Jean Libby Wilbur

DOVER, N.H. — Jean Libby Wilbur, 86, died Wednesday March 26, 2014, at her home after a period of failing health. She was born Jan. 23, 1928, at Symmes Arlington Hospital, in Arlington, Mass., the daughter of Irvin and Olive (Burney) Libby and grew up in Cape Elizabeth.

She graduated from Portland High School in 1947. She and her husband lived in Ballardvale, Mass., Andover, Mass., and in Revere, Mass., for three years, then in Brewer for 10 years. They then moved to York where they served for 17 years, moving to Dover, N.H., in 1991. Jean was a graduate of Providence Bible Institute, and received her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Maine in 1968 and her Master of Education Degree in 1975 from Antioch College. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she taught school in Eliot and York for 25 years. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, a life member of the National Educational Association, and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Society.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, the Rev. Dr. Raymond B. Wilbur; two daughters, Pamela Franco and husband, Joseph, of Meriden, Conn., Kymberly Ryan and husband, Jeffrey, of South Hamilton, Mass.; three grandchildren, Daniel Green, Mathew Ryan and Katherine Franco; and a niece and nephew. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Donald Reid.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday April 12, 2014, at the First Parish Church, Congregational, 218 Central Ave., Dover, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Mike Bennett. Memorials in her name may be made to Wentworth Home and Hospice Care, 121 Broadway, No. 115, Dover, NH 03820 and to Kupenda for the Children, a service for handicapped and needy children in Africa. (For details on Kupenda, download KUPENDA on line.) Please go to to sign the online guest book.

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