Jean Ann Johnstone, 90, of Damariscotta, passed away on Oct. 18 at the LincolnHealth – Miles campus, after a brief illness. Jean Ann was born on Nov. 7, 1925 in Mars Hill, the daughter of Harold Libby and Alice Libby (Burns).
Jean Ann graduated from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield and Eastern Maine General, now Eastern Maine Medical Center, on an accelerated program with a degree in nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse at Eastern Maine General, and later at Franklin Memorial Hospital. She retired from nursing to raise her family, and in later years was a music teacher in the North Anson school system.
Jean Ann was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star, and served as Grand Martha and as District Deputy for the Grand Chapter of Maine.
After retiring from teaching, Jean Ann and husband Brad owned and operated the Family Store in Skowhegan where her pies were legendary.
Jean Ann enjoyed playing her piano and singing, baking, gardening, helping her husband with his many projects, and taking care of her large family which was always first in her heart.
Jean Ann was a member of Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor, North Waterboro Community Baptist Church where she was an enthusiastic volunteer in the Clothes Cupboard, and finally, after moving to Damariscotta to live with her daughter Karen, a valued and loved member of Damariscotta United Methodist Church.
In 1948, Jean Ann married the love of her life, Bradford W. Johnstone Sr.
Jean Ann was predeceased by her husband, Brad; sister, Ruth Hunt; and three grandchildren.
Surviving are her children, Pam Allen and husband C. Arthur of Auburn, Jan Doughty and husband Stephen of Bristol, Conn., Bradford W. Johnstone Jr. and wife Shirley of Raymond, Karen Bachelder and husband Bruce of Damariscotta, and “the youngest and cutest” Ellen Sanford and husband Stephen of Raymond; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Libby of Dalton, Ill., and Blair Libby of Gulfport, Fla.; brother-in-law, Robert Hunt of Fullerton, Cal.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 22 at the Damariscotta United Methodist Church, 10 Church St., Damariscotta.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Damariscotta United Methodist Church Pet Pantry, PO Box 1053, Damariscotta, ME 04543.
Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting www.StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.