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Jane Burnham Eliason

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Jane Burnham Eliason, age 87, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2013 at her home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Born in Summit, New Jersey to the late Philip Weeks Burnham and Mary Phillips Burnham, she attended Summit High School in New Jersey until 1941. When her family moved to Wilmington, she graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1943 and graduated from Lasell College in Boston in 1945.

Before her marriage to Thomas M. Eliason, Jr. in 1948, Jane was a social secretary and later became very involved in community service. She enjoyed working for the Flower Market, Garden Day, the Junior League of Wilmington, and her greatest interest was the Junior Board at Christiana Care, where she volunteered for many years and later became a Trustee. Jane was also a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Delaware, the Wilmington Country Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered most for her love of family, friends and helping others.

An avid sports fan, Jane enjoyed watching tennis, following the Eagles and cheering on her grandsons at their soccer games. She delighted in every detail of the family's lives. Jane enjoyed traveling, bridge games and summers in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Jane is survived by her husband Tom of 64 years; daughter Deborah E. Rollins and husband John of Cheshire, CT; son Thomas B. Eliason of Cambridge, MD; four grandsons, Dan, Andrew and Scott Rollins and Thomas R. Eliason; and two sisters, Barbara B. Rice of Zionsville, IN and Nancy B. Henderer of Wilmington.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday February 4, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Avenue and Rodney Street, Wilmington. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Junior Board of Christiana Care, Inc., 501 W. 14th Street, PO Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 31, 2013
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