MADISON, Wis. - Sarah Jane Campbell Cassidy Haughwout, 81, died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2012, at Agrace Hospice, after a long illness.
Sarah Jane was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Lewistown, to Dr. Halton Creighton and Christina Janet (Jean) Cassidy, who were naturalized citizens, originally from Quebec, Canada. Her parents were helped in raising their spirited child by Lydia Peachey, of Belleville, who remained part of the family until her death in 1987. Sarah Jane's younger brother, Thomas Creighton, was born four years later, and the family did much traveling to Lac Louisa, in Quebec, and to Sanibel Island, Fla., where the family had a winter home.
Sarah Jane attended boarding school at Walnut Hill in Natick, Maine, and then went on to Smith College. Part way through, at age 20, she married Peter Janse Haughwout. They traveled the world and lived in Europe and the South Pacific before ultimately returning to the U.S. so Peter could attend medical school and she could obtain her bachelor of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah Jane Cassidy Campbell Haughwout
She and Peter had two children, Andrew Field and Jean Campbell. After she and Peter divorced, Sarah Jane first lived with the children in Sanibel, but settled back in Lewistown to raise her children with the help of her mother and Lydia. She worked for many years as a substitute teacher for the Mifflin County School District, focusing primarily on English and French, and was a dedicated volunteer at the Red Cross and Lewistown Hospital.
She moved to Madison, Wis., in 2006, to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and two of her five grandchildren. She lived at Oakwood Village University Woods and enjoyed volunteering at the store and the many musical activities available there. She made some new friends in her final years and appreciated their companionship and shared dinners - or just desserts - at the Village Inn.
In May 2011, she was diagnosed with cancer and was remarkably calm in her acceptance. She was able to spend her 80th birthday in her beloved Sanibel, surrounded by many of her family, eating in a restaurant which had originally been the garage of the family's old property.
As her disease progressed, hospice became an important part of her weekly routine, along with many helpers on the Oakwood Resident Care Program staff who did much daily work for Sarah Jane. These compassionate people enabled Sarah Jane to stay in her home until her ultimate admission to the beautiful Agrace Hospice, in Fitchburg, two weeks before her death. The family is very grateful for the thoughtful, respectful care Sarah Jane received from these dedicated professionals.
Sarah Jane is survived by: one brother, Thomas Creighton, his wife, Judy, and their three children and four grandchildren; first cousins, James (Sheila) Campbell and Robert (Cynthia) Campbell, and their children and grandchildren; son, Andrew Field (Katherine Hempstead), and their children, Madeline Morrison, John Morrison and Joseph Andrew; and daughter, Jean Campbell (Jon Keevil), and their children, Margo Fraser and Simon Janse.
We will miss her love of chocolate, her irreverence and humor, but she and her stories will live on in us.
Services will be held in celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Oakwood Village West, in the Oaks Community Room, 6225 Mineral Point Road, Madison, Wis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Agrace Hospice, Oakwood or the American Red Cross.