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Mary Jane Ford

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By The Staff

FORD - Mary Jane Ford passed away on Dec. 22, 2007, from deteriorating health. A longtime resident of Houston, Texas, she moved to Los Alamos to be by her daughter when her health failed. She was born Nov. 1, 1915, at her grandparent’s home in Benton, Ill. Jane, as her friends and family called her, was the oldest of four children born to T.O. and Blanche Morris Sloan. She spent her childhood in West Frankfort, Ill.On a blind date April 1, 1935, she met her husband William Lee Ford. They married August 31, 1935, and were happily married until his death in 1983. They spent their married life in Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas. A loving mother, a devoted wife and a fun grandmother, she loved the game of golf and was an avid bridge player. She spent her latter years traveling around the world, telling everyone her middle name was “Go.” One of her favorite trips was to England, the home of her ancestors. Jane will be remembered for her wit and stories she loved to tell.Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Dorothy Patton.Jane is survived by two daughters and their spouses: Linda and Pel Stringer of Tulsa, Okla., and Diane and Dale Van Buren of Los Alamos, N.M., as well as by two brothers and their spouses: Tom and Barbara Sloane of Berkley, Calif., and Dick and Carolyn Sloan of Bakersfield, Calif.Jane was affectingly called “Mimi” by her three granddaughters, their spouses and seven great-grandchildren: Robin and Paul Drake and their children Amanda, Daniel and Sarah; Laura Godel and her daughters, Danielle Campbell and Hannah; Christy Van Buren and her children Christopher Hernandez and Chelsey Hoffman.In her latter years she became “Mimi” to four step-grandchildren and their children: John Van Buren; Doyle and Rainbow Van Buren and children Phoebe and Inga; Taylor Van Buren and son Dane; Wade and Sue Van Buren and children Brittany, Ryan and Jay.In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Facility – Four Seasons Unit, 1011 Sombrillo Court, Los Alamos, NM 87544.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of the DeVargas Funeral Home. Jane’s ashes were united with Bill’s and they will be interred in the Ford family plot at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, Ill. The family of Mary Jane Ford has entrusted her cremation arrangements to DeVargas Funeral Home of the Espaola Valley: 505-747-7477, 505-662-2400 or 877-747-3600.