MACHIAS – Jane Gayton Dean, 86, died April 9, 2009, with family members at her side at a local nursing home. She was born Aug. 31, 1922, Jane Edna Gayton, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Ralph and Kathryn (Lewis) Gayton. Jane graduated from Central High School and attended American University, both in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Pentagon during World War II and later in life with the Navy Department as an office manager. After raising a family of eight children in Rockville, Md., Jane started a second life in a home she adored in Roque Bluffs. She was active in the community in a variety of church and volunteer activities, including Downeast Community Hospital Auxiliary, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Mission, Project SHARE, the Democratic Party and Machias Area Food Pantry. Jane was a world traveler, preferring destinations off the beaten track, where she could see marine wildlife that she loved so much. She was pleased to have been able to travel inside both the Arctic and Antarctic circles. One of her favorite trips was camping in a tent on a stony beach in the arctic in order to see narwhals in the wild – a trip she did at the age of 78! Jane was always willing to go the extra miles for her friends and neighbors, usually in her silver station wagon, as she drove people to the airport and to doctor’s appointments in Bangor up through the age of 83! She enjoyed a special fellowship with a community of people who shared similar experiences. Jane is survived by her eight children, William Harper and wife, Sharon, from East Machias, John and wife, Patty, from Cavendish, Vt., Ralph and wife, Susan, from Alfred, Kathie Skoglund from Cantonment, Fla., Susie Ochsenbein from North Waterboro, Stacy Dean and life companion, Royce Gould, from Portland, Mary Tinsley and husband, Rick, from San Angelo, Texas, and Wesley Mawhinney and husband, Pat, from East Machias; eight grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two great-stepgrandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews. The family thanks the staff of Marshal Health Care facility and Down East Community Hospital, and her four personal caregivers for the excellent care she received from all these people throughout the past two and a half years. A celebration of Jane’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Roque Bluffs Community Chapel officiated by Father Tom Halkett, with a gathering of friends and family afterward at Roque Bluffs Community Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Machias Area Food Pantry, care of Centre Street Congregational Church, P.O. Box 265, Machias ME 04654 or to a charity of one’s choice.