Jane McIntosh Cazort of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Nashville, Tennessee, died on March 23, 2020. She was born March 9, 1915, in Lamar, Arkansas, the daughter of John Guy Cazort, Sr. and Willie May McIntosh Cazort. She attended Little Rock Junior College, Denver University and was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women).
During WWII, in 1944, Ms. Cazort joined the American Red Cross and was sent to Barnstaple, North Devon, England, where she ran a Red Cross Club for American service men on leave or convalescing. At war’s end, she was sent to Camp Herbert Tarreton, a re-deployment center in Le Havre, France. Soon after, the Red Cross sent her to Freising, Germany, where she served with the U. S. Constabulary. Then, as a civil servant, she opened a Service Club in Paris, France for the American Graves Registration Unit. Later, she was Service Club Director at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, at Sturgate R.A.F. Base in Lincolnshire, England, at Upper Heyford R.A.F. Base in Oxfordshire, England, and at Columbus A.F.B., in Mississippi. She retired from service to the military, but continued to serve others at the Arkansas State Library, working in state institution libraries until still another retirement.
Ms. Cazort was an active member of the American Red Cross Overseas Association, and at the age of 100, she was honored for her service to the American Red Cross at a dinner at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she attended the Faulkner class and the Thompson Bible Study group. She was a member of the Aesthetic Club, the Second Friday Book Club, Bookfellows, and the Lunch Bunch in Little Rock.
Ms. Cazort will be remembered for her quick wit, her love of literature, and her wonderful travel stories. She traveled extensively until she was 101. At age 70, she journeyed around the world with a friend to India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. She later visited friends and family in England, France, Japan, Easter Island, Egypt, Greece, Nicaragua and throughout the US.
She is survived by sisters-in-law, Pat Cazort (Fred R. Cazort) of Knoxville, TN; Jane F. McClain (John Guy Cazort, Jr.) of Pasadena, CA; ten nieces and nephews; fifteen great-nieces and nephews; and six great-great-nieces and nephews. Her brothers, John Guy Cazort, Jr. of Pasadena, CA, Fred R. Cazort of Knoxville, TN, and Robert M. Cazort of San Antonio, TX; and her sisters May Cazort of Lamar, AR, and Anne Cazort Hardy of Columbus, MS, predeceased her.
Dates will be determined for a memorial service at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, followed by private interment at Lamar, Arkansas. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Alive Hospice of Nashville, or the Jane Cazort Award for Outstanding French Study, MUW Foundation.