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Jane E. (Pendexter) Swan

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Jane E. (Pendexter) Swan, 88
PORTLAND - Jane E. Swan, 88, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Monday with her family by her side after a short illness. Jane was born the only child of Guilford and Myrtle Greenleaf Pendexter on June 24, 1926, in Steep Falls, where she grew up and attended school until her family moved to Portland in 1941. She graduated from Deering High School in 1944, where she met her future husband of 56 years, Thomas R. Swan.
After high school she attended Westbrook College, where she graduated with a nursing degree and became a practicing nurse.
In 1947 she married Thomas R. Swan and devoted her life to raising her three children, John, Stephen and Deborah. She later began a teaching career in Portland elementary schools, and then retired to Vero Beach, Fla., where she and her husband spent many happy winters entertaining family and friends.
She was devoted to her dachshund, Sadie and to the Boston Celtics and Red Sox, rarely missing a game on television. She recently attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park with her grandson John.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her beloved husband Thomas in 2004. Survivors include her son John of Portland, Stephen and his wife Barbara of Portland, her daughter Deborah Blackburn and her husband Richard of Falmouth; seven grandchildren, John Swan of Boston, Michael Swan of Portland, Colin and Payson Swan of Windham, Sarah Swan and her fiancé Michael Fullerton of Portland, Derek and Stephanie Blackburn of Portland, Tyler and Dominique Blackburn of Portland, Greg and Ashley Blackburn of Gorham; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at Woodfords Church on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane's memory to:
The Animal Rescue League
P.O. Box 336
Westbrook, Maine 04098
Jane E. (Pendexter) Swan
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
775-3763

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 5, 2014
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