Janet Lee Butler Torrey

BLUE HILL — Loving mother and strong thread of the Blue Hill community, Janet Lee Butler Torrey passed away while she slept peacefully in the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2012. Her tragic and inexplicable death shocked all those who knew and loved her.

A lifetime resident and pillar of the Blue Hill community, Janet attended Blue Hill Consolidated School and George Stevens Academy, where she graduated with honors as her class president. Janet began her most inspiring career by being blessed with motherhood. She welcomed four outstanding daughters into the world and instilled them with a strong sense of compassion and respect for others. Janet was the rock and foundation of her beautiful family. She insisted on reminding her flock of the pride she took in them, no matter what the accomplishment. She also enjoyed sharing this pride with friends. Shouting from the sidelines, cheering at school concerts, and actively participating in town events, Janet’s helping hands were always involved. Janet never tired of thinking of others. Janet shared her love of cooking with intimate family dinners, which she served with an inspiring prayer and appreciation of life’s blessings. From an early age, her love of art inspired her to draw, print, sculpt, design and create. A favorite pastime was to share this talent with her grandchildren as often as possible. Her recent role as “Gramma JJ” filled her with tremendous joy. Janet’s grandchildren awaited her evening arrival from work with great anticipation! Lilyana will especially miss these frequent visits. As the deputy town clerk, Janet spoiled residents with a bright smile and an eagerness to help. A direct descendant of the community’s founders, Janet was a key participant in the planning of Blue Hill’s recent sestercentennial. She officiated numerous couples in marriage — the most special of which was between her daughter, Nichole, and her son-in-law, Shannon. She welcomed Shannon into the family as the son she never had.

Janet lives on through her daughters, Nichole Bebout, Nancy Laine Astbury, Kaiya Torrey, Meredith Torrey; her son (in-law) Shannon Bebout; her grandchildren, Lilyana, Alexander, Maria, and soon-to-be baby girl, to whom she was known as “Gramma JJ.” She leaves behind her mother, Helen Osgood Butler; sister, Nancy Hastings; nephews, Randal Hastings and wife, Andrea, and Craig Hastings and wife, Tarsha. She was predeceased by her father, Walter Butler; and her first granddaughter, Siena Nichole Bebout.

Janet’s service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Blue Hill Baptist Church. The family requests your presence immediately following the service to join in celebration of Janet’s life at the George Stevens Academy cafeteria. We will celebrate with a potluck dinner —please bring a dish to share, which can be dropped off at the cafeteria before the service. Please also bring any photos and memories you have of Janet to share at the celebration. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to assist with her girls’ educational goals, “The Janet Butler Torrey Fund,” c/o Ann Rioux, 211 Turkey Farm Road, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

Janet brilliantly filled the role of not only mom, but best friend and confidant to each of her daughters. She was also a trusted and dear friend to countless others. She met life with a courage that was unbreakable, and she passed this courage on to her girls. Her hugs are irreplaceable. Words cannot express how deeply her presence will be missed, but her amazing spirit will live on in the hearts of her children and everyone lucky enough to have known her. Her legacy of love will continue to flourish and will be forever cherished.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St. Blue Hill 04614. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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