Mary Jane Leake Combs
Saturday 7th of May 2022
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
533 East Main Street, Lexington, KY
Mary Jane Leake Combs, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Jane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of her childhood in Cincinnati and lived most of her adult life in her beloved Lexington, Kentucky.
Jane was an adventurous spirit who placed a high value on education. She went back to school in the early 1970’s to complete her BA in Education at the University of Kentucky - even though she was a mother of four young children at the time. Jane was an avid reader, and enjoyed participating in numerous book clubs throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling. Jane has been to all fifty states. And with Kilmer, her loving husband of 49 years, Jane enjoyed trips to far away destinations, including Australia and New Zealand, Tahiti, Europe and Costa Rica.
Jane also believed in the importance of giving back – a passion she passed on to her children and grandchildren. For over twenty-five years, Jane served as a volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass, helping families navigate difficult end-of-life decisions. She was a proud member of the Lexington Women’s Club and volunteered in a variety of ways at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Jane also delivered meals to shut ins for Meals on Wheels and recorded audiobooks for the Central Kentucky Reading for the Blind.
Throughout her life, Jane always had many dear friends. She had a special way of making others feel at ease. Many have been touched by her kindness.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, C. Kilmer Combs – a senior partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs law firm- and her son-in-law Michael Warren. She is survived by four children, Mike Combs of Lexington, Kentucky, Celia Warren of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Reverend Bill Combs (Jennifer) of Buford, Georgia, and Cathy Laba (Wally) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Jessica Eldridge(Dylan), Anne Warren, Emily Combs and Sam Combs, and one great-grandchild, Oliver Eldridge.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Jane’s service arrangements. A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Tuesday, May 17th at noon. Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice, St. Jude’s or Kentucky Educational Television.
To share a remembrance of Mrs. Combs or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Dear Mike, Celia, Bill and Cathy, When I entered your apartment on Centre Parkway in 1972, I felt at home. Your mom welcomed me with open arms and humor. Throughout the years, spending the night at your house, whether at the apartment or at the house off Alumni Drive, became the happiest remembrances of my childhood. Much of that was due to your mom! The humor and fun in your household was special and I was lucky, very lucky, to be included. Your mom and my mom became and remain friends. Your mom has brought joy to my mom even as your mom suffered. She is one of the most amazing people I have met and left a profound influence on my life. I strived to make my home joyful--even though I definitely lack your mom's (and Cathy's) wonderful sense of humor. I thought of her often as crazy things happened in my household with my children, and was able to laugh and enjoy the moments. Your mom brought light everywhere she went. Thank you for sharing her with me!!!