Jane Roe Hahn

JaneJane Roe Hahn, 83, of Chebeague Island, Maine died peacefully on August 6, 2017, in Portland, Maine, surrounded by her children. She was born in Ruxton, Maryland on February 10, 1934, the daughter of Cornelius Roe and Elizabeth Rider Roe.

Jane was a caring, compassionate, funny, beautiful, talented, intelligent and kind woman who loved her family and friends very much. She had many close and long-term friends on Chebeague Island; a place that she cherished her entire life. Jane began coming to Chebeague Island in the summers with her close friend, Vail Devereux (Traina), when she was a child. She continued to visit Chebeague Island throughout her life and in 2000, she began living on Chebeague Island from April to October each year. In 2010, Jane and her husband moved to Chebeague Island to live year round. She was so happy and grateful to live on the island. It was truly the place she loved more than anywhere else in the world. In July of 2016, Jane moved to the Chebeague Island Commons Assisted Living Home. She loved the people at the Island Commons and regarded the staff as her dear friends and extended family.

Jane graduated from the Bryn Mawr School for Girls (High School) in Baltimore, Maryland and went on to attend and graduate from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia in 1956, where she majored in Art. While at Hollins College, she was the recipient of an art scholarship to the Ogunquit School of Art in Maine

After graduation from Hollins College, Jane spent a year travelling throughout Europe. She visited 9 countries and pursued further art study at the Academie Julienne while living in Paris. She returned home in 1957 and worked briefly at the Maryland Department of Transportation where she was offered a scholarship to attend engineering school. However, she turned down the offer as she knew she wanted to be an elementary school teacher and later that year she began teaching fifth grade at Bon Air Elementary School in Richmond, VA. She returned to Maryland the next year and became a fourth grade teacher at Rogers Heights elementary school in Bladensburg, Maryland.

In 1958, Jane married and lived in Rochester, NY for a year before settling down in Maryland where she raised her four children. In 1963, she helped found the pre-school education program at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Belair, Md. where she taught kindergarten and eventually became the principal of the elementary school. Jane became an elementary school Art teacher in 1971 after graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland. Jane taught in elementary schools in Maryland until 1980 when she, her husband and daughters moved to Ormond Beach, Florida where she continued teaching Art in Florida elementary schools until retiring in 1996. In the early 1990s, Jane was elected president of the Volusia County Art Education Association. This organization is composed of art teachers in Public and Private schools in Volusia County, Florida.

Throughout her life, Jane enjoyed teaching and creating art. She was always very talented and she especially enjoyed painting. Her preferred medium was oil and she loved painting landscapes – especially of Chebeague Island. She also authored and illustrated two children’s books (“I Don’t Wanna” and “Catherine Was Left Behind”).

She is survived by her two sons and two daughters; Daniel Flynn and his wife, Sharon of Boca Raton, Florida, Robert (Bo) Flynn of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, Jane (Dorsey) Hewson of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Elizabeth (Libby) White and her husband, Alex of Ormond Beach, Florida.

She loved her eight grandchildren and she is survived by; Jackson Hewson and Isabella White of Florida, Cameron Flynn and Marissa Flynn of New Hampshire, Andrew Flynn and Brian Flynn of West Virginia, Kevin Flynn of Florida and Chris Flynn of North Carolina. In addition, Jane is survived by four great-grandchildren.

Jane is also survived by her brother, Charles Roe and his wife Diane of Rock Wall, Texas.

A celebration of Jane’s life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11 am at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church followed by a graveside burial. All are invited to attend the memorial service and graveside burial and to share memories at a reception to be held at the hall across from the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church following her burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be welcomed at the Island Commons Resource Center, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017