Jane Ardena (Gilmore) Redman Johnson
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On Dec. 27, 2020, God, in His infinite wisdom, called our beloved Jane Ardena (Gilmore) Redman Johnson, who was affectionately known to her children as “Mom and Mommy” and to her grandchildren as “Granny”.
Jane was born on Nov. 5, 1931, to her loving parents, the late Mervin and Freda Gilmore. She was a native of Petersburg, W.Va., where she attended Petersburg public schools. In later years, she received her cosmetology license, as well as a certificate in microbiotic cooking to assist cancer patients.
Jane was a faithful servant of God and a member of Zion Apostolic Christian Memorial Temple in Petersburg, Va. The late Bishop Samuel Wright Sr., was her pastor. Jane served on and in various committees and ministries, which included the Pastor’s Aide Ministry, the Usher Ministry, the Senior Choir and Women’s Choir (she wrote solo songs to sing in the choir and songs for the choirs to sing), and Christian Education, where she also wrote Christmas plays, skits and poetry. Lady Jane Redman Johnson, as she was known at Zion Apostolic Christian Memorial Temple, had a heart full of love and compassion for helping anyone in need. She served and attended Zion faithfully until her health began to decline.
Along with her parents, Jane was preceded in death by four sisters, Viola Redman (James) of Petersburg, W.Va., Arbrela Crites (Lester) of Petersburg, W.Va., Hosanna Barnes (Robert) of Rochester, N.Y. and Doris Walker (Lewis) of Winchester, Va.; and one brother, Henry Caryle Gilmore of Petersburg, W.Va.
Jane leaves to cherish her memory five children, Charles Gilmore Sr. (Irene) of Phoenix, Ariz., Sharon Crockett (Raymond) of Petersburg, W.Va., Joyce Riley (Alvin) of Roanoke, Va., Andrew Redman (Barbara) of Norfolk, Va. and Mark Redman (Kimberly) of Petersburg, W.Va.; one sister, Nellie Redman of Fisher, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren, Gary Gilmore, Patricia Gilmore, Andrea Jackson, Charles Gilmore Jr., Shan Gilmore, Pamela McElroy, Andre Redman, Andrea Howell, Cynthia Jernigan, Andrew Redman Jr., Travis Redman and Samirah White; three devoted grandchildren, Nannette Taylor, Kymberly Scott and Kya Taylor; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; along with a host of other relatives and friends, among them Lillie Wilson, Marcella Macklin and Kathleen Ampy.
A graveside services were Saturday morning at Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, W.Va.
Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneral home.com. (1-5-21)