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Jane Pitman In Memoriam

Jane Pitman In Memoriam

Our dear Jane was a remarkable person who was an inspiration to many and loved by all who met her. Beautiful, caring and funny, she would walk in and light up a room. A gifted interior designer by profession with a great sense of style, her creative talents extended well beyond her passion for residential design to include exquisite cooking, entertaining, flowers and table arrangements. She also had  an exceptional dress sense with a particular passion for hats. However Jane was no princess but rather a people person, with no pretentions and with a generous spirit. She also loved our animals, Cooper and Jovi, the two Golden Retrievers, Pipi the horse and the 2 cockatiels (Codan and Lucky).

In April 2016 while on a trip into the Queensland Outback, Jane began experiencing pain in her liver. On her return, she underwent numerous tests over 2 weeks which resulted in her being diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and aggressive bile duct cancer with no cure. With secondaries already present, the only option was chemotherapy which began on May 25th.  

For more than 6 months, the first line chemo held the disease at bay and Jane was also able to keep her hair, being the first person in Queensland to use the Paxman scalp cooling cap during chemo. Visits to the hairdresser every 6 weeks or so gave Jane a wonderful sense of normality. Jane also continued  to work on her interior design jobs  throughout this period. Despite various symptoms, she endeavoured to live life as normally as possible. 

In late November, we went to the races in Melbourne but by mid December, pain led to a CT Scan and, to our dismay, confirmation of renewed growth of the primary tumour. Chemo was stopped but Jane was determined to celebrate Christmas normally with friends. In January, after the commencement of second line chemo, Jane's condition started to deteriorate but she remained stoic and brave despite the pain and ultimate hopelessness. A sudden and unexpected stroke was the final blow and 16 days later, on 4th February 2017, she died at the age of 63.

It had been a cruel roller coaster ride over 9 months and throughout it she had been brave and courageous despite all that was thrown at her. Jane had so much more to give and she leaves a gigantic hole in our lives. 

Jane was a caring person who put others before herself. She would have wanted to help those who follow her with rare cancers. Your donation to Rare Cancers Australia on Jane's behalf is a fitting tribute.

Anonymous
(140 days ago)
$350
JUDY & PETER LAWRENCE
(174 days ago)
In loving memory of Jane, a fondly remembered friend
$200
Design Institute of Australia
(219 days ago)
$595
Kari Pettersen and Alan Skelley
(224 days ago)
Such a loss. Jane will be sadly missed.
$200
Marg & John Bailey
(232 days ago)
We have shared some wonderful times over the years and we will miss you desperately.
$200
Chris & Mike
(243 days ago)
You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
$50
Bruce and Sharon Campbell
(244 days ago)
Special memories.
$250
Sandra and Peter Auld
(246 days ago)
In memory of Jane, our dear friend and neighbour
$50
Judy and Jim Boorman
(246 days ago)
My Darling, your loss is profound. I will love you till the day I die.
$50
Penny & Richard Brittain
(247 days ago)
In memory of Jane
$100
Robyn and Greg
(248 days ago)
You will be sadly missed by all . I will always remember you and your beautiful smile
$100
Peggy & Brett Coutts
(248 days ago)
$100
Maria, Brett, Chelsea and Maddy Clark
(249 days ago)
Beautiful inside and out, full of love, adventure, laughter and a genuine interest in all of us
$250
Karleen Randall Kimberley Leigh Alexander Smith
(249 days ago)
Jane Jane Jane ....our beautiful Jane ....we will miss you....we love you Jane xxxxxxxxx
$500
Will & Miyuki Kingham
(249 days ago)
lovely Jane, disbelief that I will never share you company laughter & wit, the world is poorer now.
$100
Richard and Amanda
(250 days ago)
Jane will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts and memories with love
$250
Virginia & Rod Birrell
(251 days ago)
For 60 years you were a vibrant and caring friend. We will miss your magic xx
$150
Rod Ritchie and Julia Walkden
(251 days ago)
Hoping that, one day, a cure will be found for the rare cancer that Jane fought to overcome.
$100
Anthony Chamberlain
(251 days ago)
In memory of Jane, a wonderful ray of sunshine, for the short time I knew her rest in peace.
$100
Michael&Diane Pherous&Family
(251 days ago)
In loving memory of our beautiful vibrant and caring friend, We will miss you
$250
The Casey and Carty families
(251 days ago)
In loving memory of Jane Xxx
$100
GLENDA AND JOE FLINKIER
(251 days ago)
WE WILL ALWAYS MISS JANE'S GORGEOUS LAUGH AND BUBBLY PERSONALITY AND CHERISH THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD.
$180
John and Marilla
(251 days ago)
A very special friend.
$100
Pauline Tambakis
(251 days ago)
In memory of my dear friend Jane, so many happy memories we shared together, i will never forget you
$200
Lillian Gibson
(251 days ago)
In fond memory of vivacious and caring Jane--a wonderful family friend.
$200
Isobel and John Johnstone
(251 days ago)
In memory of Jane such a vibrant and special person who will be so sadly missed by us.
$500
The Roses
(252 days ago)
We still hear your laugher and are warmed by your fabulous smile. We will always love you Jane.
$500
Jann and Michael
(252 days ago)
Remembering with gratitude how Jane's vitality, imagination and thoughtfulness enriched our lives
$100
David and Andrea
(252 days ago)
You loved winners Jane. We all collected big for having been touched by your kindness, joy and love
$200
Gail Whitmore
(252 days ago)
I meet an Angel her name was Jane <3
$100
Cliff and Kay Barker
(253 days ago)
In memory of Jane, a truly wonderful friend and woman of laughter and love.
$100
Stan and Carol
(253 days ago)
In loving memory of a very special friend
$250
Francoise Pernoud (Maison de Provence)
(253 days ago)
May you rest in Peace beautiful Jane... You were and still are an inspiration!
$100
Gwen Gedeon
(253 days ago)
I feel like I have lost a sister, my beautiful friend Jane.
$100
Greg Chapman & Annie Gately
(253 days ago)
Charm, courage and a sense of adventure wrapped up with style and compassion. We miss our friend.
$100
Jo D'Elia
(254 days ago)
In loving memory of a courageous lady x
$100
Tony & Judy
(254 days ago)
for the gorgeous Jane
$50
Duncan and Pam
(254 days ago)
May this help in some way...
$100
Jocelyn and Barry Frost
(254 days ago)
In memory of our beautiful friend Jane
$150
Bev and Gary
(254 days ago)
In memory of a very special lady.
$100
Judy and Rod Cameron
(254 days ago)
In memory of Jane, the lovely, caring and talented life partner of Dennis. RIP.
$100
Dean Perrett
(254 days ago)
$50
Janet and Phillip Sajowitz
(254 days ago)
Casablanca lilies- your favourite! Their scent will always remind us of you. XX
$75
Trisha Jarvis and the Golden Retrievers
(254 days ago)
Jane (the life of the party), will be missed by so many. Taken too young.
$50
Vance & Lyn
(254 days ago)
What terrible loss of a lovely lady!
$200
Gwen and Jim
(254 days ago)
In loving memory of Jane with whom we had many happy times. xxxxx
$500
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