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Jane Alice <I>Palmer</I> Sandefur

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Jane Alice Palmer Sandefur

Birth
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death
18 May 2017 (aged 92)
Arkansas, USA
Burial
Chelsea, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Add to Map
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Jane was the only child of John and Berniece Palmer, and during her childhood lived in Hastings, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chelsea, and Kalamazoo, MI; and Winona, MN.


After graduating from Winona High School in 1943, she started to work in the war plant at Willow Run. But when a strike began she wasted no time to contribute to the war effort, and she quickly went to work at the Central Fibre Factory in Chelsea, making tank parts, bolts for gun housings for the Navy, and power takeoffs for use in planes, trucks and machinery; staying with her father's cousin. She was 5' tall which was below the minimum required, and recalled how two male co-workers stood on either side to lift her up to meet the height measurement marked on the wall as she passed through the doorway. Her size was no hinderance in her work.


After the war, she attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA and married John Sandefur in 1946. She was an experienced canoeist and for 20 years was involved in service to Girl Scouting as a troop leader and on the panel for the God and Country Award. A genealogist for over 40 years, she was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Magna Charta Dames, and the Walter Palmer Society; as well as a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.

Jane was the only child of John and Berniece Palmer, and during her childhood lived in Hastings, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chelsea, and Kalamazoo, MI; and Winona, MN.


After graduating from Winona High School in 1943, she started to work in the war plant at Willow Run. But when a strike began she wasted no time to contribute to the war effort, and she quickly went to work at the Central Fibre Factory in Chelsea, making tank parts, bolts for gun housings for the Navy, and power takeoffs for use in planes, trucks and machinery; staying with her father's cousin. She was 5' tall which was below the minimum required, and recalled how two male co-workers stood on either side to lift her up to meet the height measurement marked on the wall as she passed through the doorway. Her size was no hinderance in her work.


After the war, she attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA and married John Sandefur in 1946. She was an experienced canoeist and for 20 years was involved in service to Girl Scouting as a troop leader and on the panel for the God and Country Award. A genealogist for over 40 years, she was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Magna Charta Dames, and the Walter Palmer Society; as well as a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.



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