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PHIPPSBURG - Jane Parker Morse passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, after a 21-month battle with glioblastoma.

She was the daughter of John G. Morse Jr. and Frances Robie Morse of Phippsburg. She attended Phippsburg schools, and graduated from Morse High School in 1969 and Colby College in 1973. While at Colby, she spent a semester at Oxford and continued to visit England for several years after that. She graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1980.

She was employed at the law firm of Friedman and Atherton in Boston. While living in Boston, Jane joined the BU Rowing Club and enjoyed spending time rowing on the Charles River.

In 1993, Jane gave up her career in law upon the death of her father and moved home to Phippsburg to care for her mother and help to run the family businesses. As vice president of Sagadahock Real Estate Association, Jane became very involved in promoting the success of downtown Bath. She spent countless hours searching for the stores she thought Bath needed and persuading them to open in Bath. The diversification of offerings in downtown Bath is very much due to Jane's vision.

Jane also was a founding member of Main Street Bath and served as its president for one term. She was on the Board of Corporators at the Patten Free Library, Bath Savings Institution and MidCoast Hospital. She also spent many hours serving on the boards of Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc, and the Bath Historical Society. Jane served on the program committee at SPI where she arranged for many educational and entertaining programs and talks.

She loved the maritime history of her home town, a love that was passed down to her from her father who spent many a dinner conversing about the subject. She followed in his footsteps as a member of the board of the Maine Maritime Museum. Jane loved boating and sailing in particular. She was truly relaxed when she was out on the water. She loved music, especially opera, and books. She had a collection of books about Bath and maritime history, as well as historic preservation.

Jane's life was enriched by her nieces and nephews. She watched over their lives carefully and was particularly fond of their children when they were born.

Jane was predeceased by her parents, John and Frances Morse.

She is survived by her brother, John G. Morse IV and his wife Elizabeth, of Phippsburg; her sister, Frances M. Bowen and her husband William, of Chelmsford, Mass.; nephews Benjamin M. Morse and his wife Deborah of Brunswick, and Parker J. Morse and his wife Alison Wade of Wellesley, Mass.; nieces Sara B. Pratt and her husband Nicholas, of Hingham, Mass., Rachel B. Barrientos and her husband Phillip, of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Emily B. Hosmer and her husband Cameron, of Philadelphia, Pa.; and five grand-nephews and six grand-nieces whom she adored.

A memorial service will be held at the Phippsburg Congregational Church, UCC, on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., in Bath.

Memorial donations may be made to the
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530
Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.
Fund for the Restoration of the Winter Street Sanctuary
P.O. Box 322
Bath, ME 04530
Bath Historical Society
33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 24, 2016
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