Obituary: Jane Thankful Ford Watts |

Obituary: Jane Thankful Ford Watts

As an infant Jane was adopted into the home of Pleasant Robert and LaRue Ford of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Born Feb. 9, 1937, destined to be a teacher, he graduated from then Iowa State Teachers College to teach in Junior High in Gowry, Iowa, and High School in Cedar Rapids. She found her calling teaching kids in a Montessori School in the Twin Cities. Her children, grandchildren and kids school and library programs were most dear to her.

She married Frank on Dec. 27, 1959, and they honeymooned in Winter Park when it snowed 8 to 10 inches every night and the sun shone every windless day (they thought that must always happen). The only shopping was found in Fraser and their way up from Denver was by Bus on old Highway 6.

She was a consummate volunteer in the schools and libraries in Apple Valley Minn., Arvada, Huntington Beach, Calif., Fraser and Granby kids programs, including Library Volunteer of the Year honors for Grand County Libraries. She also did a long stint on the Grand County Historical Association Board. She was a Lion, golfer, avid reader, crossword and bridge player extraordinaire. You always wanted Grandma on your team when the board games came out at family get-togethers.

She died on Jan. 13, 2015, and will be sorely missed by surviving family: Frank, daughter Jenna (Mark) Zeb & Cassie Pierson; son Robert (Lisa) Gabby & Jackson; son Bill (Annette) Avery & Abby; sister Janet (Edward) Lawrence. They are joined by the many other loving relatives and many friends in their knowledge that she was called to teach the Lord’s children.

A Celebration of Jane’s Life will be held on Sunday, March 29, from 4-6 p.m. at a YMCA/Snow Mountain Ranch reunion house. Memorials if desired to the Grand County Historical Association, PO Box 165, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, 80451.

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