, Newburyport, MA

May 23, 2014

Jane Gaunt, 87

Amesbury, MA — Jane S. Gaunt, of Amesbury, died peacefully on May 1, 2014 in Phoenix, Ariz. Jane was born on July 27, 1926 in Machias, Maine.

Jane started her career in Boston, then raised her family in Manchester, Mass. She loved being near the water, made many lifelong friends, and treasured the memories created through the years in Manchester. She later found a home with a beautiful view of Lake Gardner in Amesbury and she knew it was the perfect fit.

Jane valued most in life her family, spending time with friends and connecting with her church community. Like a good New Englander, Jane was strong and independent. She worked full-time as a secretary for most of her career, but her true joy came from her volunteer work in retirement for Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury. She had a great sense of humor, and Jane shared many good laughs with family and friends.

Jane ended her journey with new experiences, spending the final month of her life surrounded by family, eating her favorite foods, and enjoying the Arizona sunshine. She is survived by her daughter, Joan Gaunt; and granddaughter, Ali Metzger, both of Flagstaff, Ariz. Jane lived for many years in a close-knit community and loved her neighbors. Jane's extended family has always embraced her, and she loved them all, including Barbara Gaunt, John and Kathie Gaunt, Helen Briggs, of Andover, Debbie Burdick of Plymouth, and Susan Pollitt of Woodbridge, Conn. and their families. Jane was preceded in death by her son, David E. Gaunt of San Francisco; her sister, Mary Matheson, of Duxbury, Mass.; and her former husband, David N. Gaunt, of Manchester, Mass.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in Manchester, Mass. this fall, among family and friends. A date will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ryan House, Hospice of the Valley, 110 W. Merrell St., Phoenix, AZ 85013, Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury, MA 01913, or your local Humane Society.