Jane I. Ford
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MANSFIELD: Jane Inez Ford, age 97, resident of Mansfield and former Shelby resident died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Kingston of Ashland.
Born August 30, 1916 in Kansas, Ohio (Seneca County) to the late Vern E. and Mary Cleo (Collins) Bordner, she had been a Plymouth resident since 1940, moving to Shelby in 1960 and, later, to Mansfield in 2001. Mrs. Ford was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and attended card club at St. Mary's School in Shelby.
Jane began sewing at the age of eight. At twelve, she was making all of her own clothes. Through the years she became an accomplished seamstress making several men's suits, clothing for her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren which included lingerie and swimsuits to dresses, suits and coats not to mention draperies and items to beautify her home. She took classes and sewed special items through Togliatti's Sewing Center such as quilts for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, lap robes for the Ontario nursing home, embroidered flags with the words "God Bless America" that were sold with proceeds going to 9-11 volunteers and families of survivors, bean bag chairs for Toy Time when they were flooded, turbans for cancer patients, and pillows for Elmcroft Nursing Home. She finished a beautiful tailored jacket for herself at the age of 94.
Jane spent her teen years in the Great Depression, doing what she could to assist the family so it was not surprising that her hands were rarely idle. When she wasn't sewing, she would frequently be knitting or crocheting. She knit hats and slippers and everything in between. She crocheted and knit sweaters, afghans, dish cloths and mug rugs. When she was hospitalized in 2009 and again in 2010, she crocheted dish cloth and mug rug sets and all her nurses received a set. She did the same at the rehab center.
For entertainment, Jane enjoyed bowling and playing cards with family and friends during her earlier years. She enjoyed bowling with her husband in a mixed league for many years. Later, she tended to enjoy making things and giving them away, sometimes to people she had just met. Jane had a loving, generous spirit that will be remembered by all who were blessed to know her.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Saylor of Celestine, IN and Ethel (Charles) Briggs of Mansfield; two step-daughters and one step-daughter-in-law, Wilma Cornell, Norma Clark and Anna Ford, all of Plymouth; seven grandchildren, James (Kathy) Clark, Kelly Clark, Polly Cellar, Holly (Mark) Korbas, Susie (Al) Workman, Christopher (Renae) Briggs and Michael (Jenna) Briggs; 19 great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Mary Bordner of Green Springs, Ohio, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lucius Simmons in 1953; her second husband, Donald Jay Ford in 1985; six brothers, Clarence Bordner, Ralph Bordner, Daryl Bordner, Glenn Bornder, George Bordner and Ray Bordner; two sisters, Ada Bartlett and Louise Drown Vladeff and two grandchildren, Donnie Ford and Kyle Clark.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 West Cook Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44907. Reverend Pentti Macki, her pastor, will officiate, with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial expressions may be made to the
, or the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.
Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N Gamble St
Shelby, OH 44875
Published in the News Journal on Aug. 15, 2014