Thursday, September 13, 2018

RIP Jane Fenton

Modesto Bee
September 14, 2018
Jane F. Fenton
March 8, 1928 - September 5, 2018

Jane Fischer Fenton passed away on September 5th at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, at the age of 90. She was born on March 8, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri to Mildred and George Kemmet.

She married Robert "Bob" Fenton in 1956 after they had a whirlwind romance, introduced on a blind date by their dearest friends, Joan and Stan Lee.

Jane and Bob resided in New York before moving to California in the mid-sixties, with their three daughters Lindsay, Brooke, and Kimberly.

Jane had several careers during her lifetime, but her passions were the arts, acting, theatre, and Broadway Musicals. As a classically trained actress and dancer she performed in productions on Broadway, also having roles in famed movies as Athena, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, and Red Shoes. Before moving to Modesto, Jane worked for the William Morris Agency, and was featured in numerous commercials.

After moving to Modesto with her family, Jane was Bob's social coordinator for the family radio stations. Jane immersed herself with the Family Service League, Doctor's Medical Foundation, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Stanislaus Arts Council, VIVA, Modesto Garden Club, and was a Docent at the McHenry Mansion and helped to beautify the ground's gardens.

Jane enjoyed the State Theatre, the Modesto Symphony, and her audio books. Jane loved spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was also an attendee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

She enjoyed her weekly "Think Tank Group" at the Velvet Creamery to discuss today's hot topics as Jane was known for being a great conversationalist.
Jane is remembered for her wonderful stories, great talent, wit, style, and timeless beauty. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, daughter Brooke, and brother John. Jane is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Jim Meikle, daughter, Kimberly Kaiser, grandchildren, Sarah Davis and Ben Meikle, two great- grandchildren, two brothers Hunter and Ralph Kemmet, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jane's memory can be made to the McHenry Mansion or Juline School of Dance.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

FENTON, Jane (Jane F. Fenton)
Born: 3/8/1928, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 9/5/2018, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Jane Fenton’s western – actress:
Oklahoma! – 1955 (dancer)

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