Jane Tompkins Heselton – Navy Spouse

From a contemporary press report:

Jane Tompkins “Tommie” Heselton, 78, of Annapolis and formerly of La Jolla, California, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 15, 2001, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Maryland. after a brief illness.

Mrs. Heselton was born October 4, 1922, in Port Chester, New York. She was raised in the Panama Canal Zone, where she met her future hus band while he was on his “youngster” cruise from the Naval Academy. The couple was married in the Naval Academy chapel on June 19, 1942.

She graduated from Temple University School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a registered nurse and practiced nursing from time to time while accompanying her Naval officer husband to numerous duty stations. An avid traveler, she visited most parts of the world and for 10 years planned and guided tours of the Orient for groups of friends and acquaintances. She particularly enjoyed Lake Tahoe, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, visiting there at least twice a year. She was an active bowler and dedicated Navy football fan. Her other interests centered around her dog, a toy poodle.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, retired Navy Captain Leslie R. Heselton Jr. of Annapolis and San Diego, Calif.; two sons,  Les Heselton of Moorestown, N.J., and Tom Heselton of Frederick; five grandchildren; and two greatgrandsons.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Naval Academy Chapel. Burial will be at 10 a.m. June 26 in Arlington National Cemetery.

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