Jane F. David

Long-time resident of Monte Vista, Jane F. David, 97, passed away Nov. 5, 2021, at her home in Monte Vista, following a lengthy illness.

Jane was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Tonganoxie, Kan., to Edward Otto Freienmuth and Jeannette Still Freienmuth. Jane moved to Monte Vista with her family in the early 1926 to farm. In 1933, at age 8 her father passed away, leaving her mother to raise Jane and her two brothers, Edward and Byron Otto.

She was a graduate of Alamosa High School in 1942 and attended Kansas University, where she became an avid Jayhawk basketball fan before returning to the San Luis Valley due to health reasons.

She married Dwight David on July 31, 1948 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Alamosa, Colo. They raised three children on their family farm, west of Monte Vista. Jane attended Adams State College, where she obtained her Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education. Jane taught elementary education in the Monte Vista School District for 25 years having a positive influence on many students before retiring.

Jane was involved in many different community organizations. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and the professional society for women educators, Delta Kappa Gamma. She was initiated into PEO Chapter AE, Alamosa in 1947 and was a current member of Chapter HQ, Monte Vista.

More than anything else, Jane enjoyed being with her family. She was especially fond of time spent at the family cabin in South Fork, as well as frequent visits to Campo La Roca in Baja California, Mexico.  Jane was an avid reader, enjoyed birdwatching, stargazing, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and card playing. Jane enjoyed watching college sports, especially college basketball and the Little League World Series.

Jane loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — who loving call her “Grammer”. Her family thought of her as a woman of strength, principles, common sense, sincerity, goodness, and wisdom.

Jane is survived by her children, Byron (Judy) David of South Fork, Colo., Nina (Phil) Smartt of Monte Vista, Colo., Bill (Cindy) David of Peoria, Ariz., as well as nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dwight and brothers, Edward and Byron Otto.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Monte Vista Cemetery in Monte Vista, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Carnegie Public Library, Monte Vista, Colorado, in memory of Jane David.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort for Jane’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.