Jane Freeze Dyer, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on March 26. She was born in Nashville to the late William R. and Susie Lorene Damron Freeze.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jeff; her parents; brothers, Clark Freeze, Garth Freeze; and sister, Madolyn Patterson.
Jane is survived by her children, Jeff H. Dyer Jr. (Jody) of Knoxville, Jay R. Dyer (Subash) of London and Jennifer Dyer Holder (Wendall) of Brentwood; and four grandchildren, Ellie and Anna Kate Soares of Brentwood and Houston and Scotty Dyer of Knoxville. “Aunt Jane” was loved by her many nieces and nephews and their children.
Jane’s true spirit cannot be captured in words, as her personality was far too great for a 10-inch newspaper column.
A beloved wife, a cherished mother and a doting grandmother affectionately known as Boppy, she thrived taking care of her family and anyone she met. Her heart was big enough to love everyone, but her family was her true pride and joy.
Hospitality was certainly her gift, and she welcomed anyone who walked through her door. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, especially with her family, and rarely was a smile not stretched across her face.
She was a longtime member of Woodmont Christian Church and was active in several ministries and social groups. She often went on adventures with friends and hosting social lunches was a favorite pastime.
She was a breath of fresh air, a spirit that could not be tamed. She was a firecracker in every definition of the word, and she was unapologetically herself. She loved deeply, but none more deeply than her children. Her extended family includes many names because she never met a stranger. On the rare occurrence she did, they certainly weren’t a stranger very long.
The family will hold a private graveside service with a memorial celebration planned for later this year. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a memorial donation to JDRF Middle Tennessee. Jane was a longtime supporter and volunteer.