Jean Ann Palencia

PITTSFIELD – Jean Ann (White) Palencia was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend. She went to be with her Lord and Savior after battling complications from a short illness on Dec. 5, 2021, at Eastern Maine Medical Center with her husband and her sister by her side.Jean was born March 11, 1967, in Pittsfield, Maine. She was the fourth born of five children to Merlon and Sandra White of Pittsfield. Jean graduated from Nokomis Regional High in Newport with the class of 1985 after which she went on to graduate from Pierre’s School of Cosmetology in Bangor. She then met her husband of 28 years, Felix Palencia, who truly loved her and will miss her tremendously. Together, they had three children: Lahana, who lovingly refers to her mother as her hero and someone she could look up to; Felix, Jr. who knows the unexplained special bond they had between them will live on in his heart; and Diego who will always remember the relentless love she had for him. Jean’s very last texts she sent were on the evening of November 22nd, one to each of her children with the simple words, “I love you.”Jean loved shopping, traveling, and most of all her family. She loved each one of her children uniquely in such a way that allowed them to feel her life revolved around only them. She was extremely close to her parents. She would take her mother shopping every Sunday to spend quality time with her. She was also close to her sisters, but especially close to her sister, Linda. They were 10 months apart at birth, but still inseparable “twins”. She was empathetic, kind, generous, selfless, and hard working. There was nothing she wouldn’t do or give to anyone. She set a great example of what kindness looks like in that she once pulled into the driveway of an elderly lady and “forced” the lady to let Jean finish mowing her lawn. And, no, neither Jean nor the children knew who she was, but that was just Jean.She was predeceased by her grandparents, Norwood and Myrtle White; her brother Merlon White, Jr., father-in-law, Eduardo Palencia of Venezuela; aunt Donna and uncle Lawrence Shibles. She is survived by her parents; Merlon and Sandra White; her husband, Felix Palencia, Sr.; her children, Lahana, Felix, Jr. and Diego; her sisters and their spouses, Bernice and Tony Condon, Mary Ellen and Andy Merrow, and Linda and Jerry (who she lovingly referred to as “Jer Bear”) Warren; nieces and nephews, Derek and Jordy Condon, Shannon Bullock, Jessica Merrow, Anthony Merrow; and a special niece and nephew, Ashley Wilson and Scottie Loureiro who looked at Jean as their second mother. She is survived by her mother-in-law, Ana Rosa Palencia of Venezuela, along with many great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by loving friends Chasity Butler, Jade Fleming, Gina Gilley, Lisa LaGross, and Anna Lagasse who will feel her loss terribly.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 10, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, with Pastor Harry Sabnani officiating. Family and friends may offer their condolences at visiting hours at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home from 3-5 p.m., Thursday. Burial will be in the Pittsfield Village Cemetery. A reception will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hartland following the committal service. Those who wish may leave written condolences at http://www.CrosbyNeal.comThe family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in Jean’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at http://www.stjude.org/donate

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