Jane (Blackstone) Cleaves

Yarmouth, ME – Jane (Blackstone) Cleaves, 70, died peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side on Friday, January 4, 2018. 


She was born on January 7, 1947 in Portland, ME a daughter of the late Herbert & Eleanor (Reed) Blackstone.  She grew up in Yarmouth, attending local area schools and was a 1965 graduate of Yarmouth High School.  


In 1968 she graduated from Central Maine General Hospital of Nursing in Lewiston.  She then began her long nursing career that lasted until her retirement. Jane worked at several hospitals, spending the majority of her career at Maine Medical Center from which she retired. At Maine Medical she worked in the Oncology unit and eventually the Cardiac Unit, which was her passion.  

Throughout her career, Jane was involved in many organizations. American Heart Association Board, Maine Behavioral Health and their TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) board.  She was also past President of the Yarmouth Lions Club. 


At the First Universalist Church, Jane was involved in every program going., as well as being past President of the Board of Trustees for many years. She was an incredible leader, and a passionate advocate for organizational as well as individual health. 


Jane is survived by her son, Brian (Rachel), of Yarmouth, daughter Jennifer (Eric) Ayer of Richmond, Maine. Granddaughters Alyssa, Kali and Morgan Ayer as well as a great grandson Marcus. Jane is also survived by her sister Joan Kalbach of Freeport. 


Jane’s favorite saying- "Love People Feed Them Good Food." 


A celebration of life for Jane will be held Saturday, January 20 at 1:00 P.M. at Yarmouth Performing Arts Center, 286 West Elm Street, Yarmouth 

Bright casual attire would be appropriate. 


In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to the First Universalist Church, 97 Main St, Yarmouth, ME 04096. 


0 #6 Bill Fyler 2018-01-19 22:57
Jane was the matriarch of R7. Everything that goes on was a touch of Jane in it. Jane was my mentor and I have become the nurse I am today from what Jane taught me. Jane will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss her. I really wanted to read the book she wanted to write. Mama Jane you are the best and I will miss that wonderful smile. RIP
0 #5 Cheryl Rust 2018-01-18 16:33
Jane was an inspiration. It was an honor to serve with her on the board of Maine Behavioral Healthcare - to be buoyed by her knowledge, commitment, humor and wisdom. Her legacy is deep. My heart is with her family who meant so much to her.
0 #4 Phyllis Wentworth 2018-01-16 22:19
Dear Jane this world is not going to be the same without you. We have been friends since we were five years old. You.have done so very much for this earth and the many people you have touched and how much have given of your self, without a second thought. Jennifer, Brian, Joan and family, so very sorry for your loss. Phyllis Wentworth
0 #3 Janet 2018-01-15 20:29
Brian and Jennifer,
Your Mother was a phenomenal person with a quick sense of humor. Absolutely adored interacting with her throughout the years - we were in the same committees, volunteered at Beach to Beacon together, and interacted as professionals working at MMC over many years.
We talked about retirement and the 'plans' we had . . . will miss knowing she is out making a fuss still.
0 #2 JOAN ESTABROOK 2018-01-15 11:07
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend,
0 #1 Leslie Livingston 2018-01-14 16:12
Jane was a wonderful woman and I was honored to work with her on the board of the First UU in Yarmouth! Always smiling and always listening!!!! Sending love and prayers to her family!

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