Jane Sanford, a long-time resident of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Tuesday the 26th of March at the Gulf Breeze Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Leta Blagg, her husband, Glen Sanford and her sister, Ann Bell.
Jane was born in 1931 in Selma, Alabama. She attended Auburn University and married Glen Sanford, a pilot in the Air Force. They lived and raised three sons in Gainesville, Florida; Tripoli, Libya; Dayton, Ohio; Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama; Oxford Mississippi and Navarre/Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Longtime residents of Gulf Breeze will remember her wonderful smile and endearing personality from her work at Mouton’s Drug Store and Revco. She enjoyed bowling, bridge, homemaking and raising her boys, numerous cats and especially her “Keen Teens” getaways with her longtime friends from Selma. Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother Herman Blagg (Jo Ann), sons: Glen, John (Anita), Morris (Cami), grandchildren: Paul, Rachel (Brad), Marie (Justin), Elise and nieces and nephews.
Flowers may be sent to Rose Lawn Funeral Home or memorial gifts may be made in Jane’s honor to the USO or WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
A time of visitation will be held at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, Gulf Breeze on Friday, March 29th, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM with the funeral service to follow there at 12:30 PM. Burial will follow at 2:00 PM in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.
My mom was many things to many people. She was a loving daughter of exceptional parents Herman and Leta Blagg who raised such a amazing family in a nurturing home.
She was a close and loving sister and sister in law to wonderful siblings; her older brother Uncle Herman, to Aunt Barbara and to her late sister Aunt Ann. My mom had a special relationship with Uncle Herman. Just the mention of Uncle Herman's name would put a smile on her face. She loved talking to Aunt Ann on the phone... the only person on earth that could talk longer than she could. By the way uncle Herman, she was onto you for your polite "someone's at the door" exit when phone calls were going too long.
My mom was a loving and devoted wife to my late dad and traveled the world raising three young boys as my dads career in the Air Force took us to numerous bases and college campuses. She made so many close friends at each place we lived.
Mama was such a fantastic mom to me and Glen and Morris. As a full time home maker and stay at home mom when were coming up... she was always there for us. She was our protector and confidant. My dad was in charge of discipline for the most part and my mom would keep secrets and hide things to keep us out of trouble (when possible!).
She was a caring and appreciative mother in law to Anita, Libby and Cami who loved her dearly. You were the daughters she always wanted and she loved you so.
"Aunt Jane" was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces and nephews. Her address book is amazing. She tracked and updated the whereabouts and phone numbers for Robert, Steve, Bill, Beverly, Beth and their spouses and children like a detective. After not talking to my cousin Robert for 3 decades (sorry Robert) I went to my Mama's address book, called the last updated cell phone number she had and Robert answered on the second ring!
Her pride and joy was being the proud grandmother to Paul and Rachel, Marie and Elise and and most recently Brad and Justin. She loved you so much and your being pall bearers today honors your love for her. Thank you.
She was lifelong friends with her close schoolmates from Selma, the so called Keen Teens. They continued to meet each year at various gulf coast vacation spots until only recently.
She was many things to many people and she was an especially loving mom. I think the following poem speaks to how Morris, Glen and I feel about her. Before I read this I want to acknowledge my brother Glen's and my wife Anita's care of my mom over the past dozen years. Glen made it possible for her to enjoy living in her home. Glen's companionship and the regular visits from Anita meant so much to her. And to Morris, who is looking so good! You must know how desperately Mama wanted to come be with you when you were sick and the joy your recovery and recent visits brought to her.
The Magic of a Mother's Touch
There's magic in a Mother's touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
to make our lives worthwhile.
We can find both hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
her works are warm and wise.
There is a kindness and compassion
to be found in her embrace,
and we see the light of heaven
shining from a Mother's face.
John SanfordPensacola Beach, FL
We wish to offer our deepest sympathy to the family.
Mrs. Jane leaves us with beautiful memories. She was kind and joyful. She was such good company. Her sense of humor made us feel good to spend time with her. She was graceful.
She will be living in our memories for as long as we live.
Looking forward to re-unite with her in heaven.
Paul & Rita MorrisROUSES POINT, NY