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Jane Olivia Hoover

1941-2012 Jane Hoover passed on Oct. 5, 2012 resulting from a fall in her Northampton, Massachusetts apartment.

She was born on May 24, 1941 in Montreal, Canada to Walter S. and Suzanne Young Hoover and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1958.

She is succeeded by her two children Heather and Scott Macon, respectively of Baltimore, Maryland and Santa Monica, California and by her sister Susan F. Hoover of Woodstock, New York, her brother W. Scott Hoover of Williamstown and his three daughters.

Jane lived much of her early childhood in Williamstown, growing up at Coronation Farm on Green River Road, a farm specializing on breeding Gurnsey cattle. For entertainment, she and her friends often would ride cows down Green River Road, much to the joy of neighbors and passersby, at one point bearing witness to a front page picture in the Wall Street Journal.

Jane went on to Endicott Junior College where she parlayed her skills successfully enough to gain secretarial positions at Harvard University and with the Electrical Engineering Department at M.I.T., where she met her future husband Jerry Macon, then a graduate student in physics. After marrying, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she lived for about 15 years. She married a second time to James May during her tenure in Colorado Springs then moved to Tempe, Arizona where she lived for another 25 years before her long awaited return to the East for a five year stay in South Carolina. Her final move was in April, 2012 to Northampton, affectionately chosen for its proximity to her sister and brother, its vibrant community life and academic environment.

Of Republican political conviction, though disillusioned with recent extremism, Jane served throughout her life as a volunteer for the Party, at one point being a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Denver, Colorado in the 1980's. During this convention, she had the honor of an impromptu elevator visit with then President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush. Jane was an avid bridge player, loved walking, exercise and a good healthy diet. She enjoyed traveling to visit the world's major art museums.

Her joy of life was contagious and she was always ready for a laugh; she rarely complained even when life's burdens were obvious to her family, believing that ones approach and consciousness to life's problems was what was important. She will be sorely missed by friends and family.

This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
Published online on Nov. 2, 2012 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.
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