B. Tompkins, III, various nieces and nephews, seven grandkids, two great grandchildren, and the love she gave to all of her family.