Plainfield Garden Club








2013-11-16 Celebration of the Life of Barbara Sandford

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Cover of the program

Page 1 of program

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Back of Program

Barbara Tracy Sandford

Photo by Ted Turner

Altar arrangement by Sarah Sandford

The greens used in the arrangement were from Barbara's garden. Note the beautiful red Japanese Maple leaves.

Photo by Ted Turner

Altar flowers

Photo by Ted Turner

Note middle name of composer, Folliott Sandford Pierpoint

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

These words were written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917).

Folliot Sandford Pierpoint was born in 1835 in Bath, England. He graduated from Queen's College, Cambridge University in 1857 and thereafter spent many years at Somersetshire College as a classics master. After retiring he lived in various places in the West Country. He died in 1917 in Monmouthshire, England.

The story goes that Pierpoint was taking a walk one late Spring day, in the lovely area surrounding his home in Bath, England. Overwhelmed with the beauty he saw, he sat down and wrote "For the Beauty of the Earth." Not only does Pierpoint thank God for His beautiful creation, but also for family, friends and other gifts God has bestowed upon us.

This hymn was originally written to be a communion hymn in the Anglican Church. It was first published in Rev. Orvy Shipley's Lyra Eucharistica, 1864. The last two lines of each verse, which constitute the chorus, have been changed and adapted several times over the years as has the length of the hymn since Pierpoints' version had eight verses. It remains his best known hymn as he appeared to be primarily a writer of poetry.

It is both lovely and inspiring to think that for nearly 150 years people have been singing these same words and giving thanks to the Lord for His beautiful Earth. We sang them ourselves in St. John's Cathedral this morning to the Melody 'St. Hughs'. I counted three different known tunes for this hymn last night!

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The remainder of the hymn is as follows:

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

Column to the right of the altar

Note the engraved stone "In Loving Memory of Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D. 1903 - 1917"

Mrs. Zelie was a member of the PGC:
Zelie, Mrs. John Sheridan (Henrietta Shapleigh Campbell) '17

Rev. Zelie was a remarkable person. After serving the congregation of Crescent Avenue, he shipped to France to serve as chaplain in the early days of WWI. Click Mrs. Zelie's profile to read a wonderful story titled "The Marine and the Chaplain."

Rev. John S. Zelie

Column to the right of the altar

Dr. Charles L. Mead married Evie Madsen's daughter, Nancy Hance, December 2, 1968.

Perhaps Rev. Mead was a relation to "our" Mrs. Mead?

Mead, Mrs. Frederick Goodhue (Marie Louise Myers) '15

Mrs. Mead donated one of the stained glass windows in the church:

1910 New York Observer

Plainfield Church Renovated

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at Plainfield, N. J., of which the Rev. John S. Zelie, D. D., is the pastor, has recently been enriched by the gifts of two handsome stained glass windows. The subject of the first window is "The Presentation in the Temple," and the second, "The Resurrection." The windows are rich and brilliant in color, and are done in painted and stained glass in the style of the renaissance which harmonizes with and carries out the general scheme of decoration of the church.

The first window is a memorial to Frederick G. Mead and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers by Mrs. Frederick G. Mead and the second window is in memory of Mr. Samuel Fisher Kimball, a deacon of the church, by his wife Mrs. Emma C. Kimball. The gifts of these windows follows the entire renovation of the church, which has been one of the the most successful renovations ever carried out. It was finished two years abo under the direction of Mr. Arthur Ware, of New York, and has resulted in making the Crescent Avenue Church one of the most beautiful and churchly edifices in the country.

Frederick, being of course her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers were Mrs. Mead's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were also founding member Mrs. Jared Kirtland (Mary Ann Stillman) Myers '15 in-laws.

There were many Stillmans in the Club:

Quarles, Mrs. Ernest Augustus (Anita Mary Stillman) '22
Stillman, Mrs. Albert Leeds (Virginia Brown) '41
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Elizabeth B. Atwood) '15
Stillman, Mrs. William Maxson (Ethel Lucille Titsworth) '42

The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Chapel

Phyllis remembered hearing the story that "the putti" engraved in stone in the Crescent Avenue chapel were of Mrs. C. Boardman Tyler's son John, who was married to PGC member Peggy Tyler.

Tyler, Mrs. Cornelius Boardman (Susan Tilden Whittlesey) '25, President 1944 - 1947

Tyler, Mrs. John (Margaret or "Peggy") '59

Is this the face of John Tyler?

Mrs. Tyler's son John

The chapel

There are 8 stone carvings in all.

The chapel

A photo on the welcome reception table

Welcome table

Welcome table

Photo by Ted Turner

Collage of photos

The center photo of Barbara in a boat is particularly wonderful. Barbara's daughters explained that she loved to sail. Barbara's grandmother Mrs. Tracy owned a house in Hyannisport next to the Kennedy home. Barbara sailed with all the Kennedys. She was a contemporary of Joe Jr. Mrs. Tracy sold the house once President Kennedy was voted into office as the secret service and other traffic made the house less desirable.

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Barbara Tracy Sandford

Barbara Tracy Sandford

Barbara Tracy Sandford

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Collage of photos

Photo by Ted Turner

Barbara's daughter Cindy Sandford Landreth

Arrangements in the Guild Room

Arrangements in the Guild Room

Needlepoint Bench for Kay Foster

Foster, Mrs. Henry Pratt (Katherine Gould or "Kay") '69

In Memoriam Kay Foster

Barbara Sandford Memorial Service Saturday

by Dan Damon

Listen to the Memorial Music

Fantasy on The Strife is O'er C. S. Lang

Meditation (from the Trois Improvisations) Louis Verne

Andante sostenuto (from Symphonie Gothique) Charles-Marie Widor, Edward Elgar

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Fugue in E-flat - nicknamed St. Anne Johann Sebastian Bach

For the Beauty of the Earth

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Sortie on Hymn to Joy Michael Burkhardt