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Janice E. McGowan

April 11, 1941 January 3, 2019
Janice E. McGowan
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Obituary for Janice E. McGowan

PITTSFIELD-Janice Elaine Dunphy McGowan, 77, died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in Pittsfield.

She was born on April 11, 1941, in Burnham, Maine, the daughter of the late Hillis and Josephine (Reed) Dunphy. She married Robert McGowan on June 20, 1959. Janice worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in the early 60’s and from 1967-1972, she was employed at Galusha’s Inc., in Clinton. She retired from the Federal Trust Company in Waterville in 1993 after being employed by them since 1972.

Janice enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and diamond painting. Over the course of her life, she had made hundreds of quilts and afghans. Traveling across the state of Maine and Canada to see lighthouses was one of her favorite things to do. She visited many covered bridges in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She was a member of the Burnham Extension for many years and served as the treasurer for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert McGowan of Pittsfield; two daughters: Susan Huffer and husband Alan of Detroit and Rhonda Kennedy and companion Martin Harris of Oakland; grandchildren: Ashley Kennedy and fiancé Adam Aranda of Palmdale, CA, Kristi de Bree and husband Chris of North Waterboro, Megan Huffer and fiancé Sam Roberts of Sangerville and Shane Huffer of Portland; great grandchildren: Audrey and Amelie Aranda, Marlowe and Ira Roberts and baby boy de Bree due to be born in April; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and four brothers, Richard Dunphy, Linwood “Red” Dunphy, John Dunphy, and Reed Dunphy.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue, Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 11, at the funeral home. A spring committal service will be held at the Greenlawn Rest Cemetery in Clinton.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine, 04086, in Janice’s memory.

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4:00 PM 1/10/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1/10/2019 6:00:00 PM
Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home

191 Hartland Avenue
Pittsfield, ME 04967

Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home
191 Hartland Avenue Pittsfield 04967 ME
United States





1:00 PM 1/11/2019 1:00:00 PM
Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home

191 Hartland Avenue
Pittsfield, ME 04967

Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home
191 Hartland Avenue Pittsfield 04967 ME
United States





2:00 PM 5/13/2019 2:00:00 PM
Greenlawn Rest

Route 100
Clinton, ME 04927

Greenlawn Rest
Route 100 Clinton 04927 ME
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island
Suite 300
Topsham, ME 04086

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