E. Barden

E. Jane Barden

Monday, September 21st, 1931 - Sunday, March 24th, 2019
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E. Jane Barden of Poughkeepsie, New York, passed away on March 24, 2019, at the age of 87 with her family by her side. She was born in Radford, Virginia, on September 21, 1931, the daughter of Elba and Myrtle Thornton Chambers. On June 10, 1953, Jane married the love of her life, John F. Barden, Jr. in Radford, Virginia, and they moved to Poughkeepsie. John predeceased her in 2015. After graduating from Radford High School, Jane worked as a telephone operator for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company in Radford, Virginia. After raising her family she worked at TEG Federal Credit Union in Fishkill, New York until her retirement. Jane was one of sixteen children growing up in southwestern Virginia. Jane, along with her husband John, enjoyed hosting neighborhood Easter egg hunts and outdoor games in their front yard. She was known for her amazing baking skills and loved to bake for the neighborhood children as well as other people in the community. She liked to bowl, loved to take care of her pets (both domestic and wild), and was an expert Scrabble player. Jane and her husband John were always out on the dance floor at every event they attended. Jane and John were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley. She is survived by her daughter Jane L. Bain of Lansing, New York, son John F. Barden III (Wendy) of Poughkeepsie, son Tyler R. Barden (Jessica) of Hyde Park, daughter Priscilla A. Sumislaski (John) of New Bern, North Carolina, grandchildren Paul and Gary Bain, Kyle Barden, Danielle Sumislaski, and Francis and Sarah Henning. She also is survived by her sister Peggy Miller of Fairfax, Virginia, sisters-in-law Carmela Chambers and Marilyn Barden, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by fourteen brothers and sisters, and her son-in-law Mark Bain. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at William G. Miller Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York. A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Valley, New York on Thursday morning at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 11:00am
    First Presbyterian Church
    1576 Main Street
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Posted at 07:45pm
To all of Jane's loved ones, I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Jane at TEG for several years. Jane's beautifully warm smile and contagious laughter made every work day much nicer than it ordinarily would have been. It was very sad when Jane decided to retire. Jane for several years would stop in with John to surprise visit us at TEG with many delicious baked goods which delighted everybody in the branch office. Her Snickerdoodles were one of my favorites. I will always remember Jane surprising me with a full set of Joop which was a newly released fragrance I loved. She said it was to say thank you to me for always being supportive to her when we had both transferred to the Arlington office of TEG. I adored Jane. I always admired what a beautiful couple Jane and John made. Their closeness always reminded me of my own parents. Jane and John surely made a difference in this world. I pray all of your wonderful memories of Jane embrace each of you until in God's timing we all become reunited with all of whom we've loved in this lifetime. I love the idea of Jane and John now holding hands once again.


Barbara Novak

Posted at 02:15pm
Mrs. Barden was one of the nicest people I know. She never seemed to mind that her yard was full of kids and always had a smile for us. She raised four awesome children of which she was proud. She is now together again with the love of her life. It was a pleasure knowing her.

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