In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Jane V. Weller, 90

Jane Weller, 1930-2020

Jane V. Weller, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among Southeast Asian Affinity Peoples in Singapore and Malaysia, died June 29, 2020, at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She was 90.

Jane was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Vance, Alabama, to the late Columbus and Nina Vanoy. She attended Perry Business School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the evenings, and worked several years as a ward attendant at Bryce Hospital, Tuscaloosa. In 1951 she took the train to Washington, D.C. to work as clerk typist for the Department of the Navy. She and her friends met Jac Weller and friends at the movie theater one night and their walk home together resulted in walking the rest of their lives together. They married in 1953.

Although Weller had attended church at various times in her life, it wasn’t until she was 34 years old that she and Jac professed faith in Christ at First Baptist Church, Rockville, Maryland. Jac’s work at the Pentagon led to their being stationed in England, Okinawa and Thailand, where they were introduced to mission work. Jac retired from the Navy after a 20-plus-year career and the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) named them missionaries to Singapore in 1970. They worked in media, book publishing and churches in Singapore and then planted churches in Malaysia, completing a second career of 26 years.

After retiring, they returned to Tuscaloosa and were members of Calvary Baptist Church.

Weller was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Jac, who died in 2008, and her son of 27 years, Jonathan Weller. She is survived by her daughter, Janene Paramore (Steve), three grandchildren, and three siblings.

A service was held July 2, 2020, at Calvary Baptist Church with burial at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery in Vance, Alabama.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at

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