Sarah Jane Worth Belt
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Sarah Jane Worth Belt Sarah Jane Belt died at home, with her family around her, in Meridian, ID on Jan. 24, 2009. She was born in Cumberland, Maryland on Aug. 5, 1928 to Francis Alga Worth and Anna Elizabeth Barnett Worth. She graduated from Chambersburg Pennsylvania High School, Millersville State Teachers College and earned her Masters in Library Science at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. As children's and bookmobile Librarian, she worked in Dayton, Ohio and Wenatchee, Wash. In the early years of television, she was the host of Miss Jane's Story Hour on public access TV. She also helped develop the State Library Program from her office at North Central Library in Wenatchee. In 1959, she married Paul Franklin Belt with whom she had two children. In 1967, she returned to work for Central Washington Hospital School of Nursing in Wenatchee. Later, this Library became the Central Washington Hospital Library where she assisted doctors, staff, and community. She earned her 25 year pin for service. Library activities included membership in the Washington State Medical Librarians Association where she was the first recipient of their librarian award in 1980 and the Pacific North West Medical Librarians Association where she was President in 1981. She also received the first two grants given to hospital libraries from the Western Hospital Association for the state's first Med Line in Eastern Washington. She moved to Meridian, Idaho in 2003 where she enjoyed reading, photography, working on genealogy and car touring throughout Idaho and Eastern Oregon. She also enjoyed her friends and worship at Hillview United Methodist Church in Boise. She is survived by her daughter Anna Belt, son-in-law Gordon Fradenburgh, and grand-daughter Freya Fradenburgh. She was preceded in death by her parents, half-siblings, Esther Worth LeCrone and Bayard Worth, husband, Paul Franklin Belt and her son, Victor James Belt. The family would like to thank Ten Thousand Villages Boise, Mom's beautiful neighbors at Chamberlain Estates, her many loyal friends, niece Barbara Potts, the firemen of Meridian #3, the crew of Liberty Dialysis and Accent Hospice for their kindness, skill and compassion that enabled her to stay in her home in her last months. A celebration of Sarah Jane's life will be held Sat. Jan. 31, 2009, 1 p.m., at Hillview United Methodist Church on Ustick in Boise. Memorials can be made to your local library or historical society.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 27, 2009.
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February 24, 2009
Jane was a great help to me over the years. I was medical libarian in a small hospital in Montana and her experience and perspective was helpful. It was always treat when I got to see Jane at library meetings. She was a wonderful colleague and will not be forgotten.
Susan Long
February 22, 2009
I was Vice President of Soroptimist when Jane was President. She was a dedicated Soroptimist. We were sorry when she moved and have missed her very much. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I regret that I was unable to attend her Memorial Service.
Jerry Jones
February 2, 2009
Through the Elizabeth Circle, I have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent participating in church activities plus sharing the joy of celebrating birthdays. A visit to Boise by Billie Jean, Pat, and I the last of September will always be special. She truly demonstrated her deep Christian faith as she faced the end of life. She will be missed!
Mardine Larsen
February 2, 2009
I have fond memories of Jane as a dedicated Soroptimist member. She was a very special person. My thoughts go out to her family.
Barbara Morrison
January 30, 2009
I first met Jane as a member of the Washington Medical Librarians Association. She impressed me as a hard working, caring person. I am sorry for your loss.
Pamela Miles
January 29, 2009
Jane and I had a great trip to the Tacoma Museum and the Oregon Coast the year I retired. We had great fun shopping, too. I met her through Soroptimists. She was a great role model for appreciating the Soroptimists,
Geneva McCoy
January 29, 2009
Jane was a great help to me in my role in Education at Central Washington Hospital. She was a wonderful librarian, a knowledgable resource, and made a great contribution to our healthcare community. I'm glad to see she continued enjoying life following her retirement. With sympathy for your loss.
Cathy Meuret
January 29, 2009
Count me as another with warm memories of Jane as a colleague within the Washington Medical Librarians Association and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association. My thoughts are with her family.
Jan Schueller
January 29, 2009
Jane was one of my first professional guides as a new nursing librarian in 1980. She introduced me to the joys of networking, and the benefits of working with people in all kinds of libraries. She got me into the Washington Medical Librarians Assn., and was a wonderful mentor.
Bob Pringle
January 29, 2009
I knew Jane as the medical librarian at Central Washington Hospital, a position I now fill. She was a mentor to me as I learned about medical librarianship. She was also a longtime member of Soroptimist. I have warm memories of her.
Sue Marshall
January 29, 2009
Jane was a gracious, professional library colleague. I am sorry to hear of her passing but was glad to read that she enjoyed life following her retirement as a medical librarian.
Cheryl Goodwin
January 29, 2009
Jane was a gracious and generous lady. Genealogy groups benefitted from her participation and contributions. We will miss her.
Bonnie Fuller
January 27, 2009
We lost a dedicated genealogist with Sarah's passing. My condolances to her family and friends.
Susan Slade Grossl
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