Jane Elaine Burkey Boden

September 9, 1940 - September 26, 2022

Jane Elaine Burkey Boden
September 9, 1940 – September 26, 2022
Jane Boden, 82, of Lincoln, passed away September 26, 2022. She was born Sept 9, 1940, to Elmer and Irma (Rediger) Burkey in Milford Nebraska. She just celebrated a very happy 82nd birthday.

Jane is survived by her husband Ron McGinnis, daughter Alicia Coulson, Lincoln NE, two stepsons, Scott McGinnis of Nebraska City NE and Ryan McGinnis and wife Alexis Woods of Phoenix AZ. There are three grandchildren, Devon Coulson of Lincoln NE and Kieran and Nathan McGinnis of Phoenix AZ, nieces, Kelly Burkey Lambert and husband Sam Lambert and Betsy Burkey and husband Chris Peterschmidt. She was preceded in death by her son Jeffrey Boden and her brother Don Burkey and sister-in-law Linda Burkey.

Jane had a very active and rewarding life. After graduating from Milford High School she attended Heston College in Heston KS. After 2 years at Hesston College, she transferred to La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta CO to begin Nurses Training. Upon graduation from Nurses Training, she married Don Boden to which her two children Alicia and Jeffrey Boden were born. Her nursing career began at Bryan Memorial Hospital where she did numerous nursing duties thus forming a sound foundation in her nursing career. She also worked in a number of medical and eye clinics in the Lincoln and Fremont areas. She also did private duty nursing for the Seacrest family in Lincoln. When asked what her favorite part of nursing was, she always said without a doubt Private Duty Nursing.

Her nursing career changed when her bother Don had a terrible accident and became head injured. She became interested in helping not only her brother but the many others who suffer from brain injury. She and her sister-in-law Linda Burkey started the Nebraska Brain Injury Association which in still in operation today. She started working in brain injury rehab at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner KS as a marketer. She would evaluate patients from all over the United States and Canada to see if Meadowbrook Rehab could help them. Most times she assisted in their transfer to Garner KS.

For the last 15 years of her career she was Administrator of Garden Square Assisted Living in Crete NE. She loved that job and caring for the elderly people. There was never a day that she didn’t enjoy going to work. While she was administrator, she and her wonderful, dedicated employees won several statewide and national awards. She was a past President of the Nebraska Assisted Living Association.

In 1996 she Married Ron McGinnis and together they have lived in Lincoln for 26 years. She had a great love of travel and they were lucky enough to travel to many beautiful places including Europe, Ireland, Canada, Mexico and many beautiful places in the United States. One of her favorite things to do was to take the train. Jane was never shy and never knew a stranger so wherever she went she made friends quickly or already knew someone. Her smile was said by many to simply light up a room.

Jane was a self-taught oil painting landscape artist. She never had a lesson and many said she could have made it as a professional artist but she was always so busy caring for others she wouldn’t have had time to do it justice. She was a people person. She loved family and friends and watching her Grandchildren
grow up. I almost forgot one of her most prestigious honors was becoming an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy by Governor Frank Morrison. What a lady she always was.

Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022, First Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street.



Memorial Service


First-Plymouth Church

2000 ‘D’ Street

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September 29, 2022

Oh it’s devastating to hear of Janie’s passing. I met Jane when I was in grad school in Lincoln & we both were part of the singles group at St Marks Methodist Church. We met while at a meeting of a group going on a ski trip to Colorado. When it came time to pair up as roommates Janie said “I want you as a roommate “. We instantly became friends & that friendship continued-always a smile & an infectious laugh, Janie never had an enemy. She was one friend I always wanted to be with-fun, caring, & loving. To you Ali & Ron & families my heartfelt condolences in the loss of a great woman. She will be missed.

– Ginny May
September 28, 2022

I met Jane when we both lived in the same apartment complex back in the early 90’s, and as time passed with moving, I reconnected with her as we both worked in the senior health care. Then to find out she married a friend from my hometown! Jane was a wonderful lady…..and that smile!! Good thoughts and prayers to Ron and her family!

– Barb Bangert Tyler

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