Janice MacGregor (Crane) Jacobs

May 30, 1926 - Sep 19, 2017

Janice's Story

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Auburn - Janice was born to Percy F. Crane and Frances Emily (Talbot) Crane at their home in East Machias, Maine. Janice's first five years of life were spent in East Machias, Maine, where her father was Headmaster of Washington Academy. In later years, the family moved to Bethel, Maine, where Percy was Headmaster of Gould Academy. She started school there and attended through 5th grade. She dearly loved her Bethel years, filled with fond childhood memories. The family then moved to Orono, Maine, where Janice attended Orono schools through 11th grade. She returned to Bethel to attend Gould Academy for her Senior year. Janice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in 1949. She was a member of All Maine Women, an honorary society. As a sophomore studying Spanish, Janice had the opportunity to study abroad in Cuba. She was immersed in the Cuban culture, living with a host family while continuing her education at the University of Havana, Cuba. Janice found her calling in teaching. Her first classroom in Rockland, Maine, set her course for the future. The following career spanned over 27 years. She taught 3rd and 4th grade, as well as self-contained special education programs, and as a coordinator of services for students with special needs. Her involvement in the field of education also included professional associations: the National Education Association, the Maine Teacher's Association, and the Washington County Teacher's Association. Janice found enjoyment in the simple things in life, such as, combing the beach for sea glass, canoeing down the East Machias River, camping at Herring Cove, and hiking the coast of Maine. She had a lifelong interest in Girl Scouts; from her time as a scout, through her time as a counselor, and a leader.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Talbot Crane; her ex-husband, Dana Jacobs; two dear nieces, Nancy Crane and Margaret Barton; a son-in-law, Willard Look; and her dear friend, Barbara Porier. She is survived by her beloved children: daughter, Dana (Jacobs) Stevens and her husband, Henry, son, Lester Jacobs and his wife, Mary Beth, son, Stewart Jacobs and his wife, Kathy, son, Andrew Jacobs and his wife, Karen, daughter ,Margaret (Jacobs) Sauther and her husband, Arnold, and daughter, Judith (Jacobs) Look. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 6 great- grandchildren; and her dear friend, Martha Livingstone.
A private family burial will take place November 25, 2017, at the Riverside Cemetery, Orono, Maine. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Clover Manor, Galway and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. You provided compassionate, dignified, and loving care that allowed for a loving, peaceful end of life.
In lieu of flowers, please make the donation of a book(s) titled CREATING MOMENTS OF JOY, by Jolene Brackey and/or ON PLUTO, by Greg O'Brien. Both were instrumental in learning about and helping Mom journey through her Alzheimer's. Please forward any books to: ATTN J LOOK, 17 Jepson Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. A library will be created to assist new families on their journey with their loved one(s).
Published on  September 29, 2017
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