Jayne Elizabeth SearsAugust 18, 1923 ~ February 3, 2018 (age 94)
Jayne E. Sears 94, of Lynn Haven, passed away on Saturday Feb. 3rd at the Chester Sims Veteran’s Home.
Originally from Madison Wisconsin, Jayne moved to Bay Co in 1970 evenrtually settling in Lynn Haven with her husband of 56 years, Jack J. Sears. Jayne attended Madison East HS in Madison Wis.and left the University to Wisconsin to join the Navy Waves during WWII where she was to meet her husband Jack at Pensacola Naval base. After selecting a life in the Air Force in 1949, Jayne and Jack spent the next 30 years as an military family living and raising their family in such varied places as Japan, Georgia, Florida, Morocco, Maine, California, New Mexico and Germany.
Jayne’s rich international and global experience, as well as her love of travel led her in 1974 to buy Nervig Travel Service on Harrison Ave.and turning it into Bay Country’s largest most successful travel agency. Until age 91 Jayne was traveling and working at the business she loved so much.
Jayne is survived by her daughter Rebecca A. Sears of Washington DC, her son Allen J Sears (Stephanie Motley) of Lynn Haven and granddaughter Caitlin J. Carney of Colorado Springs CO. Her husband Jack preceded her in death in 1998.
Jayne always stayed active and involved wherever they were stationed. Beginning in Morocco in the 1950’s and continuing here in Bay Co, she gave over 30 years of service as a Red Cross Volunteer and Instructor. While living at Sidi Slamane AFB in Morocco she worked for the Armed Forces Radio Network doing a weekly radio show called Woman’s World as well as children’s radio shows.
Jayne was passionate about supporting local business and served for over 15 years on the Downtown Improvement Board. She was a member of the PC Woman’s Club, the Bay Co Democratic Party, The Panama City Yacht Club and was one the the first woman invited into Rotary International. She a member for over 20 years in the Lynn Haven Rotary and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2012.
She was an active member of the Lynn Haven United Methodist church where she led and organized many senior activities and trips such as annual trips to Swamp Gravy and to Alabama for the re-enactment of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
As a lifelong animal lover, her family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Panama City Humane Society or Panama City Rescue Mission.