(Cornelia) Jane Whipple Coddington died at age 86, on April 22nd, after a period of declining health. Jane was  born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Richard Randolph Whipple and Frances Evelyn Whipple and lived her early years in Iowa, New Jersey, and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Mary Dorothy Whipple was her stepmother. 

Jane graduated from Colby College in Maine, where she met F. Chandler (Chan) Coddington, Jr., on a blind date.  They married and lived in Italy for several years while Chan served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Stateside, they lived in Berkeley Heights, Summit, and New Providence.  

Jane earned her Masters of Library Science degree from Rutgers University in 1971 and then  volunteered to establish and organize the libraries of various local organizations, including the Summit Child Care Association and  Morris Union Jointure Commission Autism Educational Foundation.  Jane was a dedicated homemaker, who also participated in several archeological digs around the world, taught swimming at the Summit YWCA, was a member of a book club for over twenty years and bridge club for over fifty years, and served several terms on the board of the New Providence Memorial Library and as a trustee of her alma mater. 

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Jane and Chan were honored together for their dedication to local organizations, including the Overlook Hospital Foundation and United Way of Summit, New Providence & Berkeley Heights.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends in East Dover and Castleton, Vermont, and traveling the world with her beloved husband of 64 years. 

Jane was predeceased by her husband in November 2019 and brother Richard Ogborn Whipple.  She is survived by her brother John H. (Fran) Whipple; daughters Gail (Jim) Bourque, Linda (Gordon) Ayres, and Clara (Andy) Croll; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be planned for a future date due to the pandemic.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Providence Memorial Library or the non-profit of your choice.