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Sarah Jayne Severs



Sarah Jayne Severs, wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother died peacefully in her sleep December 14, 2022, at home with her husband by her side. As she desired, she has been cremated and no service is scheduled.


Jayne (she was called Jayne from childhood) was born to Harry and Marilyn Bebensee on February 28, 1955, in Atlantic, Iowa. Jayne's family moved to Johnston, Iowa in 1963 and she became a lifelong resident. She graduated from Johnston High School, where she ran track, did Drill Team, and was a wrestling cheerleader. Following high school Jayne graduated from cosmetology school and was a beautician for a short time before starting to work for Bankers Life, which became Principal Life Insurance. She thoroughly loved the various positions she held with Principal. Unfortunately, debilitating migraine headaches put her on disability for the last twenty-two years of her life. It was during this time, she researched her family history and provided detailed information about her maternal and paternal sides of the family. Family members reached out to her for individual backgrounds or burial sites. She enjoyed going to cemeteries with family members and taking notes for her research. Her extensive knowledge of family history has been well documented and will be missed.


Jayne was a voracious reader, especially Stephen King. She read every book he wrote, several more than once. She also loved puzzles, especially logic puzzles. Which explains why she was good with computers and software.


Sarah is survived by her husband, Robert Severs; son Jonathan (Samara) Cheely; grandsons, Brennan and Kyan; step granddaughter Diamond; step grandsons, Justice and Jadon; stepdaughter, Krystal (Christopher) Malloy; step grandsons, Steven Tyler Frizell, Caden Frizell, Steven's wife Breeanne and Jayne's two great grandchildren, Milo and Natalie. Nana loved her grandchildren.


Jayne is also survived by her mother, Marilyn (Minor) Bebensee, and her siblings Debra Bejarno, Jeffrey (Julia) Bebensee, and Dawn (Brian) LaLiberte. She left behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, along with her Uncle Paul (Donna) Bebensee and Uncle David Minor.


She was proceeded in death by her father, Harry L. Bebensee and brother-in-law, David J. Bejarno, as well as her grandparents.


The family is grateful to Wesley Life in-home hospice team for all their care and assistance. Especially Sara. Thank you.

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