Jane King Cupps passed away on December 10th, 2019 after an unexpected illness. Jane was born in Gallup, New Mexico on June 12, 1934, the youngest of four daughters born to Richard Lang King and Mary Biffle King. Jane spent her childhood in Gallup, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado before moving with her family to Herlong, California where she attended high school. She later moved to Reno, Nevada to study chemistry at the University of Nevada. It was in Reno that she met and married her husband Frank (Jerry). After living in New York City for two years, Jane and Jerry moved to Livermore where they raised four children and where Jane enjoyed a 25 year career as an analytical chemist at Livermore Lawrence National Laboratories. In 2013, after the death of her husband, Jane moved to the Stoneridge Creek Community in Pleasanton.
Jane was a voracious reader all her life and had an innate curiosity that was apparent from an early age. Having learned to read before reaching school age, she exhausted all the children’s books in the Durango public library by the third grade. As an adult, her varied interests took her to every section of the library and there wasn’t a table, desk, or bookcase in her home that didn’t groan under the weight of her current selections. She loved music and the arts, and was a season subscriber and patron to the SF Opera, Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and SF Symphony. Her musical interests spanned a wide spectrum from classical to folk and rock. She also had an exceptional singing voice and played the guitar. She loved to play games, and hotly contested matches of dominoes, marbles, poker, and bocce ball were regular events with family and neighbors. Jane and Jerry also shared a passion for bridge and were duplicate bridge partners for more than 50 years. They earned Life Master status and were active members in two weekly bridge games. Savvy investing was another of Jane’s interests, and she and like-minded friends formed a women’s investment club long before those were common. In retirement, Jane enjoyed traveling and taking in the museums, architecture, and other points of interest in countries around the world. Her favorite trips were to the cultural centers of Europe, China, Russia, and Egypt.
Jane had many interests and talents, but her unconditional love and support for her family and close friends was at the center of all she did. She was the heart of our family and she will be sorely missed. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Jane is survived by her son, Pete Cupps (Kelly); daughters Sue Sower (Mark) and Sharon Dutton (John); daughter-in-law Gina Bonanno; grandchildren Melissa Battles, Jill Burns, Jordan Cupps, Megan Gabrio, Rebecca Gall, Jessica Vallincourt, Alex Cupps, Alexandra Gallagher, Emily and Tyler Dutton; great grandchildren Blaire and Nash Battles, Max Burns, Avery and Eleanor Gabrio, Sadie Gallagher; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Jerry; sisters Kay, Elizabeth, and Patricia; and her daughter, Kimberly.