Wayside UMC in Vallejo had recently lost two of her beloved parishioners.
Lillian Stanfield died on November 6 after succumbing to cancer. Until the pandemic and her death, Lillian has served Wayside as volunteer organist for 42 of the church’s 63 years of history. Lillian is survived by daughter, Lisa and friend, Kathy Hubbard.
Jane Gates Bandy, 91, passed away Nov. 30. A Methodist minister’s daughter, Jane came to California from Colby, Kansas and joined Wayside in 2015 after the death of her husband, Rev. Thomas Bandy. She and her husband served various churches in Kansas and Texas. Jane held teaching positions at many of these locations and was very active in the United Methodist Women’s program. A highlight of her involvement was being chosen as a U.S. representative to a world-wide gathering in Singapore and a visit to China. Jane who enjoyed writing had been a member of the Kansas Writers’ Guild and had some of her poetry published. Jane is survived by her four sons, Philip (Deborah), Grand Junction, CO; Bruce (Leatte) of Colby, KS; Brad, Vallejo, CA; and Kirk (Jiia), Junction City, CA and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her eldest, Phil was our Conference director of Volunteers in Mission from 2009 to 2015. A Celebration of Jane’s Life will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Colby United Methodist Church. Memorials to Kansas UMW or to Colby United Methodist Church can be sent care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For more information or condolences, visit www.baalmannmortuary.com