Jane Wallace THORNE

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THORNE, Jane Wallace died peacefully at the age of 102 on December 31, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born in New Jersey on June 27, 1915, and moved with her husband and daughters to Scottsdale in 1950, where she lived out her remaining 67 years. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy; beloved grandchildren, Sarah Bissell Peters (Rolf), Anne Bissell, Jack Bissell (Cara), David Gillespie (Jennifer), and Steven Gillespie (Becky); great-grandchildren, Alec, Alexis, Felix, Nic, Tabitha and Spencer; and many adored nieces and nephews. Her younger daughter, Cynthia Gillespie, died in 1993. Jane grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, the eldest of the three daughters of Florence and Charles Frederick Wallace. She was proud to recall that she always rode a bike to school in the 1920s, rain or shine, and that she grew up in a simple world surrounded by aunts, uncles, grandparents, and many visitors, a lively household filled with music and laughter. She lived by the values exemplified by her parents, her scientist father, and her activist mother, both deeply committed to their community and the concerns of the economically less fortunate. Jane will be remembered for her graciousness, humility, wit, and elegance, and especially for her generous soul. Her instincts always drew her toward making the world a better place, starting in her own community with the establishment of the Wallace Foundation of Southern Arizona in 1977. The Wallace Foundation was honored for its outstanding philanthropy by the Governor of Arizona at a ceremony proclaiming "Wallace Foundation Day" in 2007. She had an unwavering commitment to fairness and social justice, never placing her own needs over those of others, particularly those on the margins of our society. Her many community activities included the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Visiting Nurse Association, Heard Museum, Planned Parenthood and charter membership on the Women's Board of Barrow's Neurological Institute. Without the support of the caregivers from the Cast Your Cares agency, especially Diane, Josie, Pam, Kay, and Louise, she would not have enjoyed the comforts of her last years, and she was deeply appreciative of them, as she was of her friend and assistant Laura Atwell. A Memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Scottsdale on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to The Primavera Foundation or the St. Barnabas Foundation. Arrangements by MESSINGER INDIAN SCHOOL MORTUARY.


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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2018