Jane Bickel Morris died April 30 in Fallbrook. She was born September 19, 1924, in Boonton, NJ, and spent most of her youth moving with her family throughout the north-eastern states. This childhood molded Jane’s distinctly sassy and independent personality. Jane adored her older sister Barbara and they remained devoted sisters throughout their long lives together.
Jane graduated with an early education degree from the University of Wisconsin. While Jane didn’t necessarily believe in sororities, she did become a proud member of Kappa Kappa-Gamma. Jane continued her education at the Bank Street College of Education in Greenwich Village, NY and began teaching. It was during this time that she met and fell in love with her lifelong partner Robert Morris.
Bob and Jane got to know each other while enjoying Bob’s passion for sailing and Jane’s love of New York City. Bob and Jane were married on July 15, 1950, in Skaneateles, NY. Their four boys joined them shortly after marriage, the twins, Jed and Bill in 1952; John followed in 1953, and Chip was born in 1959. The family moved from New York to Glencoe, Ill. in 1965.
Shortly after moving to Glencoe, Jane left teaching and began her career at the Educational Testing Service. Jane would retire from ETS upon Bob and Jane’s move to Fallbrook in 1987. Jane fell in love with Fallbrook and it became her favorite home.
Jane had many talents including being a published poet, and playwright. “Partners” was produced and filmed by NBC in Chicago in 1985. Jane sketched and created beautiful needlepoints. She loved word games, playing cards, and enjoyed a beer at lunch.
Jane had a keen sense of wit and curiosity about life. She cherished her husband, her sons, their families and her friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Fallbrook Public Library.