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Jane Randolph Whitner Grange, 81, of New Smyrna Beach, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Jane was born September 16, 1931, in Sanford, Florida, daughter of Dorothy Lee Rumph and Benjamin Franklin Whitner, V. After graduating from Sanford High School, she earned her BA degree and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA and continued graduate studies in Archaeology at the University of Arizona. She married Roger T. Grange, Jr., PhD, October 16, 1953 in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Roger; her sister, Dorothy Whitner Backes and brother-in-law Frank Backes of Edgewater, FL; as well as her children, Dorothy Katherine Grange, MD, clinical geneticist (Paul Olivo) of St. Louis, MO; Roger T. Grange, III, cinematographer (Vera Aronow) of Nyack, NY; Thomas Randolph Grange, architect (Leslie Lamarre) of Burlingame, CA; and grandchildren Nelson Olivo, Peter Olivo, David Olivo, Alexandra Grange, Benjamin Grange, Sydney Grange, Whitner Grange; and great-grandson Gavin Olivo. Jane worked as excavator, cook, and camp manager with her husband in prehistoric archaeological site excavations in South Dakota, Nebraska and South Carolina, and at historic parks Fort Michilimackinac and Fort Mackinac in Michigan, Castle Hill in Newfoundland, Fort Lennox in Quebec, a Roman villa in England, and the Norman settlement, Hen Domen, in Wales. She also contributed to research on the Turnbull settlement in New Smyrna Beach. Jane was an avid reader of history, literature, fiction and an expert travel planner. She loved to travel and visited all seven continents and about 100 countries on cruises. Newfoundland, five automobile tours of Australia and two in Iceland were her favorites among many trips. Jane and her family resided in Fort Robinson and Lincoln, Nebraska, for 9 years and then in Tampa, Florida, for 30 years. She was a frequent visitor to New Smyrna as a child, enjoyed a cottage here beginning in 1988, and became a full time resident in 1994. Calling hours will be 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m Friday, December 14, 2012 at Settle-Wilder's New Smyrna Beach Chapel. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, where she will be buried with her parents in Evergreen Municipal Cemetery, 1975 West 25th Street, Sanford, Florida 32773. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Volusia Historical Society, P.O. Box 968, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32170, or the , Greater SE Affiliate, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692. Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 13, 2012
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