T. Jayne's Story
T. Jayne (Spear) Bain's earthly life ended Aug. 24, 2017. She was born in New Albany, Indiana to Homer and Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Spear on Feb. 9, 1929.
Her mother died when Jayne was just five years old, and as her father traveled with the Merchant Marine, she was raised by a series of aunts and uncles, mostly Leon and Aline Bohart in Indianapolis. She graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and worked at L. S. Ayres downtown.
In 1947, she married Albert Earl Bain, the WWII veteran and Wabash College student who lived across the street. Al and Jayne lived happily for 51 years until his death in 1998.
Throughout the years they lived in Indianapolis and several surrounding suburbs - Speedway, Brownsburg, Greenwood and Zionsville. They had three children: Elizabeth Alyne Casselman (Robert), Zionsville; Christopher Spear Bain, Greensburg; and Richard Earl Bain, Noblesville (deceased 2007).
In addition to Chris and Beth, Jayne is also survived by three grandsons and five granddaughters: Alex Casselman, Indianapolis; Brad Casselman (Ceciley Starkey), Danville; Chris Bain, Oldenburg; Sara Kelso (Greg), Greensburg; Tobi Cassino, Olive Branch, Miss.; Caryn Murdock (Matt), Noblesville; Robyn Hart, Brownsburg; and Laura Balentyne, Seattle, Wash., as well as 14 great-grandchildren. Jayne was predeceased by her brothers, H. Allen Spear and Russell Spear.
Jayne was highly creative as demonstrated through the art of shopping (really, she made it an art), sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, painting, gardening, floral arranging, home-decorating and entertaining, such as annual 4th of July extravaganzas or elegant candlelit dinner parties. Jayne had a keen intellect; if you asked her something that she didn't know, she would research the topic and report back next time she talked with you. She was a diligent genealogist, who traced her family back many generations; she was proud to have documented eligibility as a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her home was not complete unless there was a furry four-footed companion, or two, or more; most recently her beloved Maltese Mia, followed by a Manx named Miss Kitty.
Jayne was resilient and resourceful. She was witty and wise; she was stubborn, and she was a survivor. How else could a mostly wheel-chair-bound 88-year-old lady live independently? By amazing grace, she is at last, restored and resting peacefully.
According to Jayne's wishes, she was entombed with her husband Al at Crown Hill Cemetery, witnessed by family, on Aug. 28, 2017. Family will gather with friends to celebrate her life - to a Big Band Glenn Miller soundtrack - at a later date. Rather than flowers or donations, please share a fond memory of Jayne with her beloveds, and if you're able, enjoy an extra moment with your own dear mother.
Published on August 30, 2017