Lavinia Jane Stanley



Lavinia Jane Stanley passed away peacefully Saturday, September 30, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Jane was born April 1, 1924 in Catskill, NY to the late Rufus Sidney Smith and Mary Elizabeth Felter Smith. She married her soul partner and the love of her life, Walter W. Stanley on February 22, 1940, sharing 69 years together.

She is preceded in death by husband Walter (2009), son W. Kendall (Kenny) Stanley (2003), brother Emerson Smith, and sisters Clara Lane and Eloise Li.

Jane is survived by her daughter Stella “Rusty” Vincent (Gary); four grandchildren, Kendall (Lisa) Stanley Sr., Karin Stanley, Jessie Vincent (Dan Ecker) and Cody Vincent; and five great-grandchildren, Kendall, Derek (Katie), Ethan, Tessa Stanley and Jaden Ecker. She was known by grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Mimi”.

Her most favorite memories and great pleasure of her youth were attending her father’s band at area square dances. Her dad Sidney was a fiddle player extraordinaire. As a farmer’s wife, Jane’s skills and love went into churning butter which she sold, working in her garden of fresh vegetables and tending to her always beautiful flower garden. She also was a willing hand in hating and other endless farming chores. She was a member of the Asbury Grange in Saugerties, NY along with her husband who served as Grange Master. She also worked at a dental assistant, dental office manager and bookkeeper for her husband and son’s trucking business all while keeping a home. She was always a present and loving grandmother to her son and daughter’s children and eventual great-grandchildren.

In 1990, Jane and Walt moved to Ithaca, NY to be near their daughter Rusty and her family. They became members of Trumansburg United Methodist Church. They spent many years wintering in Myrtle Beach making lasting friends from various northern states and Canada. They treasured those friends and the many walks on the beach.

Jane had a big giving heart; her door was always open to friends and family. She loved preparing home cooked meals, baking sinfully delicious goodies and sharing with all. Her family was her heart, giving all her love. She was so proud of us all. She taught us strength, resilience and determination but most of all love.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to all the nurses and caregivers at Amedisys Hospice for their compassionate assistance and guidance throughout her illness.

The family asks those who wish to make a donation in her memory kindly consider Amedisys Hospice, 391 Seaboard St., #6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or Trumansburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 628, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Condolences may be made at

Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.