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Jane Elizabeth Walker Wickenden

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MANCHESTER CENTER -- Jane Elizabeth Walker Wickenden, 91, a resident of Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center, died on Monday afternoon, May 24, 2004 following a brief illness. She was born in Ridgewood, N.J. on June 26, 1912 and was the daughter of Harry and Jennie (McClees) Walker. She received her education in local schools. Mrs. Wickenden is a graduate of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. She also holds two library science degrees, one from Columbia University in New York City and one from SUNY Albany. She married Arthur Wickenden on Jan. 16, 1937 at the Chapel of Columbia University. Mr. Wickenden predeceased her in 1995. The Wickendens moved to Vermont in 1945. Mrs. Wickenden was the librarian for the North Bennington Graded School for many years. Mrs. Wickenden is a member of the North Bennington Congregational Church. In earlier years, she had been a Cub Scout den mother for many years. She had also been involved with the Girl Scouts and was president of the Girls Scouts Council during the 1960s. Over the years, she has been a volunteer with RSVP, she has been involved with the Villagers Homemakers Club Council and the McCullough Library in North Bennington. Her other interests include gardening and spending time in her flower beds, rug hooking, reading, bird watching and listening to music.

Mrs. Wickenden is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Adrienne and John Kozlowski of New Britain, Conn.; and her son and his wife, Chris and Judy Wickenden of Camarillo, Calif.; her son and wife, David S. and Nancy Wickenden of Shushan, N.Y. and her son and his companion, James A. Wickenden and Lewis Leadbeater of Toano, Va.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the North Bennington Congregational Church, with the Rev. Penny Rich-Smith, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot in Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the McCullough Library or the Girl Scout Council of Vermont through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 26, 2004
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