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Jane V. Elias, 93, of Manhattan, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

The family provided the following information.

Jane Virginia Solts was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Beatrice, Neb., the only child of the late Vallora B. and Zilpah B. Skinner Solts.  She attended public school in Beatrice, graduating in 1938.  She attended Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb.

She was united in marriage to Bernard (Bud) F. Sutton in 1939.  Their only child, James F. Sutton was born in 1942.  While serving in the Air Force in the Pacific, Bud was MIA and declared deceased in 1944.  Son James died in 1958, at the age of 16.

In 1949, she married Dr. Houghton F. Elias, M.D. in Lincoln, continuing to live in Beatrice.  Jane became a busy homemaker, becoming an active member of the Nebraska Medical Auxiliary, and then the PTA for the children.  She devoted 16 years to the YMCA swim team, again for her children.  Jane enjoyed playing bridge with her friends for many years.  She was an avid sportswoman, enjoying hunting, golfing and skiing.  Quiet time was spent embroidering.  She and her husband took many trips, traveling the world.  She was the most generous person we knew.

In 1966, they purchased land near Olsburg, and took up weekend residence.  She was a born and bred Nebraska Cornhusker, but on Sunday night she never wanted to leave her Kansas home.

Jane and Houghton retired to Randolph in 1983, but she continued driving Houghton to Beatrice until he closed his practice in 1995.  When Dr. Elias passed in 1996, she moved to Manhattan and lived on her own.

She is survived by her daughter Jane F. Elliott and her husband Eric R., of Olsburg; step-grandson, Todd Elliott of Topeka; granddaughter Jennifer E. King and husband Jason and great-granddaughters Mirian J. and Layla J., of Olsburg; son John H. Elias and wife Natasha of Keystone, Colo., and her step-grandson, Alex Korshunsoa, of Dillon, Colo.; daughter Julie A. Hawley and husband J. Bart and her grandson John B. and granddaughter Elizabeth A. of Arlington, Va.; and her step daughter Dr. Sharon Elias, M.D., of Cedarburg, Wis.

Cremation is planned and there will be a private family service.

Memorials may be sent to the Olsburg Library in Olsburg.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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