The gates of Heaven have opened wide to welcome one of its kindest, most giving souls home. Jane (Hickey) Plumridge, 88, widow of Frank E. Plumridge Jr., died Sunday, (September 22, 2013) in Windsor. Born in East Hartford to Judge Levi and Ruth (Stillman) Hickey, she grew up in the house she was born in and spent summers with her family in Old Saybrook. After graduating from East Hartford High School as Vice President of the Class of 1943, she attended the University of Connecticut before marrying Frank Plumridge in 1945, beginning their life of 59 years together. As a young mother of three boys, Jane took an active role in scouting as a den mother and served as President of the local P.T.A. She returned to school in 1963 to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse and started her career in nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. She later worked as a visiting nurse for the Town of East Hartford before returning to Mount Sinai as the endoscopy nurse in the Special Procedures Department. After her retirement in 1988, Jane and Frank moved to Plant City Florida and lived there for 16 years before returning to Connecticut in 2004. Jane's commitment to helping others continued in Florida where she worked as a volunteer at South Florida Baptist Hospital. She is survived by two sons and three daughters-in-law, James and Marilyn Plumridge of Broad Brook, John and Joyce Plumridge of Enfield, and Emily Worth of Cedarburg WI. She also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, John and Anne Hickey of Malverne, NY, and a sister-in-law Mary Hickey of Manchester. Jane was a loving and very proud grandmother to six grandchildren, Geoffrey Plumridge, Kim Wise, Andrea Walter, Bryan Plumridge, Thomas Plumridge, and Kristen Plumridge and nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Jane was predeceased by a brother L.P. Morton Hickey Jr. and a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie "Midge" and J.C. Millward. Her eldest son Frank Plumridge III of Cedarburg, WI died in 2010. The family wishes to thank the truly-special people of the Kimberly Hall South D Wing in Windsor for the exceptional care they've provided the past eight years.
Her family will receive friends Thursday from 11 to Noon at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, followed by a graveside service at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. Memorial donation may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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