Jeanne Nobles Bishop, lifelong resident of Lansing, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2023, at the age of 95 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY, surrounded with family. Born December 17, 1927, at home in Ludlowville, NY, Jeanne Phyllis Nobles was the daughter of the late Winona (Alexander) and Everett Nobles. She was baptized in the Ludlowville Methodist Church and was a lifelong member of what is now Lansing United Methodist Church.
Her most cherished loves were her family, church, country, and Cayuga Lake. She was happy to grow up in a small town where everyone knew each other, where kids played “kick the can”, swam under the Ludlowville falls, and skated on the Fishpond. Her father was the Ludlowville mail carrier for over 40 years. One summer, she was asked to drive her father on his route and was proud to have only hit one mailbox.
Jeanne graduated from Ludlowville High School (now Lansing High School) in 1945 and Becker Jr. College in Worcester, MA in 1947. She worked as a medical assistant in a pediatrician’s office for a few years. In 1950, she married William “Bill” Bishop from Buffalo. They built a house with an incredible view of Cayuga lake, on the hill past the Lansing schools, near Sperry Lane. After a few years, they wanted to be at the lake, so Bill built a cottage and then a year-round home on Lansing Station Road.
As a young couple they enjoyed stockcar racing, where she often won the women’s “Powder Puff races”. She loved sports and played basketball in high school and college. She was a dedicated supporter of Lansing sports, the Buffalo Bills, and UConn girls’ basketball team. She was a leader of two 4-H clubs for her girls, homeroom mother each year, and made pounds of peanut brittle for the Lansing United Methodist Church Fall bazaars as a lifelong member of the Lansing United Methodist Women Club. She was also very involved in the Lansingville Ladies Auxiliary.
At the ripe old age of 35, she and Bill and their children started snow skiing, at the insistence of their friends. They enjoyed skiing for 20 years or more. Later, they wintered in Florida and traveled to places in the US and Europe. One memorable trip was to Luxembourg where she was honored to see her brother’s name engraved on a monument in the American Cemetery built to honor the Americans who fought in Battle of the Bulge during WWII.
Jeanne was an active member of the Lansing Historical Society and was instrumental in the writing of their historical book. In later years her greatest joy was sitting around her 100-year-old dinner table or 4th of July campfires listening to her children and grandchildren’s stories. But most of all she cherished living in the original cottage they had built on “her lake” until her passing.
She is survived by her children, Connie B. Mabry (Clayton), Scott Bishop (Karen), Linda B. Kick (Tom), and Diane B. Smith; grandchildren, Kristin Hopkins (Dan), Nathan and Kevin Mabry, Christopher (Trish) and Patrick (Michelle) Bishop, Laura Molter (Andrew), Daniel Kick (Caitlyn), and Leah Smith; and 7 great-granddaughters, Natalie, Rachel and Ella Hopkins, Annabelle, Coralynn, and Everlee Molter, and Chloe Bishop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son-in-law, Michael Smith; and siblings, Virginia Quay and Lloyd Nobles.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on November 19, 2023, at the Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882. A gathering will immediately follow in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be in Ludlowville Pine Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family.