Jane Woodbury Quimby (October 11, 1921 – March 9, 2019)
Jane was born of American Baptist Missionary parents in Myitkyina, Burma, now Myanmar. She spent some of her early years in Nashua, NH and then returned to Burma with her siblings for years of schooling, returning to this country with her family in her teens. She attended Bates College, was Phi Betta Kappa, graduated Cum Laude in 1942, and married her college sweetheart, C. Paul Quimby, until his death in 1981. She worked as a Christian Educator at South Church Congregational, Concord, NH for many years, volunteered with the New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ, and continued active as a Christian Educator with the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, NH when the family moved there in 1964. In her many years in Wolfeboro, NH she variously taught English at Kingswood Regional High School, was selected Citizen of the Year, and, while at Huggins Hospital, became head social worker, Director of Volunteers, and introduced and helped build the first Hospice program to the area. She co-founded the Caregivers of Wolfeboro Area to organize a large body of volunteers delivering food and providing transportation for individuals needing medical care. She also served on the Boards of the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center, Sugar Hill, the Caregivers, and Huggins Hospital.
Upon her retirement she traveled widely – including several months as a volunteer with Asian Rural Institute in northern Japan, as well as tours of Israel, the American mid-west, Japan, and the fjords of Scandinavia. She loved gardening, camping, birding, cooking, painting, and poetry. She was an extraordinary listener and thoughtful speaker.
She is survived by her three children: Gordon Quimby of Bradenton, Florida, Barbara Libby of New Haven, CT and John Westlake Quimby of Acton, Mass. She leaves behind five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as many beloved friends and extended family.
A memorial service to celebrate her 97 years will be held at the First Congregational Church, Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow. Donations in her honor may be sent to the church at 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894. Condolences for the family may go to Gordon Quimby, 3415 Wild Oak Bay Blvd #429 in Bradenton, FLA 34210. She will be buried beside her husband in Ashburnham, MA.