Jane Brister 73, of Wilmington passed away Saturday November 26, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Jane was born in Screven County, GA on July 13, 1938 the daughter of the late Gary and Catherine Brunson Stafford. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Savannah High School class of 1956, and a graduate of Florida State University. After college she was with the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court as a Probation Officer. She was the director of Metairie Playcare Preschool in New Orleans before moving to Wilmington in 1981.
Before retiring in 1996, June dedicated her career to advocating for children. In her past, Jane served as the Executive Director for the Child Advocacy Commission, where she developed and coordinated diverse programs that benefitted children and youth. She was a skilled fundraiser and wrote grants that allowed the agency to significantly expand, thereby increasing the number of youths that were served. She was hired as the Guardian ad Litem Administrator for the 5th Judicial District when the first five programs were piloted throughout North Carolina, and successfully developed a strong program that served abused and neglected children in New Hanover and Pender Counties. The NC Legislature enacted legislation in 1993 to create a statewide Guardian ad Litem program, based on the success of the pilot programs. Jane’s compassion for children, extensive knowledge of judicial procedures, working relations with community professionals and volunteers made her an effective child advocate. Throughout her life, she was truly a voice for children.
Surviving are her husband of 43 years Ted Brister, son Stafford Brister of Wilmington, brother Charlie Stafford and wife Marion of Richmond Hill, GA.
A Celebration of Life will be at Blue Point Club house, in Porters Neck on Sunday December 11, 2011 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
Memorials in lieu of flowers and be made to American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099