building a successful career in real estate. Working full-time, Jane discovered that she had less time to plan and cook good meals. When she retired, Jane designed a cookbook which, as state in the book's dedication, was "inspired byseeing the need for such a book for all women, who try to juggle a career, community service, wife, mother, hostess, meal planning and housekeeping." What's for Dinner, a collection of menus with recipes for thirteen weeks, was organized in a three ring binder, allowing for the recipes to be removed, undercutting the need for a grocery list. The cookbook was published, enjoyed some local success and was favorably reviewed in The St. Petersburg Times.
In 2005 Jane, at 80 years old, moved to Park Springs Communities in Stone Mountain, GA to be near her daughter and family in Atlanta. As hard as it was for Jane to leave St. Peter after 50 plus years, shed jumped into life at Park Springs, making close friends and rediscovering her love for bridge. Her declining health in the last few years required a move to Cobblestone, the skilled nursing facility of Park Springs. No longer able to play bridge, she became quite the competitor at afternoon bingo! It was here at Cobblestone that Jane would live out her days under the attentive and loving care of the staff that always made sure she got her beloved cup of coffee with all meals and of course, that she made it to bingo. Jane, my mom, left us March 3rd to embark on her next grand adventure, now free to live without limitation and savor her morning coffee with two sweet and lows, a touch of milk but not thickener!
Frances Jane Bishop McCreary is survived by her daughter, Dr. Pamela McCreary Battey, her son-in-law, Dr. Louis L. Battey, her granddaughter, Samantha Bishop Battey of Atlanta, GA, as well as two nieces, Frances Anne Johnson Ogletree of Crossville, TN and Pat Thurmond Wade of Union City, TN. Jane will be laid to rest alongside her parents and siblings in her hometown of Dyersburg, Tennessee Saturday, March 12th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Park Springs Foundation, 500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, which funds educational scholarships for employees.
Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, 1984 St. John Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.curryfuneral.com.