Yarmouth-Jean Lyndes Andrews, 91, died April 22, 2018 in Yarmouth, Maine. Jean was born on March 21, 1927 in Ludlow, Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Indian Orchard. She was the daughter of Stanley H. and Evelyn (Martin) Lyndes. Jean graduated from Green Mountain College and attended the University of New Hampshire.
In 1947 Jean married Edward C. Andrews Jr. Jean and Ed lived in Maryland while Ed finished medical school and they quickly had five children. In 1958 they moved “home” to Vermont, where Jean raised their family and supported Ed in his career at the University of Vermont, where he eventually became dean of the College of Medicine and later president of the university. In 1975 they moved to Maine, where Ed was president of the Maine Medical Center in Portland until his retirement in 1988.
Jean always focused on putting others at ease and making them feel welcome and comfortable. She was intensely interested in people and had a warm and unobtrusive way of learning everyone’s life story. She was a great cook whose fish chowder and Thanksgiving dinners were particularly renowned. She loved children and dogs and always greeted every baby and toddler she met at the grocery store. She played the piano, especially at birthdays and holidays, and in recent years played the oldies for the residents in her assisted living facility. She was an avid reader who loved biography and history, and was deeply interested in the visual arts, especially painters of Maine and Vermont. She had a great sense of humor and kept those around her laughing until the end.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and by her brother Milton “Skeeter” Lyndes. She is survived by her children Leslie Freeman and her husband Jim of Richmond, Maine, Dawn Andrews of Cabot, Vermont, Dale Wadhams and her husband John of Burlington, Vermont, Ted Andrews and his wife Deb of Casco, Maine, and Scott Andrews of Charlotte, Vermont along with her twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews and their families.
The family would like to thank the staff of Bay Square in Yarmouth for the wonderful care and friendship they gave Jean and to Chans Hospice for their support near the end. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, Maine 04211 or the Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre VT 05641.
No services will be held.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Maine 04357.