Jane Roper Hughes, 85, 30-year Jane’s School of Dance owner

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Jane Roper Hughes, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 31, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with family by her side. She was 85.

Born in Rockingham on April 6, 1929, she was Miss Wilmington in 1948. She owned and operated Jane’s School of Dance in Wilmington for over 30 years, teaching dance to many area residents. She was a lifetime member of the Hanover Seaside Club and an active member at Temple Baptist Church. Over the years, she served on several church committees, taught Sunday school, helped with and sang in the choirs and enjoyed being on a cooking team.

Jane was the daughter of the late Thomas Burbank Roper and Blanche Roper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Holt Hughes.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Surviving are a daughter, Betsy Hughes-Formella, her husband, Joern Formella and grandson, Niels Formella, all of Germany, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Jane will always be remembered for her energetic spirit, smile and unconditional love for her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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