Jane Patricia Webber, 98, formerly of Barrington, N.J. died peacefully at her home in Hillsborough, New Hampshire on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. She is survived by her children, Douglas Edward Webber of Massachusetts and Patricia Byrne and her husband Thomas Byrne of New Hampshire; as well as her granddaughters Lindsay and Jessica Byrne. She was predeceased by beloved husband William H. Webber and her sister Rose Husted.
Jane was born in New York, New York on March 4, 1925, the daughter of the Gerald Fitzgerald and Rose (Burnham) Harrington. She was a proud product of the New York City public school system and a graduate of Queens College where she earned her Bachelors of Arts.
She pursued a career in social work for the City of New York and a local hospital in Queens, NY before her marriage to Bill, move to New Jersey, and starting her family. In the 1970’s, Jane returned to work, this time in the Camden County Probation Department where you she performed the vital task of interviewing candidates for pre-trial intervention. She found her work rewarding and enjoyed her colleagues.
She lived a vibrant life and played sports of all types demonstrating her skill and competitive streak on the tennis court, golf course and at the bridge table to name a few. Only 5’2” tall, Jane earned a Varsity letter in basketball while at Queens College.
A passionate advocate for learning, Jane led Great Books discussion groups, was an early leader in establishing the Avon School Library, served as an Adult Literacy Volunteer, as a member of Barrington’s Juvenile Conference Committee, and was active in Boy and Girl Scouts.
Jane's sense of humor and wit made her company a pleasure. She was an expert on classic films and after a day outdoors could be found watching Turner Classics, The Phillies, or March Madness on television. She cheered for all the Philadelphia teams and for the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Time spent with her was always joyful and laughter-filled. Her home was always filled with flowers fresh from her garden: peonies, roses and zinnias. She passed on her passion for gardening to her children.
Jane was received into the Episcopal Church in the early 1970’s and found her spiritual home at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in center city, Philadelphia. Jane was a faithful congregant at St. Marks and was a supporter of their mission school, Saint James School in North Philadelphia.
At the request of Jane, all services will be held privately.
Those wishing to contribute to Jane’s memory are encouraged to donate to:
Saint James School
In memory of Jane Webber
3217 Clearfield Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
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