Studebaker, Mary Jane R.

April 20, 1928 - October 10, 2019

Mary Jane Riley Studebaker

Jane Studebaker passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, in Houston, Texas at 91 years old. She was born in Texarkana, Texas April 20, 1928, to James Landon Riley, Sr, and Esther Era Allen. Jane grew up in Queen City, Texas and graduated from Atlanta High School. Then she graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas where she met several life-long friends. She began her career as a teacher in Raymondville, Texas in 1948. There, she met Robert (Bob) Studebaker and they married July 29, 1950. Jane and Bob went on to live in Stigler, Oklahoma and Odessa, Texas before moving back to Raymondville in 1956. They lived on their farm west of Raymondville for the remainder of their lives. They raised three children there – Susan, Jim, and Steve. Jane taught school for 32 years in Raymondville before retiring in 1992. Jane loved to dance, and she and Bob traveled all over Texas going to different dances with friends. They loved country western and polka dancing.

Jane also loved traveling. In the U.S., she went to all but three states. In Europe, she took about 15 trips with her sister, Helen, and her aunt, Irene. Jane was fascinated with European history and culture. They traveled to Berlin, Prague, and Budapest before and after the fall of the Soviet Union. She was shocked at the deterioration of historic buildings and cities in the former Eastern Bloc.

Jane loved being with friends and family. She loved visiting with her Raymondville students throughout the Rio Grande Valley and at reunions.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Susan Wise and her husband Jim Wise, her son Jim Studebaker and his wife Maggie, and her son Steve Studebaker and his wife Annie and their son Ethan Studebaker. Jane is also survived by her brother, James Landon Riley, Jr. and his wife Lawan, and many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at a future date at the Liberty Eylau Cemetery near Texarkana, Texas. More information and a place for comments may be found at

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