Jane Ellen Offensend Mallory, 77, passed away on February 2, 2011 at Springhill Estates in Erie, PA. She was born in Meadville, PA on April 21, 1933, to the late Lee and Ruth Offensend.
She grew up in Cochranton, PA, where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1950. Following high school Jane attended Edinboro State Teachers College where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She continued her studies for many years eventually receiving her Master's Degree in Childhood Education from Fredonia State University.
Jane married the love of her life, Royce McKay Mallory, in June 1955. Their loving journey together ended in February of 2008 with Royce's passing. Together they raised two sons , Sean Mallory of Edinboro, PA and Brian Mallory of New Fairfield, CT. She is survived by her two sons, two daughters-in-law (Terri and Patti), five grandchildren (Connor, Cailin, Ian, Garrett and Shane), her sister Emmalee and niece Michelle.
While Jane loved all people, she had a true gift in relating to and teaching young children. She began her career as a third grade teacher and taught in many different communities such as Huntington, Long Island; Erie, Pennsylvania, and Blockville, Lakewood and Jamestown in New York. After her first eight years of teaching, she took off five years to raise her two young boys ... the lights of her life. When she returned to teaching in the late 1960's she was drawn to a unique and challenging program that truly captured her heart and passion, the Head Start program. She embraced the opportunity to work with underprivileged children, often in an in-home setting, to give them the needed skills to enter the public school system on an even footed basis. She moved through roles of progressively greater responsibility culminating in a few years as principal. Jane spent the last five years of her 30 plus year teaching career as a third grade teacher at the Rogers Elementary School in Jamestown, NY. She retired in June of 1989.
Jane was a person of many passions and adventures. In the early 1970's, she was the Chairperson for the Jamestown area's What's New Fair for many years. She was the owner and operator of a very successful summer funnel caking business that allowed her to share her love of cooking with her family and the greater community. She was the Chairperson of the Lakewood Memorial Library Committee for a number of years in the early 2000's. Together with her husband Royce, she truly traveled the world including numerous drives to Alaska, visiting all the "lower 48" states and traveling Europe with friends. They spent the last ten Septembers of their married life fishing and hiking in Montana. Since 2008 Jane has lived at Springhill where she was very involved and loved.
Jane was a woman of strong faith and great love. She was an active member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church for many years. She now joins her beloved Royce and their many family and friends that preceded them into the hands of the Lord. Those of us that knew her well will remember a truly selfless person that embodied God's ultimate command to "love thy neighbor as thyself". We will miss her greatly.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 7th at 11:00 AM at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 164 Shadyside Avenue, Lakewood, N.Y. Burial will be in the Edinboro Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lakewood Memorial Library, 12 W. Summit Street, Lakewood, N.Y. 14750 or the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221.