The Life of Jane Anna Simon Hood
Jane Anna (Simon) Hood died unexpectedly on September 10, 2022 while recovering from a
bone fracture. She was 90.
Jane was born in Glenolden, PA. She was the youngest of four children of Anna (Pratt) and Harry L. Simon. After graduating from high school, she worked as a teller at the Philadelphia office of the Bell Telephone Company. She soon met the love of her life, Charles Hood, at a dance. Jane recalled later that although she was embarrassed when Charlie did the Mexican hat dance, his love for animals convinced her to pursue a relationship. They fell in love and were married in August 1952.
Jane and Charlie lived in several towns in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and
Connecticut while Charlie pursued an engineering career. Jane always enjoyed the
opportunity to decorate each new home with her unique sense of design. In Lewes, her
"barn" on Shipcarpenter Square was a resplendent stop on the Christmas house tour.
Jane loved animals, old movies, big band music, Christmas, fashion, jewelry, ice cream,
and holding babies. Indeed, she was immensely proud of her role as a foster mother to 71
infants before they went home with their permanent adopted families. She made friends
easily and continued to enjoy social gatherings throughout her life. But she missed her
Charlie and looked forward to rejoining him in Heaven.
Jane is survived by daughters Linda (Richard) Haviland, Pamela Davis, and Melissa
Stargard; grandchildren Katherine, Andrew, Victoria, Juliana, Amanda, Claire, Jeni,
Chase, Kadin, and Eären; and many great-grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her first husband Charles E. Hood, her second husband Neal Joseph Boyle, and her son Kevin Hood.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont
Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947