Jane Comer

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Jane Stephens Comer (born c. 1937) is a philanthropist and former retailer.

She is the daughter of Elton B. and Alys Stephens and graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1955. She married Cowikee Mills president Donald Comer III and had three children.

Comer returned to Birmingham-Southern College and completed a degree in 1981. She founded The Elegant Earth retail store on Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook Village in 1988.

Comer chaired the board of the Alys Stephens Center, named for her mother, and donated $5 million to the center to create cultural programming for children. She has served on the boards of the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Museum of Art. She has also been involved in the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham and the national Women Moving Millions charity effort.


  • Ellis, Cheri (2010) "Jane Comer: The Girl Effect". Birmingham Weekly Women's Issue