Jane Elder (Hawkins) Pulley

Posted: Mon 10:15 AM, Feb 18, 2013
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
March 16, 1929 – February 15, 2013

Jane Pulley, 83, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas.

She was born in Evanston, Illinois and moved from neighboring Wilmette to Dime Box, Texas in 1937. Her family lived briefly in Marlin and Waco before settling in Brownsville, where her army doctor father, Winfred Hawkins, was head of the hospital at Fort Brown. When he was sent overseas during World War II, her mother, Beatrice, also a physician continued her pediatrics practice but also kept his allergy practice going until he returned.

Jane graduated from Brownsville High School in 1945. She attended Texas State College for Women, Southwestern, and the University of Texas, getting her BA in 1950. She taught math and science in Brownsville and Alice, Texas, and then attended Oklahoma State University, where she received her MS degree in a National Science Foundation program for high school science teachers. She taught at an Air Force high school in England and then came home to marry Paul Eugene (Gene) Pulley in 1958. She continued to teach in Stillwater, Oklahoma, DeSoto, Kansas, and finally for 13 years at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. She established the Science Fair program there, with A&M Consolidated winning "Best in Region" for many years and Jane accompanying students to 5 International Science and Engineering Fairs.

Jane helped organize a girls' softball league in College Station, and the Jane Pulley Softball Fields at Bee Creek Park were named in her honor for her work as "a community leader for girls' activities in the city." She was a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor for over 50 years, teaching everywhere she lived. She taught at Adamson Pool as a volunteer for many summers.

She was an active adult with Girl Scouts for over 45 years, receiving many awards from the Bluebonnet Council, including Thanks Badges I and II, honors reserved for those whose contributions to Girl Scouting are truly exceptional. She was very involved with Howdy Day Camp since 1975, having been Director 7 times. She was best remembered for her song leading, and the main campfire area at Camp Howdy was named "Jane's Singing Circle" in her honor. She also helped create the Foxfire program there, preserving and teaching pioneer skills and crafts. She was honored as a Woman of Distinction in 1998, an award to recognize good role models in their communities. Her son is an Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouting, and both daughters and three of her granddaughters earned their First Class or Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

Jane was active in many areas at A&M United Methodist Church since moving to College Station in 1967. She taught 8th grade Sunday school there for 33 years and most recently enjoyed leading songs for the preschoolers. She was a longtime member of the chancel choir and was an active member of the Brazos Valley Emmaus Community. She also participated with the Maroon and White Corps of the Wesley Foundation for over 20 years.

A breast cancer survivor, Jane was an enthusiastic volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, helping others cope with the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She was also known to many as Witch Pulley or Mrs. Wizard, performing "science magic" for schools, Scouts, and churches, a tradition carried on by her daughter, a science teacher herself. She also delighted in making appearances as Mrs. Santa at schools or at other Christmas events.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred Weeden and Beatrice Henrietta Weil Hawkins; her brother, Donald Winfred Hawkins; and her husband of 47 years, Paul Eugene Pulley, Jr.

Survivors include her son, Paul Winfred Pulley and wife Tina of Round Rock, Texas; daughter, Janene Elizabeth and husband Bruce Fowler of Oak Ridge North, Texas; and daughter, Emily Ann Pulley of New York City and College Station.

Surviving granddaughters are Marissa Janelle, Louisa Elizabeth, and Rebecca Annelyse Pulley of Round Rock and Kasey Jane and Lori Elizabeth Fowler of Oak Ridge North, Texas.

The family will greet visitors on Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Chapel of College Station, 2901 Texas Avenue South.

A memorial celebration of Jane's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive in College Station.

A scholarship in honor of Jane's legacy of service is being established with the College Station ISD Education Foundation for active Girl Scouts graduating from A&M Consolidated High School. Donations may be made to that endowment or to her favorite charities, including Habitat for Humanity or Heifer International.
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