Mary Jane “Janie” Hall was born Mary Jane Maddox on March 27th of 1941 in Boonville, Missouri. She was the only child of Raymond & Margorie Maddox. She loved her little dog Sissy and they enjoyed swimming and playing in the snow together. She had a fun-loving childhood that she continued to cherish through photos and memories.
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Mary Jane graduated from Boonville High School on May 21st, 1959 with her 77 other graduates. She was in the marching band and was a majorette. She graduated from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri on May 28th, 1961 with an Associate Degree in Arts. Her first day of college, she met one of her lifelong friends, Janie.
After college, Mary Jane started working for her father’s company Panhandle Eastern. This is where she started to be called Janie, the grown-up version of herself. Panhandle Eastern is where she met the 2nd Jaynee and they became the Janie trio. Doug Jones was an accountant at Panhandle Eastern and this crazy group is where it all began.
Janie and Doug were married on August 10th, 1961. They moved to Garden City, Kansas to be closer to Doug’s family in Deerfield. They had two boys, Todd and then Brett. In 1969 they moved to Littleton, Colorado to open a new Subaru dealership. They returned to Garden City 4 years later. Janie and Doug divorced in October of 1978.
Janie had an ongoing relationship with Earl Meairs from 1978 for close to 20 years.
Janie worked in Garden City for many years in the clothing industry. She worked at various women’s boutique shops throughout downtown on main street. She made a name for herself and soon knew all the downtown Garden City group. Eventually, she went to work for Marianne Miller at Wheatfields On Main boutique. She purchased Wheatfields on Main in 1983 and made it her own. She loved the clothing industry and always thought what you wore could make you feel better about yourself. She always thought you should be the best dressed in any situation. Women came from all over Southwest Kansas to shop at Wheatfields. She was so personable, and it was so easy for her to relate to people and understand what they were trying to dress for. She loved the challenge of making people feel better about themselves when they looked in the mirror. She was truly dedicated to Wheatfields and would go to the Dallas Apparel Market twice a year. She had a keen eye for new fashion and knew how to market her business. She would stagger each seasons clothing to come in at just the right time so the store always had fresh merchandise.
Janie married Jim Hall on September 12th, 2001. They eloped to Lake Tahoe with some friends and told the family after they had tied the knot. Janie and Jim’s family have become closer through the years and it all was for the better in the end. This year they would have celebrated their 20th anniversary.
Janie and Jim loved one another very much and you could see it all the way to the end. Enough that even Jim Hall was proud to be an owner of the best Dress Shop in Southwest Kansas. They kept both homes for several years and then eventually sold Wheatfields. They moved to the lake house in Stillwater and lived a very peaceful life in between the craziness that comes with family, friends, and life in general. Janie will be sadly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all extended family.
Janie was a wonderful person to know and she never knew a stranger. She will be deeply missed.