Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Lakeland Memorial Park
1901 Lancaster Ave, Monroe, NC 28112
Sep 12, 1931 - Aug 03, 2018
Jane Secrest Fuller Niven died August 3, 2018, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mrs. Niven was born on September 12, 1931 in Monroe, NC, the only child of Willie Secrest Fuller and Harold Amos Fuller. She was educated in the city schools of Monroe and graduated from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics, along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. As an undergraduate, Jane was editor of the yearbook, Pine Needles, and a member of the Golden Chain Honor Society. Later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon graduation, Jane embarked on a tour of Europe before starting her professional teaching career in Toccoa, GA.
Mrs. Niven was married to Benjamin Franklin Niven, Jr. on July 23, 1955, in Monroe, NC and moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1961. A lifelong community volunteer, Mrs. Niven shared her passion for reading as a teacher in the Adult Literacy Program at Forsyth Tech Community College and later joined the staff at Summit School as librarian in the Upper School. Recruited into the real estate business, Jane became a licensed broker and worked as a Prudential Carolinas Realty agent for many years. Jane also served the community with the Board of Elections as a precinct volunteer.
She was predeceased by her husband, an infant daughter, Katherine Payton Niven, and her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Jane Niven of Charlotte, NC; son, Benjamin Franklin Niven III and wife, Michelle of Richardson, TX; son, William Christian Andrew Niven and wife, Kathie of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Tyler Christian, Madelyn Ann, Payton Lane of Richardson, TX; William Fuller and Ellie Forrester of Greensboro, NC.
Mrs. Niven was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher, served on the administrative board of stewards, and a member of the Altar Guild. She served as a Girl Scout Leader, member of Spade and Trowel Garden Club as a Master Gardener, member of Forsyth Country Club, and a champion tournament bridge player.
An Inurnment service will be held at Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe, NC, on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. A Memorial service will be held at Salem Funeral Home on Main Street in Winston-Salem on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Craig Ford officiating. The family will greet friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church Respite Care, 646 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, the Salvation Army, or a charity of the donors’ choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com
Robbin Spencer Dunthorn
Prayers for peace and know we are with you all in spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". James 5:11; God "is very tender in affection (very compassionate) and merciful". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
Kathryn C Voskuil
Drew, Biff, Michelle and families,
I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your mom, she sounds like an amazing woman and I'm sure she will be greatly missed.
Drew, Biff, Pam, and families: Whitney and I send our love and condolences. May God's peace blanket you all.
Pam, Biff and Drew,
I'm so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your mom. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your families.
Lois McIver Winstead
I am so saddened to learn of the death of my friend and Woman's College classmate. ...with my sincere condolences to her family, friends,her Church and community. What a caring legacy she has left for us. We all will cherish our memories of this fine lady.
Sincerely, Lois McIver Winstead