Lockwood, Jane Sandford

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Jane Sandford Lockwood died October 14th at Bristol Glen, in Newton, NJ. Jane was born 1920 in Newark, NJ, grew up in Sparta, NJ and later moved to Wantage, NJ. The daughter of the late Clifford W. Sandford and Ona Benson Sandford; Jane had a brother, William B. Sandford, who was killed in World War II. She is predeceased by her husband Horace of 74 years, and is survived by two sons, Brian Sandford Lockwood of Newton, NJ, and Rodney Pratt Lockwood of Brookline, NH, as well as a daughter, Pamela Jane Bassette, of Interlaken, NY. Jane and Horace have seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She enjoyed growing up and working on Sandford Farms, in Sparta, the family farm. Jane was in the last class to graduate from the one room Houses Corner School in Sparta. She and Horace were married in 1941 in the First Presbyterian Church of Newton.

During World War II Jane was a Civil Defense Airplane Spotter, assigned to the Newton Country Club. She was a long time member and volunteer of the Sussex County Red Cross, and in this role had grammar school and high school girls once a week to her home to make blankets for newborn children overseas. She was also a Girl Scout leader in Sparta for many years.

Jane was an accomplished horsewoman, and was a Charter member of the Branchville Junior Riding Club and later the Sussex County Horse Show, of which her father, Clifford, was a founding member. She was also a member of Northwest Covenant & later Wallkill Valley/St. Clare’s Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered countless hours at the hospital’s thrift shop in Sussex. Jane was also an accomplished private pilot, with Horace and herself enjoying many travels by small plane.

Most of all she loved her gardens and the outdoors, especially at their farm and home in Wantage; Hickory Hill.

She had been employed by Sandford Farms as bookkeeper and registrar of a cattle herd of over 800 animals. She was a bookkeeper and secretary at the Lockwood Agency in Newton, NJ until her retirement in 1992. Jane is a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton and the Sparta Presbyterian Church where she was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. After moving to Wantage in 1971 she became a member of the Unionville, NY Presbyterian Church where she was on the Session and later became a member of the Lafayette Federated Church.

A celebration of life will be held for Jane and Horace on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2 PM in the First Presbyterian Church of Newton #54 High St. Newton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Newton Roof Fund, Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation.

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