Jane K. Bickford

OAKLAND – Jane K. Bickford, 80, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 20, 2021. She was born on June 7, 1941, in Waterville, the daughter of Elwood and Marion (Wilcox) Knowles. Jane was raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, Evelyn and John Dustin of Oakland. She was always grateful to them for welcoming her into their home and raising her as one of their own.

Jane attended Oakland schools and married John A. Bickford, Sr on September 3, 1956. She was a beloved “lunch lady” at RSU 18, serving generations of students for more than 35 years. Jane, along with her husband John, spent over 30 summers at Happy Horseshoe Campground in Lexington, where they enjoyed the company of many friends and family.

Beginning at a very young age, Jane endured many hardships in her lifetime. Later this would include the loss of a son and in her final days, struggles with her health. Despite it all, Jane will always be remembered for her strong will, her undeniable laugh and her loving heart. For those left behind, we find comfort in knowing she is now at peace.

Jane is survived by her sons John Jr., Jimmie and Jerry and his wife Angela, brother Robert Knowles, grandson Eric Bickford, sisters-in-law Thelma O’Neal, Leatrice (Roger) Grevois, Charlene (Paul) Houle and Sandra Gradie, brothers-in-law Garey Bickford, Lawrence (Christine) Bickford, as well as several nieces and nephews. Jane is predeceased by her husband John, son Jeffrey, brother Wayne Knowles, her parents, her special aunt and uncle Evelyn and John Dustin, their children John and Harlan Dustin, Marion Warren and Audrey Conwell, sisters-in-law Rae Jean Knowles. Berlene Bickford, Annie Bickford and Lenora Tuttle, brothers-in-law Blynn, Thomas and Kenneth Bickford.

Per her wishes, there will be no services at this time. A graveside ceremony will be planned for the Spring of 2022.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Rd, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

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