Jane Lydia (Johnson) Nalls was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 1, 1944 to Toussaint & Mary (Washington) Johnson. A lifelong Rhode Island resident, Jane enjoyed the state’s beautiful beaches.
Jane was the sixth of eight children and felt blessed to be born with her best friend, twin sister Jean. Jane and Jean were known – famously or “infamously,” depending on how you look at it! – as “The Twins” and loved doing activities together. At 5 years old, The Twins won a local beauty pageant. As teens, both girls excelled at basketball and had a reputation of being the dynamic duo of their John Hope Settlement House team. The Twins were the “Michael Jordan” and “Scottie Pippen” of their neighborhood, most of whom came to the games just to see the two of them play.
Jane graduated from Hope High School in 1962. She and first love John Benton were blessed with son David and daughter Pamela. After John’s tragic death, Jane married Leonard Nalls, with whom she was blessed to have daughter Jean. Though she and Leonard later divorced, they remained close friends until his death in 2003.
Over the years, Jane worked for various companies, including Met-Life, the Veterans’ Administration, and the US Post Office, from which she retired in 2006. First and foremost, though, Jane was a Mom. Her dedication to her children took priority; she even stopped working at one point, when she felt she was needed more at home.
When her own children grew up and became parents themselves, Jane fully embraced the role of Grandma to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spoiling them as only a grandmother can.
Jane is preceded in death by 5 of her 7 siblings: Ronald (d. 2017), Garrison (d. 2007), Jean (d. 2005), and twin brothers Peter and Paul, who died as infants. She is survived by sisters Carol and Leah; children David, Pamela, and Jean (Max); 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.