Fort Stockton icon Jane Sibley dies at 95

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Jane Dunn Sibley, a Fort Stockton native who left a lasting legacy in the creation of the city's historical society and historic fort grounds, died May 22, 2019 at the age of 95.

She and her husband, D.J. Sibley, founded the Fort Stockton Historical Society in 1954, which still operates today to preserve, restore and utilize our historical past. In 1955, the society established the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum.

Their donation to the city of the Old Fort Parade ground and their adjacent home started the restoration and rebuilding of the fort and officer’s quarters.

People from in town and out remembered the impact she had on Fort Stockton.

“The Sibley's were huge supporters of the Historical Society,” said Doug May.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Arna McCorkle said that the family was important in the area.

“They've done a lot for Fort Stockton,” she said.

A long-time Fort Stockton resident remembered the Sibleys growing up in the area back in the 1940s and 1950s, and said that her influence has helped shape the city.

“I was just thinking she was in her best Fort Stockton years in terms of people and prosperity from the time she married until she and Dr. Sibley moved to Austin in 1960,” said 76-year-old Royce Coleman. “Those good Stockton times being a mirror of what you are seeing now, exciting time to be in Fort Stockton.”

Even people on Facebook remembered the life that Sibley lived.

“What a great life, a great legacy, and leaving the state of Texas better than she found it,” said Bill Long. “Thank you Dr. Sibley and Mrs. Jane for your leadership, your unselfish contributions, and your passion for Fort Stockton, Austin and all that is Texas.”

Sibley also wrote a book about her time in West Texas as well as Austin called “Jane's window: My spirited life in West Texas and Austin.”

“No doubt an absolute icon across the state but always had her roots firmly planted in West Texas,” said Kate Meisetschlaeger.

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