Jane Gordon

Jane H Gordon (Hawkes)

Wednesday, November 20th, 1929 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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Jane Hawkes Gordon, 90, of Rochester, NH and formerly of Westbrook, ME died August 25, 2020 succumbing to pneumonia. Born in Portland, ME to Percy and Ada (Strout) Hawkes, she grew up in South Portland, ME, and graduated in 1947 from Windham (Maine) High School. She married David Whitcher Gordon in 1948, and raised her family in the Prides Corner area of Westbrook, Maine, moving in 2006 to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Rochester, NH. From 1963 to 1992, Jane worked for Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store on Congress Street in Portland, ME. She began her career there as a seasonal sales clerk, then moved up to the position of buyer's assistant. She worked for over a decade as the head of the sales audit division of the accounting department. Jane was a 76-year member of the Grange, joining Pleasant River Grange in Windham, Maine when she was 14. She belonged at various times to Highland Lake, Danville Junction, and Crown Point Granges. She participated in the Rose Ceremony, and held several offices including lecturer and chaplain. She loved square dancing and camping, both encompassing her passion of travel. She and her husband traveled by train all around the United States and across Canada twice. She traveled with her daughter out West and north to Alaska. She was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed knitting and counted cross stitch. She read hundreds of books and used her knowledge to solve thousands of crossword puzzles. She is predeceased by her husband David and her daughter Carol Ann Gordon. She is survived by her daughter, Debora Gordon Longo, and her son-in-law, Richard; her niece Sarah (Gordon) Hewitt and her husband Michael; her granddaughter, Melanie (Longo) Schofield, and her husband Robert; her grandson, Benjamin Longo, and his wife Lori; her grandson Etan Nasreddin-Longo; her great-grandchildren Richard Tucker and Amanda McDonald; and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves her special friends Wesley and Glenys Ryder, Bill and Shirley Hatch, and Bethia Callahan who were so kind to her always and the Friday Breakfast Girls who welcomed her into the laughter. Services will be private. Donations may be made to the Windham Historical Society, 234 Windham Center Road, Windham, ME 04062. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiggin-Purdy Funeral Home, Dover, NH. To sign our online guestbook, please go to
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    Smith Cemetery
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    Windham, Maine
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Diane okeefe

Posted at 05:28pm
Debra, I'm sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet woman, it was nice when she joined the Friday girls. I didn't always get to wait on you when you switched to Friday, but I enjoyed seeing you when I did. You and your family are in my prayers.

Vicki Huff

Posted at 11:53am
My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your Mother. She was a great lady, she will always be Mother Gordon to me.. I had so much having Jane and and David on my installing team. Going on the Conway Scenic Railroad and I still use and treasure the sash holder she made me. Treasure the memories. I know they are good ones.

Wesley and Glenys Ryder

Posted at 12:00am
Jane became a member of our family many years ago, sharing and enjoying Grange events at the local, Pomona, and State levels. We attended many state conventions together. She was called Aunt Jane by our children and many of our friends! We were so blessed to be able to see her one last time and share a meal together earlier this month! Our loving thoughts go out to Debora, Richard and her family. Wesley and Glenys Ryder, Auburn, Maine

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