Mary Jane Nellie Edgerton (nee Rose), of Mansfield, passed on to heaven Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, surrounded by her family, after a four-year battle with cancer.
Mary Jane was born June 26, 1940, to Harold and Harriet Rose, and grew up in Tioga. She graduated from Williamson High School in 1958. She earned a bachelor's in education from Mansfield State College, (Kappa Delta Pi) in 1961 and master of education in 1989. She completed additional coursework at Marywood University as well.
Mary Jane taught elementary school in the Elmira City School System from 1961 to 1963; the Northern Tioga School District from 1963 to 1967; and the Southern Tioga School District from 1967 to 2002.
In November 1957, she wed James Edgerton, of Mansfield. The next 56 years were filled with a love of family and career. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, as well as the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Mary Jane greatly enjoyed her dogs, her grandchildren, playing golf, traveling, the weekly gathering of Retired Educators for breakfast and especially following her former students as they progressed through life.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, James Edgerton; a daughter and son-in-law, Melinda L. "Mindy" and Melvin "Mel" Wentzel, of Williamsport; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Harry Foster, of Tioga; three grandchildren, Sara N. Neal, Taylor R. Wentzel, Sadie R. Wentzel; and seven nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Harriet L. (Davis) Rose (1997) and Harold C. Rose (2002) and a son, Jeffrey E. Edgerton (2006).
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 18 St. James St., Mansfield. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church, with Rev. Rowena Gibbons officiating. A reception will follow at the Parish House. Burial will be private at Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary Jane's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital; the SPCA; St. James Episcopal Church; or the Jeffrey Edgerton Scholarship Fund, c/o Elmira Heights School District, 2083 College Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903.
Services are under the direction of Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield.