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In Memory of

Jane Callahan

February 18, 1946 - November 16, 2016

Obituary


Jane Augusta Dauenhauer Callahan, 70, of College Station, TX passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at home in the presence of her family.

Jane was born on Feb. 18, 1946, to Floy Burgess Perry and Floyd Lester Dauenhauer Sr. in Corpus Christi, TX. On April 27, 1973, she married Arthur Philip "Phil" Callahan in Dallas, TX. Jane was preceded in death by her mother in 2005 and by her father in 2006. Survivors include her husband, Phil; two daughters, Jennifer A. "Jenny" Callahan Weinberg and husband James W. "Jim" Weinberg, Bryan,...

Jane Augusta Dauenhauer Callahan, 70, of College Station, TX passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at home in the presence of her family.

Jane was born on Feb. 18, 1946, to Floy Burgess Perry and Floyd Lester Dauenhauer Sr. in Corpus Christi, TX. On April 27, 1973, she married Arthur Philip "Phil" Callahan in Dallas, TX. Jane was preceded in death by her mother in 2005 and by her father in 2006. Survivors include her husband, Phil; two daughters, Jennifer A. "Jenny" Callahan Weinberg and husband James W. "Jim" Weinberg, Bryan, TX, and Allyson Perry Callahan, College Station, TX; sister, Mary Ann Morton, Black Jack, TX; brother, Dr. Floyd Lester "Dan" Dauenhauer Jr., M.D. and his wife, Kristine, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jane was a diligent student and excelled in school. She graduated from Ray High School in Corpus Christi with Honors in 1964, from Del Mar Junior College in 1966 with an Associate's Degree in Business Admin., and from Texas Women's University (TWU) in 1968 with a B.S. in Business & Economics. While at Del Mar, Jane served as the Student Asst. for the Registrar and the Dean of Admissions (1964-66). At TWU, Jane worked as the secretary to the TX State President and as Intl. Treasurer of Delta Kappa Gamma (1967-68).

After graduation, she moved back to Corpus Christi and worked as Secretary to the Executive Director for the Coastal Bend Council of Govt. (1969-71). In 1971, Jane moved to Dallas, TX where she worked as the secretary to four audit managers for Arthur Anderson & Co. In 1972, Jane was the first person hired by John Scovell when he and Ray Hunt created Woodbine Development Co. to develop Reunion Tower and the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas. She served with great enjoyment as their office manager until 1976.

In 1976, Jane and Phil relocated to College Station, TX and Jane worked for the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University as the Century Club Secretary (1976-78). Together, Jane and Phil started several businesses over the years including Swensen's Ice Cream Factory (1979), the first Subway sandwich shop in Texas (1982), and RE/MAX BCS (1987). Jane preferred to work behind the scenes to keep things running and rarely sought credit for her family's successes. In 1977, Jane persuaded her parents to leave Corpus Christi and move to College Station so they would be close to their grandchildren, a move that would enrich the lives of numerous family members. In 1981, she retired from the business world becoming a full-time mom with the birth of her oldest daughter, Jenny. The duties of that job happily doubled in 1987 with the birth of their second daughter, Allyson.

Jane was very active in the lives of Phil and her daughters. She supported their every endeavor and helped in every way. Jane loved her children fiercely and always wanted what was best for them. She enjoyed travel - especially sharing adventures with her family. Trips to Europe, Mexico and various parts of the U.S. were a part of her daughters' education. Jane shared her mother's love of genealogy and spent countless hours tracing her family's origins. Jane was an avid reader and also loved to garden. She started every morning with a cup of black coffee and the daily crossword puzzle. In later years, especially, Jane enjoyed sharing many types of arts and crafts with Allyson, and they traveled all over Texas for various workshops. Over the last few years Jane admired and supported Jenny's efforts with All Border Collie Rescue (ABCR) and often held "doggie day care" in her home, not only for Jenny's and Jim's personal dogs, but also for their foster dogs. Jane, Phil, and Allyson eventually fell in love with and adopted one of those foster dogs, Tug, from ABCR in 2015.

Jane had a short but intense battle with an aggressive cancer that began in August, 2016. Jenny and Allyson provided constant care for her during this time. Jane never gave up the fight and always maintained a positive attitude the whole time. She encouraged her family members to pray, not just for a recovery, but also for acceptance of God's will.

Her family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Baylor Scott & White Clinic & Hospital, College Station/Temple and also the doctors and staff of MD Anderson, Houston. They also extend a special thank you to Traditions Healthcare for providing wonderful and loving home health and hospice care.

Services will be held on Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2901 S. Texas Ave, College Station, TX. A private graveside ceremony will be held prior. Following the services at Memorial, all are invited to a reception and celebration of life at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 906 George Bush Drive, College Station. Visitation will be Fri., Dec. 2, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the name of Jane A. Callahan to All Border Collie Rescue at www.allbordercollierescue.com or via mail to All Border Collie Rescue, P.O. Box 130251, The Woodlands, TX 77393. Alternatively, donations can be made to a hospice organization of your choice.