Obituary: Sarah Penhallow Jeffery
Sarah Penhallow Jeffery, of Mendham, passed away peacefully on April 16 in Mendham. She was 88.
Born in Washington, D.C., to Katheryn M. Hitchcock Penhallow and Dunlap Pearce Penhallow, M.D., on Aug. 28, 1931, she attended Gunston Hall, Mrs. Cook’s School, Smith College and William Smith College (B.A., 1954).
Mrs. Jeffery lived in Lockport and Croton Falls, N.Y., Kittery, Maine, and Andover and West Boxford, Mass., before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1981 to work for State Reserve Life. Beginning in 1988, she worked for Skandia Assurance in Shelton, Conn., then moved in 1996 to Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown, retiring in 2010.
She was an avid reader, and enjoyed volunteer work. As an Army colonel and doctor’s daughter, she was most proud of her days at Lawrence General Hospital Women’s Auxiliary in Lawrence, Mass.
Mrs. Jeffery is survived by her daughters, Katheryn Hamilton (Eugene) of Munich, Germany, and Madrid, Spain, Marnie Hock (Michael) of Mendham and New York City, and Susan Fine (Matthew) of Montclair; her grandchildren, Adam and Samuel Jeffery, Daniel Hamilton, Jameson and Charles Hock, and Robert and Lena Fine; her nieces, Sarah Vostal and Anna Kay Travis, and her sister-in-law, Patricia Penhallow. She is preceded in death by her son, David Elwood Jeffery, brother, David Pearce Penhallow, and sister, Virginia Penhallow Boyer-Tagg.
No funeral services will be held at this time. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Kittery Point, Maine, her childhood summer residence. All inquiries may be made to Bailey Funeral Home, Mendham, which will be handling the arrangements. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Holly Manor Nursing Home/Genesis Healthcare and all healthcare workers on the frontlines during this precarious time.