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.