Jane S. Tibbetts, age 87, went to be with the Lord on November 19, 2019 after a short illness. Jane was born in Salem, MA on September 19, 1932 to the late Leonard and Zillah Savage. She moved to Manchester in 1945. She graduated from Central High School and was the Miss NH Basketball Cheerleading winner in 1950 and went on to attend Hesser Business College. She married Donn Tibbetts on January 20, 1951 and was married 47 years before Donn’s passing in 1998. Family was her passion and those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Donald J. Tibbetts (Sam) of Orlando, FL and Gary L. Tibbetts (Valerie) of Bradenton, FL; two daughters, Amy J. Wilkinson (Steven) of Corpus Christi, TX and Cindy L. McNally (Brian) of Derry, NH; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family also includes brother in law Joseph S. Tibbetts, Jr. (Suzanne) of Kiawah, SC., many loving relatives and friends.
Jane’s volunteer service was a very important part of her life. She volunteered with the Elliot Hospital Associates for 67 years. She was Volunteer of the Year in 1992, NH Volunteer of the Year in 1994 and awarded the 2004 Elliot Health System Philanthropy Award. She started the golf tournament fundraiser and the Gala that are still held each year. She completed a course in the transitional care for the elderly training program at the Elliot in November 1983 and as a result took care of many elderly family members as well as neighbors. She also volunteered at the First Congregational Church as a lay minister and usher. She said “volunteering at Church and the Elliot Hospital has given me a warm, happy and thankful feeling. It is a joy to be so fortunate and partake of all the good my church and hospital do for the community”.
Jane lived in the same home in Manchester for 61 years and she loved being outside and working in her yard. The yard became like an English garden with flowers everywhere. If there was one little spot of dirt she would find something to plant there. She also loved baking and sharing all her baked goods.
Jane was a joy to be around and her smile was warm and loving.
The family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and their Hospice team for their kindness and support.
Calling hours will be held at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, November 25, 2019 at First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elliot Hospital Associates, One Elliot Way, Manchester, NH 03103 or the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern NH, 1070 Holt Ave., Ste. 1400, Manchester, NH 03109.
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