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Norma "Jane" (Wismar) Pargé – September 29, 2017

Jane Pargé, 92, of Amarillo, died Friday, September 29, 2017.
Visitation will be 4:30-6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Norma Jane (Wismar) Pargé was born on January 17, 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas to George L. and Sadye Nell (Dixie Dice) Wismar.  She moved to Amarillo in 1936 and graduated from Amarillo High in 1942.  From there she moved to Champaign Urbana and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948.
While at the University, Jane met Earl W. Pargé and they were married in Chicago on September 4, 1948.  In 1951, they moved to Amarillo where Earl began his career in architecture and the couple raised their three boys.
Jane’s mother had a dance studio and she spent most of her spare time dancing and helping teach her mother’s students. Many life-long friendships developed from this time spent dancing.  Jane also spent many hours volunteering at BSA hospital.
Later in life, she taught adult tap for 25 years at Amarillo College and was an administrator at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. After the death of her two granddaughters in 2001, Jane enrolled in Bible Study at Anna Street Church of Christ and benefited greatly from the instruction and friendship of Gene Shelburne.
Jane belonged to First Christian Church of Amarillo and was a long-standing member of their Prayer Shawl Ministry. She inherited a love for knitting from her mother and shared that passion by giving knitted gifts to friends, family, and strangers alike.  Jane was a life-long cat lover who enjoyed fostering strays and helping them find a home.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, stepfather (Bob “Pappy” Watson), half-sister (Martha Wismar Stratton); and two precious granddaughters (Katie and Sarah Pargé).
Survivors include three sons, Kent and wife Donna Sue of Amarillo; Phil and wife Sally of Angel Fire, New Mexico, and Garrison of Arlington; two granddaughters, Carrie and husband Steven Singleton and Haley and husband Kyle McCall both of Amarillo; four great-grandchildren: Jackson Parker McCall, Jace Tyler Singleton, Emerson Jane McCall, and Sarah Kate Singleton, all of Amarillo; two half-sisters, Bonnie Wismar Timaeus of Port Arthur and Georgee Wismar of Katy, and two cousins: Don Dice of Schertz and Dan Lamb of Forth Worth.


  • Lisa Kethley Posted October 1, 2017 2:42 pm

    This was such a wonderful lady. Mama Jane will be missed but celebrated life. I still have the blanket she knotted for Jerit, it is a treasure. Prayer for Phil, Sally, Carrie and all the family. I know she, Katie and Sarah are tapping together in heaven.
    Love to all

  • Bonnie Wismar Timaeus Posted October 1, 2017 10:20 pm

    Even though we lived far apart, it was always a comfort to know I had a beautiful “big” sister in Amarillo. She was always firmly grounded when I needed an ear for my heartaches or a shoulder to lean on (over the phone). She spent a week with me after my husband died and was such a comfort. I hope her family will keep in touch with “Aunt Bonnie” and I will miss her.

  • Mike Gatlin Posted October 2, 2017 9:34 am

    So sorry for y’all’s loss

  • Brenda Brooks Posted October 2, 2017 11:52 pm

    I love you Jane. You were an inspiration to us all.

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