Jane Nash McDermott, 91, of 115 Edgar James St., Kane, passed away July 21, 2011 at her residence. Jane was born in Bradford, the daughter of former attorney Francis M. and Marie E. Nash on Sept. 5, 1919. On April 23, 1949 she married Edward T. McDermott of Kane.Â
After graduation from St. Bernard School in Bradford, Jane attended Trinity College for Women in Washington D.C. and The Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. She began her career as a legal secretary and worked within her fatherâ€™s law firm prior to her marriage. After moving to Kane she worked for the late James C. Bly and the late Ralph N. DeCamp.
Jane was a 50-year member of the Kane Country Club, serving on the Board of Directors. She also served as Past President of the Kane Garden Club, a Board member of the United Fund, a Red Cross volunteer, and she was a member of St. Callistus Roman Catholic Church, where she served as a greeter and in earlier years a member of the Latin Choir.Â
During her youth, Jane was a member of the Valley Hunt Club, where she participated in equestrian competitions. She was an avid golfer at the Penn Hills Club in Bradford, serving on the social committee, and in later years played golf regularly at the Kane Country Club. Jane also had a passion for flying and completed instructional lessons at the old Emery airport, leading to one of the thrills of her life, flying solo.Â
Jane is survived by her only child, Marjorie H. McDermott and her husband H. Frank Gump IV of Pinehurst, N.C.; one cousin, three nieces, one grand-nephew and five grand-nieces. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James, her sister Marjorie, and her husband Edward on Oct. 13, 1987.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cummings Funeral Home. There will be no visitation and a private burial will be take place in the McDermott family mausoleum in St. Callistus Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to a special celebration of life reception for Jane at the McDermott residence between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday July 24. Parking will be available at the Cummings Funeral Home parking lot.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.