Obituary: Jane Myrick Hindsley, March 18, 2024

Jane Myrick Hindsley died peacefully on March 18, 2024 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family, friends, and the gift of music in her final days, a reflection of the cornerstones of her life.

Jane was born on November 8, 1941 in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois to William and Luella Myrick.  Their entire family, including older brother William “Sonny” Myrick, Jr., was musical.  Growing up, Jane’s primary instruments were piano and bassoon, which eventually led her to meet her future husband, Robert “Bob” Hindsley, in the University of Illinois Concert Band.  Jane played bassoon and sat near Bob, who played clarinet, both under the direction of Jane’s future father-in-law, Mark Hindsley.

Jane graduated with a degree in music education, focusing on choral music, and moved to the Homewood-Flossmoor community, where Bob was already teaching.  They married on August 14, 1965. Jane began serving as organist in 1963, first at Olympia Fields United Methodist Church and later at St. Andrew United Methodist Church through 2013.  Throughout her 50 years as a church musician, she directed chancel choirs, handbell choirs, and numerous memorable musical productions. 

While raising their young family, Jane also taught piano and bassoon lessons at their home.  When their children were older, Jane taught at James Hart Junior High – an age group she particularly enjoyed.  She taught general music education and directed choirs and ensembles. In 2002, Jane received the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from Illinois Music Educators Association, in recognition of teaching excellence in music education.

Jane loved to entertain; she was a gracious host and an excellent cook and baker.  As the family expanded, she loved hosting her children and their families, and the grandchildren have fond memories of well-planned menus and activities that were creatively posted during their stays. Jane and Bob also had a group of close friends who were considered family, with whom they played bridge, hosted progressive dinners, and celebrated numerous holidays.

In retirement, Jane and Bob traveled extensively across the world.  Jane enjoyed photography, and after each trip, she compiled favorite photos, facts, and music into a travelogue which she enjoyed sharing with others.  Jane was also an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization; and Rotary, a service organization.

Jane is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bob Hindsley; daughter Julia (Thomas) Byrne, son Douglas (Anita) Hindsley; grandchildren Megan, Kevin, Eric, Adelaide, Dane, and Haley; and step-mother, LaVerne Myrick.

A memorial service to celebrate Jane’s life will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 3 p.m. at Flossmoor Community Church.  A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to honor Jane’s life are suggested to:

University of Illinois Bands
Flossmoor Community Church
Cottey College, a P.E.O. project

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