KANE - Jane Nash McDermott, 91, of 115 Edgar James St., passed away Thursday (July 21, 2011) at her residence.
She 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.
After graduation from St. Bernard School in Bradford, she 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 father'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.
She 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.
During her youth, she was a member of the Valley Hunt Club, where she participated in equestrian competitions. She was an avid golfer at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, serving on the social committee, and in later years played golf regularly at the Kane Country Club. She 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.
She 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 grandnephew; and five grandnieces.
She 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 between 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the McDermott residence. Parking will be available at the Cummings Funeral Home parking lot.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com
Published in The Bradford Era on July 22, 2011