School 07

Jean Eaton

1936 - 2020


Jean K. Eaton, died at home with her family on September 30, 2020.  She was born Jean Katherine French on Valentines Day of 1936 to Amelia and Louis French of Damariscotta.  In her youth, she enjoyed playing monopoly with her friends, and attending parties and dances.  Jean was a bright student, and attended The Castner School, Lincoln Academy, then graduated from Colby College in 1958.  She met her husband, George M. Eaton, while attending Colby, and they were married...

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John T. Kierstead

October 16, 2020 4:46 PM

We are sorry to hear of the death of Jean. She was a wonderful lady ,a well respected educator and dear friend. We knew her through our work with Child Development Services- CDS , MADSEC, and the Special Education Office of the public school system. Her contribution to the field of special education in Maine was significant. There are many parents of special needs students and students themselves who are grateful for the work she did  on their behalf. Jean was a leader, an innovator and a great person. She will be missed by family, friends and all those that grew to know her. John and Joan Kierstead

Richard Bostwick

October 10, 2020 6:49 PM

I just found out of Jeans death from my sister.  Too Many stories,  Jean and my Mom were friends way back  in the day.
 I have fond memories of Jean and the family hospitality at Biscay

Stephen Dixon

October 10, 2020 1:16 AM

Jean was a true friend from the get-go to a recent transplant from Massachusetts back in 1979, when I first had the pleasure of meeting Jean right after my interview with Neil Cross, the superintendent of School Union #74 on the second floor of what is now the law offices of Matt Newman and Jack Lynch.  Jean and her great friend Celia Varick took me under their wings and helped me tremendously with my new job as Title 1 Co-ordinator. People often hear how Mainers are reluctant to welcome outsiders into the fold, but I can assure you that Jean, with her great loving spirit, was a definite exception to that adage. From the start, in her inimitable direct, non-judgmental manner, she told me that I would probably need her help and then went out of her way to offer me that assistance. Jean knew that if we worked together, we could provide the best opportunities for the students. She was a true professional in every way. Happily, she also became a really wonderful friend over the years, and, although I have moved physically away from the area, my heart for my community of nearly 40 years and my affection for Jean are not at all diminished. God bless the memory of Jean and her wonderful, ever-expanding family.

Heather Chapman

October 9, 2020 12:30 PM

I was honored to have been able to have met Jean when I worked at GSB school. I spent many a lunchtime sharing “kid” stories with Jean. Heaven will have a crazy challenge now.... snickering


October 8, 2020 8:08 PM

I first met Jean when I worked in the same district in rural Maine. I immediately came to like and respect her. She as the obit said,"Suffered no fools." I liked that and the way she spoke her truth which usually was the truth. She was bright and with a twinkle in her eye could offer sincere and heartfelt opinions. Man, I liked that. One day while visiting my school she asked with no explanation; What do you do when a child stabs adults with their pencil. I replied without giving it much thought; "Give them crayons." Her eyes lit up and she  responded as only Jean could do; " GOOD Idea!!"
I never asked and she never told and that was Jean. Always spinning her thoughts to make things better for kids and adults.
Some years after I retired I was close to her home so stopped in to see if she was still above the grass. I knocked but not a soul came to the door. As I retreated to my vehicle a man came from a close house. I explained why I was there and he said," Come with me." I followed him into an entrace and he walked quickly into the next room and said someone was there to see her. When he said my name she bellowed," JC! The man said, well its not him.
Sitting at a table she was spewing smoke from a cigarette and I had never known she smoked. Her eyes twinkled and she smiled as only Jean could do. One could always tell there was much going on behind those pupils. 
We chatted and I left saddened as she voiced some concerns about a teacher that I didn't know who was struggling in some way. She was sad and I could tell and I knew I'd not likely ever see her again.

If there is a Heaven and I suspect there is, she is now busy assessing all of the angels with broken wings or have been in trouble with the establishment and developing IEP's for their improvements.
That would be Jean!

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