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Jean A. (Guptill) Boston
November 8, 1940 ~ January 12, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Jean A. Boston of North Berwick, Maine, passed away unexpectedly at Wentworth Douglas Hospital on January 12, 2023.
Predeceased by her parents, George and Leona Guptill, her husband, David Boston, and her sister, Janice Marshall, Jean is survived by four children: Brian Boston (Carol Merrill) and Brenda Boston, both of North Berwick; Beth Smith (Peter Smith) of Old Orchard Beach; and Belinda Boston Chase (Richard Chase, Jr.) of Wells, Maine; grandchildren, Peter and Zachary Smith, and Jacob Fields. Jean is also survived by her sister, Ann Hartford, of North Berwick, and several nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
When not checking Facebook daily for posts of local happenings and family photos, Jean would spend hours researching new recipes and 10-day weather forecasts, always with Willie, her beloved German Shepherd, at her feet. A faithful and loyal companion, Willie remained a "good boy" by her side for sixteen years, guarding her every day until her last.
Jean's life "on the Lane" was spent caring for others. While raising her family as a no-nonsense working mother of team Boston (Brian, Brenda, Beth, and Belinda), Jean expected all of her children to be good people, kind, and responsible. Jean later went on to work full-time as a certified nursing assistant for over 30 years at Varney Crossing. Always "neat as a pin" in her freshly pressed uniform, she took great pride in caring for her elderly patients with dignity, respect, and humor. A patient entrusted to the dynamic day shift duo of "Jean & Beverly" was lucky, sure to be bathed, brushed, powdered, and presented "fresh as a daisy" that day.
Jean was a private, proud, independent, salt-of-the-earth woman, known for her sarcastic wit, practical outlook, love of (loud!) country music, and making surprise deliveries of her legendary Boston baked beans, grapenut custard, whoopie pies, or signature filled cookies (double filling) to those she loved dearly.
The family would like to thank the Emergency Department team at Wentworth Douglas Hospital. Because of their expert care and remarkable compassion, Jean's death was peaceful, private, and full of love in the company of her children. For her to be cared for in the same tender, respectful way that she herself cared for patients throughout her career made all the difference when it mattered most. Thank you for that.
Graveside interment will be privately held in the fall at Hillside Cemetery in North Berwick, with special thanks to Missy Johnson and Johnson Funeral Home in North Berwick and to Forrest Mansur of Heritage Memorials in Sanford. In lieu of flowers or donations, Jean would want you to spend time with someone you love.