Janet's Story

DEXTER - Janet Alma Rines, 90, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2015 at Togus Springs Hospice Unit in Augusta, ME, with her daughter, Judy, by her side. Janet was born on February 18, 1925 at home in Athens, ME where she was welcomed by her parents, Amos E., Jr. and Beatrice M. (Trueworthy) Rines. Orphaned at the age of 12, she lived at Goodwill Hinckley until her graduation in 1942. She received her nursing degree from Sisters of Charity Hospital in Waterville in 1946. Soon after, she enlisted in the Army, and after completing basic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, was transferred to the Air Force. She served as a charge nurse at Wheelus Field Air Base in Tripoli, Libya and was commissioned as Captain before being honorably discharged.

Her nursing career continued at the Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan before she became Dexter's Public Health nurse and School nurse, positions she held for nearly thirty five years. She is fondly remembered in the greater Dexter community for her compassion and her servant heart. Before retiring in 1994, she also worked at Mayo Regional Hospital in DoverFoxcroft. She was the first recipient of the Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University of Maine in 1976.

Jan was a 60-year member of the Dexter First Baptist Church, serving as a Deaconess, youth group leader, Sunday school teacher and member of the Flower Committee. She was also active in the Sunshine Club, Dexter Women's Literary Club, American Legion, Dexter Public Health Association, Salvation Army, RN Guild, and served as an incorporator of the Plummer Associates and Silver Lake Housing. She enjoyed reading, knitting and gardening, especially enjoying her flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Gordon (Todd), Philip and Waldo Rines; and her sisters, Winnifred Crocker and Maxine Lothrop.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Mark Johnston of Manchester, ME and her granddaughter, Elizabeth Johnston of Augusta, ME as well as many nieces and nephews (and 'greats') who were very special to her.

The family wishes to thank her good friends for their frequent calls, notes and visits. Also a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, volunteers and ancillary staff at Togus Springs Hospice Unit for the exceptional care and respect given to her as well as to her family and friends during her final months. They truly are angels on earth!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to one of the following will continue the spirit of giving and caring demonstrated by Jan: Sunshine Club, c/o Nancy Baldwin, 59 Acadia St., Dexter, Maine 04930, Manna Food Ministries, PO Box 2763, Bangor ME 04402 or the Dexter First Baptist Church, PO Box 573, Dexter, ME 04930.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 4 to 7 PM at Crosby & Neal 61 Main Street in Dexter. A service of celebration will be held 2 PM, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Dexter First Baptist Church. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
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