3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home
101 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Obituary of Elizabeth Jane Shard
Elizabeth Jane Shard, 80 years of age, passed away on April 18, 2021. Jane, as she was known by her family, was born January 30, 1941 in Fremont, Nebraska and lived in Southern California for most of her life. She was married to the late Sanford (Sandy) O. Shard, MD until his death in 2012. She worked in the medical field as a medical transcriptionist and later as the office manager for her husband’s medical practice in Glendora, California. She also ran her own consulting business shopping for and organizing professional men’s wardrobes. She is survived by her brother, Robert James (Jim) Brown, her sister, Cheryl K. Chip, her step-children, Stephanie Shaw, Scott Shard and Simone Sisco, and several step-grandchildren. She also is survived by her nieces and nephews, Jason Cipriani, Nichole Cipriani Seaman, Cindy Busse, Tim Brown, Kathy Pearson, Mike Brown, Dan Brown, Linda Sorenson, Randy Nelson, Jeff Nelson and Greg Nelson. A memorial service will be held at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home in Basking Ridge, N.J. on April 21, 2021. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that those wishing to remember Jane kindly plant something in her honor, give someone a flower, or do a good deed for another person. Jane was a fashion icon, always dressed beautifully and rarely left the house without makeup. Shopping for herself and others was always a favorite activity. She often would buy fancy dresses for her niece, Nichole, and her sister. Together with her husband, Jane enjoyed a day at the races for Greyhound dog racing, horse racing and outings to casinos. She had a collection of fancy, “Derby Day” hats she loved wearing on race day. She enjoyed all types of music, especially The Three Tenors. Her family remembers her as funny and a little zany, and sometimes her husband lovingly compared her to Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy.” Time spent with Jane was always fun, often silly and mischievous. She could stay up all night talking and giggling. A lover of animals, Jane adored her dogs Mimi and especially her rescue dog Rocky. She also had a special connection to children and was greatly admired by her nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. She is remembered for the loving and uncompromising care she gave to her husband during his long illness. She truly was a natural beauty, even in her final moments of life. She has been described as a classy lady. Someone close to her recently said this about Jane: “A diamond is a diamond, beautiful and strong, young or old”. Elizabeth Jane’s family wish to thank those who helped her in her final journey of life, including Krystyna, her private duty nurse, who was by her side every day for over a year, as well as the caring staff at Brandywine Assisted Living and Homeside Hospice.