Janice 'Jan''s Story
- Janice "Jan" M. Searway, 72, of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, died peacefully on July 13, 2017, surrounded by family. She was born in Houlton, Maine, on December 10, 1944, the daughter of Harvey Harbison Jr. and Doris Mae Currie Harbison.
Jan graduated from Houlton High School in 1963 and attended Mount Ida Junior College and Ricker College. She married her husband, Scott in 1966 shortly after his graduation from the Maine Maritime Academy. Jan was known as a kind and gentle woman who always saw the best in others. She had many close, long standing friendships and was truly full of grace. Throughout her adult life Jan lived in Auburn, Cumberland Foreside, and Naples, FL. She formed beautiful and deep relationships that she treasured. Her greatest pride and joy was found in her grandchildren and creating special memories with them during summers at their family home on Chebeague Island. She was a long standing supporter of the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine. A lifelong Episcopalian, she served on the Vestry at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Auburn and was actively involved at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Falmouth.
She is survived by her husband, Scott and their three daughters, Ellen Silver (Andrew) of North Potomac, MD, Linda Gervais (Joseph) of Portland and Sarah Ledbury (Stephen) of Needham, MA; and seven grandchildren, Owen, Eliza, Alexandra, Mia, Thomas, Megan and Matthew. Also surviving are her mother, Doris; sister, June Harbison; and several close nephews and a niece. She was predeceased by her father, Harvey, in 1954.
Visiting hours will be at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Monday, July 17, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Falmouth, Maine, at 2:30 p.m. on July 18 with burial immediately following in St Mary's Burial Garden. The family would like to welcome friends and family to join them at Jan and Scott's home in Cumberland Foreside following the service to celebrate her life.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Love MD, Dr. James Zeitlin MD, and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice center for their loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Jan's memory to The Ronald McDonald House, 250 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102; Susan Curtis Foundation, dba Camp Susan Curtis, 1321 Washington Ave #104, Portland, ME 04103; or Recompense Foundation, P.O. Box 42, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.
Published on  July 15, 2017