Jane M. Spofford, a.k.a. Plain Jane from Maine, passed away peacefully Oct. 19 at Safe Havens, St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor.
She was born Nov. 20, 1933 in Pemaquid Harbor to William and Dorothy (Oldham) Brown.
Upon graduation from Gorham Teachers College, she taught school in the Bath and Boothbay Harbor areas. Jane was also a swimming instructor and she taught many locals to swim. Eventually, she and husband Ron built the North Star Motel and Restaurant. They owned and operated the business for 25-plus years and became lifetime friends with many of their guests and employees. Jane worked at the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce and several other local businesses, always working with people – something she was great at and thoroughly enjoyed.
After retirement, Jane worked at Cap’N Fish’s hotel for many seasons. She loved greeting new and familiar guests. She was also co-owner of North Star Tours with Ron for 30 years.
Her love of people was evident from the moment you met her. Lots of loving smiles and boundless positive attitude were always something to look forward to. Jane was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She felt very blessed to have her family so close by, something she spoke about often. Her love of music shown throughout her life, although she played the piano and led many bus tour sing-a-longs, her biggest joy was listening to her children Dick and Sally, play music.
Jane was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ron Spofford; brothers, Lemuel and David Brown; and niece, Elizabeth Kelly.
She is survived by her loving children, Richard Spofford, Sally Carroll (Rob Cornell), and Laurie Simmons (Richard); grandchildren, Will Carroll (Amber), Samantha Carroll, Chad Carroll (Jenna Williams), Emily Spofford, Jared Spofford (Brittany Corson), Jacob Simmons, Lincoln Simmons (Lindsey Smalley), Shawn Simmons (Ashley DiGiulian), and Thomas Cornell; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Liam, Kayla, Levi, Laiken, and Bristol; daughter-in-law, Bridget Malmsten; son-in-law, Dan Carroll; nieces, Diane Randlett, Tammy Devore, Bonnie Stover, Ellen Brown, and Lisa Peterson; nephew, Dan Brown; and sisters-in-law, Marie Spofford, Kay Brown, and Pat Brown.
At the request of Jane, there will be a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boothbay Region Community Fellowship, c/o Alfred Roberts, 12 Roberts Circle, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
To extend online condolences, please visit hallfuneralhomes.com.
Hall’s of Boothbay has care of the arrangements.