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Jane Gray Smith

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 10, 2012 @ 4:21 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

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Jane Gray Smith, 98 of Lancaster, passed away Friday, March 9th, at Moravian Manor. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the wife of the late Lawrence S. Smith for 47 years. She was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Ida McNally Gray.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Phoenixville High School as valedictorian and recipient of the Alumni Award for General Excellence.
At Millersville State Teachers College (now University), she received her B.S. in Education and was awarded the Wickersham Scholarship at the end of her junior year. Upon graduation she received top honors in the four-year group and also the prize for mathematics. Later she earned a Master’s Degree in Literature from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Columbia University.
After working as high school librarian at West Lampeter, Phoenixville and Manheim Township, she was called in 1942 by Millersville to teach Library Science and supervise the Training School Library. She also taught summer classes at Penn State, West Virginia, and Columbia Universities.
In 1953 Mrs. Smith was asked to create the position of Supervisor of School Libraries for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
During these years she traveled around the state and frequently spoke to School Board meetings, P.T.A.’s, teacher workshops, etc. For several summers she gave weekly book reviews at the Chautauqua side of Mt. Gretna.
She was an accomplished violinist who played in all of her school and college orchestras as well as many ensemble groups. She was a frequent soloist for church and various clubs. She was a charter member of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra until she was 85 years old but continued to play with the Highland Church Orchestra.
Jane’s husband of 47 years, Lawrence S. Smith died in 1989. During their summer months they traveled widely on this continent and in Europe. They shared two sabbaticals, each time for four months. The first one was in Egypt and the Near East, and after buying a Volkswagen, going north with the Spring through Europe. The second was a trip around the world, most of it spent in Asia.
Her hobbies were gardening, Bridge, reading and various kinds of needlework. Two pictures of her needlepoint won first place in the State Festival of Arts in 1986.
After her retirement as Associate Professor of Literature from West Chester University, she began to play golf and was a member of the 9-hole golfers at Overlook until she was 95.
She was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church. In her former church in West Chester she was an ordained deacon and elder, the chairman of the music and worship committee that persuaded the congregation to buy a pipe organ.
Her memberships included the American Library Association, Lancaster Chapter of School Librarians, the N.E.A and P.S.E.A, the American Association of University Women, the Musical Arts Society, Towne Club, Iris Club, Clio Society, Lititz Women’s Club, Quadrangle Club, Delta Kappa Gamma (an honorary educational group).
In recent years Jane has been a resident of Moravian Manor where she has been a president of the Residents Association and Apcot Group. In 2000 she received the Mildred Benner Award for service to the Manor.
Mrs. Smith is survived by a niece, Nancy St. Laurent and her husband Norman of Omaha, NE, a nephew, Dennis Hetherington of West Chester, Pa, a nephew, Russ Craig and his wife Linda of Rock Hill, SC, a nephew Tom Smith and his wife Lauren of Ephrata, PA, a nephew John Smith of Harrisburg, PA; great niece Stacy Miller and her husband Greg and their 4 children, a great Nephew Scott Hetherington and his wife Lindsay of Highlands Ranch, Co. For many years she has enjoyed the company of her good friend, Dr. Robert E. Johns.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 11:00 A.M. at Moravian Manor, 300 West Lemon Street, Lititz, PA 17543 with Chaplin Rich Thierolf officiating. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 A.M until the time of the service. Interment at Terre Hill United Methodist Evangelical Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in her honor may be sent to the Wickersham Scholarship Fund at Millersville University, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA, 17551, or to the Moravian Manor Foundation at the address above.

Condolences for the family of “Jane Gray Smith”

Condolence from Christine Dotterer on March 10th, 2012 9:38 pm

Many a wonderful time together. Jane and I were the “new additions” to the Johns family in the early 1990’s. I really enjoyed our times together – travel to Paris, Colorado, and San Francisco, as well as great times in Pennsylvania. She was a real inspiration.

Condolence from Jane Gray Hilbert on March 11th, 2012 1:13 pm

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. I’m so grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting and spending happy times with Jane. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. With love, Jane & Rusty Hilbert

Condolence from Eileen Flick on March 13th, 2012 9:59 am

On behalf of the congregation of Highland Presbyterian Church, may we offer Jane’s family our sincere sorrow on learning of her passing. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
The Stephen Ministers of Highland Presbyterian Church

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