Jeanne's Story

PERHAM - Jeanne (Shorey) Adams of Perham, Maine and formerly of Derry, NH, died at Forest Hill in Fort Kent, Maine, on September 26, 2014, following an extended illness. She was born on August 11, 1926 in Dover, NH, the daughter of Clifton and Virginia (Emerson) Shorey. She was predeceased in 1998 by her husband, Sheldon; her son, Norman, in 2004; and by a sister Carol in 1978.

She attended one year of Keene (NH) Teachers' College, but withdrew and became a registered nurse, graduating from Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts in 1949. She spent most of her professional career as a geriatric nurse; supervising nursing homes before retiring because of an injury she was truly very capable even until the very end of her life.

She is survived by brothers Kenneth Shorey of Rollinsford, NH and Ron Shorey of Somersworth, NH; her daughter Janet and husband Bruce Grieco of Perham; a daughter in law, Connie Adams of Concord, NH; granddaughter, Kasey (Grieco) and her husband, Andrew McNeally of New Sweden; grandson Joshua Adams and his wife Michelle of Concord, NH; grandson Evan Adams of Manchester, NH; great grandsons Silas and Emerson McNeally; great granddaughter Kenley Adams; numerous nieces and nephews, and a clutch of "adopted" grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nana, as she was called by many who loved her, was a terrific baker, and made a mean cucumber relish too. She adored her husband, and showed it. She grew passionate about politics in the last eight years or so, becoming a rabid Democrat and spending hours watching CNN and CSPAN. She didn't take a quarrel lightly, but she loved her friends and family and made up more often than she stomped off. She spoiled her grandchildren and doted on her great-grands. Anyone who has spent any time with her in the last few years knows all about her great grandsons and great granddaughter. A good joke could make her laugh until she cried. For her, Chinese food was comfort food. She hated being alone. She was fiercely independent. She had a platitude for every occasion. She drove based only on landmarks - standard directions were useless to her. She loved flowers, music, and good old-fashioned food, and she spoiled her grand dogs - Hannah, Monty and Prince - as much as she spoiled her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She held everyone to a high standard, most of all herself. She remembered her manners, right up until she was no longer able to speak.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Aroostook, EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or at

A memorial celebration will be held at Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou, ME at a time to be announced.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, NH. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, with a Reception to follow at the Rollinsford American Legion. To sign our online guestbook, please go to
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