Jane Beam Houck
March 25, 1938 - January 30, 2023

Jane Kendall Beam Houck 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday January 30, 2023 at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC.

She was born March 25, 1938 in Shelby, NC the daughter of Dr. Augustus Pitt Beam and May Kendall Beam.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband John A. Houck; son Robert K. Hedrick; and brother Pitt Beam.

Jane grew up in Shelby, NC helping her mother, grandmother and brother run the family Bed & Breakfast business (her father passed when she was eighteen months old).

Jane was a ballerina, artist, equestrian and debutant. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

She’d loved life and had a wonderful sense of humor with a great laugh.

She loved adventure and had tons gumption! In the late 70s, she bought her first motorcycle; she loved to skydive, and anything to do with water… sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.

Halloween was her favorite holiday but made Christmas the most magical time of year.

She loved fairies, gardening, and Harry Potter. She was an avid reader and loved to write.

She was tremendously creative and a remarkable artist; she drew, painted, was a sculpture, made beaded jewelry. She designed and created whimsical fairy dolls; every fairy costume sewn to the finest detail. She was featured in several doll artist magazines.

Jane was an entrepreneur, owned specialty advertising businesses in Raleigh, NC and Marathon, FL; creative businesses: Plain Jane Dolls and Plain Jane’s Poesies and Plants in Sandown, NH.

But the best thing she ever did, was be a Mom. She is forever loved and will be missed by many.

Jane is survived by two sons and one daughter; Peter M. Hedrick (wife Linda Hedrick), Benjamin B. Hedrick (wife Laura Ortiz) and Katherine W. Hedrick. She was blessed with 2 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; grandson Robert A. Hedrick, his children Carter Hedrick, Gavin Hedrick, Madison Hedrick; granddaughter Shelby E. Hedrick (husband Alexei Verdi); their children Tobias Hedrick, Kendall Hedrick.

Jane was a huge animal advocate; she volunteered many years for the human society, as a foster Mom to many lucky cats and kittens. The family asks in lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation in Jane’s name to a local animal rescue or shelter.

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403



  • Lisa Dumont Posted February 1, 2023 9:40 pm

    Dear Family,
    Please are deepest sympathies in the passing for your Mom. She was a dear and beloved friend. We wish you peace.
    Lisa and Bill Dumont

  • Margaret Houck Zang Posted February 2, 2023 3:13 pm

    Dear Family, Please accept our condolences on the death of Jane. She was a delightful person who my brother loved very much. We all enjoyed our visits with her and will always remember her love of life. Will miss her cheerful smile and cat stories. Love to all Margaret and Frank

  • Kathy Fitzmeyer Posted February 2, 2023 8:17 pm

    Jane was a beautiful soul. She will be missed in this world, but enjoyed in the next. So sorry for your loss.

  • Ben Hedrick Posted February 3, 2023 9:20 am

    I love you, miss you and appreciated you so much! Thank you for choosing to be our Mom and teaching us so much about life and how to be a good person. You did it well. Love you, Benjamin

  • Suzanne dustin Posted February 3, 2023 8:42 pm

    I love you Jane. A good friend, great person. Met when you lived in New Hampshire. You helped through many hard times. See you in heaven

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