Jane Elizabeth Baker Elliff, 85, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, following a brief illness.

Jane was born on Nov. 19, 1922, the youngest of five children to Elizabeth Ballard Baker and Japhet Jackson Baker, in Mathis. She graduated from Mathis High School in 1939, and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. She graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos in 1945. While at STSTC, she was voted one of the most beautiful girls on the campus.

Jane married Gerald Allen "Bud" Elliff, in 1945, and enjoyed 28 years of marriage until Bud's passing in 1973. They lived in Banquete until 1951, when they moved to Robstown to continue their education careers. Jane began teaching at the age of 18, and was proud to have been a teacher for 34 years when she retired, 27 of which were spent teaching second grade.

Following her retirement, Jane moved to Corpus Christi, where she had lived since 1981. For the past five years, she enjoyed living at Trinity Towers, where she made many new friends and renewed old acquaintances from her Mathis, Banquete, and Robstown days.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister and brothers, Elouise, Denzil, Aston, and Luke; her daughter-in-law, Mary; and many dear friends, especially Nedra and Mirth.

Jane is survived by four sons and their wives: Allen and Pam Elliff of Gaithersburg, Md., Fred and Becky Elliff of Tomball, Luke and Irene Elliff of The Woodlands, and Scott Elliff of Corpus Christi; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, Daniel, Brittany, Stephen, Brent, Lindsey, and Adam Elliff, Lisa Elliff Barnes, Laurie Fosher, and Ryan Brooks; 12 great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces and their families, W.D. "Bill" McNeill (Carolyn), Merilyn Harvey (Kenneth), Derrell Baker (Faye), and Kay Haines (Richard).

A graveside service for the family was conducted on Wednesday morning at Robstown Memorial Park. A memorial service celebrating Jane's life followed at First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi with the Rev. Gloria Lear officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church-Corpus Christi Memorial Fund.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home