July 29, 1930 ~ August 7, 2008
Girdwood, Jayne Cordiner Jayne Cordiner Girdwood, 78, 63 Ashlar Village, Wallingford, died Thursday (August 7, 2008) at Midstate Memorial Hospital in Meriden, following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Eugene Nelson Girdwood. Born in East Boothbay, Maine, on July 29, 1930, daughter of the late Arthur C. and Dorothy Merry Cordiner, she has been a resident of Connecticut for the last sixty-six years. She graduated from West Haven High School in 1948, and resided in Cheshire and then Old Saybrook, before moving to Ashlar Village in April of 2007. She was a legal secretary for Dzialo, Pickett, and Allen for over twenty years in Old Saybrook. Jayne was a member of the First Church of Christ in Saybrook in Old Saybrook where she served on several boards and assisted her husband in putting together a 450 page history of the church, and the First Presbytarian Church of Sarasota, Florida, where she and her husband wintered since retirement 1989. In Sarasota, she was a member of the Ladies of the Shrine in conjunction with her husband, who is a Shrine clown. She was also a volunteer at Tidewell Hospice of South Western Florida. In addition to her husband Gene, she is survived by her three children, Mary Jayne Chillemi and husband Stephen of New Haven, Eugene N. Girdwood III and wife Mary Lockhart, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Judy Girdwood Westcott and husband Philip of Binghamton, New York, nine grandchildren, Manfred Adam and wife Reetika Motwane, Scott Wilhelm, and Samuel John Jungeblut; Jesse Gene and Emily Lockhart Girdwood; William Mason, Peter Cordiner, Philip Hazen, and Alexander Girdwood Westcott. In addition, she leaves a special friend and sister of the heart, Jean Byrne and husband Philip. She loved spending time with her family and many friends and her Gordon Setters too! A Memorial Service will be held as a celebration of her life Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the First Church of Christ, 366 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT (Congregational). Memorial contributions can be made to an animal rescue organization. The Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Avenue, Meriden, is in charge of the arrangements.