“Life boils down to loving God and loving people.” -Jane Lott
Jane Hillsman Lott was born January 27, 1931 in Monessen, Pennsylvania to George and Hazel Hillsman, and peacefully entered her heavenly “home”—as she affectionately called it—on December 18, 2021.
Her most memorable growing-up years were in Pulaski, Virginia with brothers Pete and Bill. She earned her teaching degree from Penn State University where she met and married George Lott, then enjoyed teaching first and second graders until having children of her own. She “loved being a stay-at-home mom” and recalled these years to be some of the happiest of her life.
Jane was a woman of many gifts and talents—teacher, singer, intercessor, encourager, gardener, poet, painter (published poems and paintings in her book Ode to Joy
). But she was most passionate about ministering to those in need. There was no one she couldn’t reach—whether underprivileged children, elderly who were alone, teens in trouble, the incarcerated, pastors or missionaries needing support, Llanfair workers needing encouragement, homeless people needing food, and others more than can be named here. She was a giver and a joy-bringer.
Jane is survived by her brother Bill, and her 4 children—Bruce (wife Jennifer), June (husband Greg), David (wife Brenda), and Jenn. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren—Sarah, Adam, Levi, Blake, and Jordan, and 5 great-grandchildren—Noah, Mia, Landyn, Nolan, and Miles.
Jane will be laid to rest in the “Old Rugged Cross” area of Arlington Memorial Gardens. It was her wish that, instead of flowers, donations be sent to Matthew 25: Ministries ( https://m25m.org/
), an international organization whose mission is to care for the poorest of the poor.
In lieu of a memorial service, the family is creating a pamphlet honoring Jane’s life, that will be mailed or made available through her churches. The family is also requesting 2-minute cell phone video tributes, or hand-written notes (story, humor, or meaningful connection) for those who would like to share, which we will post later online.
Please send video, note, or request for Jane’s book Ode to Joy
, to: firstname.lastname@example.org