Jane Stevenson Heitman died peacefully in her home in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday, May 18, 2018. She was 85.

Mrs. Heitman was a graduate of Laurel School and an honors graduate of Swarthmore College. She pursued additional studies at the University of Edinburgh, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois-Carbondale.

From 1973 to 1993, Mrs. Heitman provided practical wisdom and connections to social services as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s ninth and final Martha Carr. In addition to her daily column, she created and edited the award-winning KIDS DAY page for elementary school children and wrote travel and feature articles. She retired from the Post in 1999. Prior to joining the Post, Mrs. Heitman served as the Director of Public Relations for Maryville College, the first Coordinator of Alumni-Student Relations for Washington University in St. Louis, and the Director of Public Relations for the Missouri Botanical Garden.

She was a lifelong volunteer for service and professional organizations, including the Girl Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, and the American Association of University Women. In the early 1960s, Mrs. Heitman developed the Delmar-Cates pilot preschool program at Ascension Episcopal Church, which became the Head Start program in St. Louis. She later served as a member and President of the board of directors of the Grace Hill Settlement House.

Mrs. Heitman is the daughter of Kenyon Stevenson and Louise Hervey Stevenson of Hudson, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Donald Heitman; her sister, Louise Stevenson Chalkley of Kensington, Maryland; and brothers, Kenyon Stevenson of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and James D. Stevenson of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Heitman, Kristin Heitman, John F. Heitman III, and Emily Heitman; her grandchildren, James K. Heitman, Alexander I. Heitman, Catherine Heitman Berry, Laura Heitman Berry, and Kathleen S. Heitman; son-in-law James M. Berry and daughter-in-law Michelle M. Heitman; beloved nieces,nephews and cousins.

A committal service was held at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Hill Settlement House, 2600 Hadley Street, St. Louis, MO 63106.