Julia Jane Gilson

Julia Jane Gilson

May 21, 1934 – February 1, 2023

Julia Jane Gilson was born on May 21, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She entered into heaven on February 1, 2023 after a short illness.

She was the second youngest born to frank and Mary Wesley. She is survived by two of her siblings, charlie, and Gigi. She is also survived by, four children, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Jane grew up in Trenton, Iowa and graduated from Mt. Pleasant high school. She met a local boy from Salem, Richard Trueblood, and they had 5 children, Ron, Don, Mike, Robert and Deanna. She and Richard raised their family in Salem Iowa.

Jane retired from Champion Spark Plug company where she worked as a machine operator. She worked as a waitress for 60  years at places called Perkins, wheat fields,and garden cafe.  She was a favorite waitress for many of her customers. She was funny, efficient and by the time you left you were a part of her family. That is what kept many customers coming back and waiting to be seated her section.

She was a single mother of four and travelled with them all over the country. Setting up a bed in the backseat for them to sleep on.  She loved traveling by car. She once traveled from Omaha to Oceanside California with a hand drawn map.

Jane moved to California for eight years.  She worked at a bank and made many friends. She learned that she did not like sand in between her toes and She moved to Omaha. She bought a house around the corner from Deanna and has been here ever since.

Jane had a lot of interests and hobbies. She loved playing skipbo, bowling, watching her grandkids and great grandkids. She loved to bake cinnamon rolls and would often mailed them to her kids all over the country.  She loved playing cards. Playing cards was not a game for Jane, it was a sport and a way of connecting with her family. She enjoyed  painting ceramics, reading her bible, and at 7:00 every morning she would listen to David Jeremiah.

She was a faithful follower of Christ. She volunteered at Christ Community Church for over 30 years. She served in the food ministry, helped to set up tables, she collected prayer requests, greeted church members and pulled stamps.

She went on her first missions trip at 72 years old to Peru, where it was planes, trains, busses and donkeys, up the mountain top to the village they would serve.

Funeral Service: Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:00 a.m., West Center Chapel.



She had a laugh that would light up a room. She was genuine and kind. She knew how God created her and knew the gifts He gave her. She would often say that the a good Lord gave her the ability to serve others in many ways that suited her just fine. With those gifts, she used her life to serve others well through cooking, praying, and financially supporting them.


Jane was well-loved by those who knew her.  Though she is gone from us, she was welcomed into heaven as a good and faithful servant.


  • Midge Prestholt Fishers, IN Posted February 4, 2023 6:29 pm

    I am so sorry that Jane passed away. What a wonderful lady she was and always a smile. She could make everyone smile and laugh. You will be missed dear friend. Blessings to your family.

  • Sheri Henderson Posted February 7, 2023 12:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss!! I was able to watch the live service. Aunt Jane was certainly an inspiration to me growing up. Loved playing cards with herl.

  • Gary Henderson Posted February 8, 2023 5:47 pm

    My prayers are with you always.

  • Pat and Cynthia Sweeney Posted February 9, 2023 4:51 pm

    A life well lived. May you find peace in in the memories of Jane. Our sincere condolences.

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