It is with sadness, and yet with a firm hope in the resurrection, that I inform the parish that Jane Mead passed away earlier this week.
Her son, Hank, writes the following:
"First, thanks for all of your help and support for our family: when my mom was healthy, when she became sick, and especially now that she has passed. Her life was wonderful and full because of all of you - the people she shared it with.
We are obviously devastated by our loss. Our loss of a mother (and grandmother, much to her chagrin!), teacher, mentor, friend, and so much more. Comfort comes through thoughts of all the lives she touched, and all of those who touched ours. She lives on through each and every one of you.
Due to the current state of the world, Heather and I have decided to forgo an immediate service. It just won't be the same if we can't gather in a safe manner - she would want us to hug and laugh and talk freely. We will plan a celebration of life, hopefully in Ithaca in the Spring when things have settled down.
My mother wished to be cremated, and to have her ashes scattered across our property. I will scatter them in the Spring, along with the ashes of her late dog Roxie, of whom she was so fond. They will rest together in the creek where I played as a child, in the woods and across the rolling meadow, and of course in her gardens. We will also place a marker at Calvary cemetary in the Spring, next to my father's.
There will be a short obituary in the Ithaca Journal on Friday, with a slightly longer biography to remain on Bangs' website. There is also a virtual guest book there if you would like to share any fond memories you have of her.
If you were thinking of sending flowers or gifts to the family, please instead consider making a donation to Loaves & Fishes/St. John's church.
Again, thank you to each and every one one of you who touched her life, and through that ours.
Hank, Heather, and Robert"
I wish to add that Jane was a devoted and well-loved member of this parish, and was especially dedicated to the care of our gardens. Her tireless enthusiasm and energy will be sorely missed.
Condolences can be sent to the family here.