Jane “Janie” Hamilton Ogles was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world on November 22, 2021, dying of natural causes at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 98. Janie was a retired elementary school teacher, and in addition to her loved ones, her many students will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
She was born to Roger and Elizabeth Beasley Kittrell on November 16, 1923. After graduating from high school, Janie completed her degree in home economics at Vanderbilt University before she met her husband, Charles Martin Ogles. Together, they had 2 children: Cathy and Marianne.
Janie loved spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious meals for her family. She most enjoyed entertaining friends over dinner. As she aged, intricate dinner parties transitioned into informal visits from neighborhood children, who would gather around her kitchen for after-school treats, to include her well-loved and never duplicated fudge cake.
Janie’s pride was in her family, which undoubtedly included her close friends, her neighbors, and her students; she shared her passion for learning with thousands of children over the years. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Janie. She loved visiting regularly with the beloved ladies in her “lunch bunch,” and she found beauty in the outdoors, every season. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her personality was vivacious as it was strong-willed, and her independence and zest for life was quickly conveyed in interactions with everyone she met. Janie is survived by her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom owe a great debt of gratitude to Blanchie West, who stayed vigilantly by Janie’s bedside so that she could live out her last days in the sanctity of her own home, in accordance with her last wishes.
A funeral service is scheduled for 12 p.m. on November 26, 2021, at Crestview Cemetery in Gallatin, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to the Belmont United Methodist Church, Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center, or to the Daughters of the American Revolution.