Jane Dalton Strange Hess died Friday Aug. 24, 2018, at Dogwood Village in Orange, Virginia, where she was under Hospice care.
She was born Dec. 11, 1922, in Woodford County, to Charles Strange and Iva Prather Strange. She graduated from Morehead State University with a BA in 1944 and Old Dominion University/Catholic University with a MSLS in 1976. In the fall of 1944, she began work in the library of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia. Jane spent her entire career in the library at NASA. She retired in 1990 as the Director of the Technical Library at the Langley Research Center. Jane received many awards at NASA over the course of her career. She was also actively involved in professional organizations as well as state and Newport News community organizations. Jane met her beloved husband, Bob, at the Langley Research Center where he was a physicist. They were married in 1948 and were together for 64 years, until his death in 2012. Sharing a special bond with her sisters, Jane will be remembered for her caring and generosity toward them and other family members.
She is survived by three nephews, Jack Strange, Marc (Rossana) Copeland, Charles (Eleanor) Dempsey; and three nieces, Carole (Leonard) Lohman, Mary (John) Virginia “Ginger” Shields and Cordelia Douglas “Dede” Hudson. There are a number of great nephews and nieces as well as great-great nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Bernard B. Strange, Avis S. Dempsey, Cordelia Y. Strange, Derwood M. Strange, Dorothy S. Copeland, and her husband, Robert V. Hess.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 27, at Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst, Virginia. Interment followed in Amherst Cemetery.(Paid obituary)