Obituary: Mary Jane Ames

Mary Jane Ames, 80, of Sandown N.H., entered the presence of her Savior on March 14, 2020.

She was born in North Paris, Maine on Aug. 21, 1939, to Lawrence and Florence (Hart) Abbott.

She graduated from West Paris High School and Trinity College of Dunedin, Fla., and worked at Perham’s Mineral Store before marrying John Ames on May 24, 1969.

John and Mary Jane moved to Gorham, N.H., in 1970, where they raised their two daughters.

Mary Jane was a devoted wife and mother who also volunteered tirelessly for her church and community, including the Chamber of Commerce, Gorham Historical Society and Disabled American Veterans. Her life showed her deep love for God and others, and her fervent prayers were a blessing to everyone she knew.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, John Ames; brothers Harlan, Jim and Howard Abbott; sisters Rebecca Stevens and Phyllis Morrison; and beloved sister-in-law Jane Littlehale.

She is survived by sisters Edna Proctor and Betty Jones; daughter Alice (Jack) Corbett and grandchildren Danielle, Evan and Regan Corbett of Sandown N.H.; daughter Lois (Chris) Tignor and grandchildren Elisabeth, James, Grace, Christina, and Daniel Tignor of Portoviejo, Ecuador; and nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Chandler-Greenleaf Funeral Home, 45 Main St., South Paris Maine, on Tuesday, March 17 from 5-8 p.m.

A celebration of life service will be held at the West Paris Baptist Church, 15 Church St., West Paris Maine, on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the DAV — Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or at

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