Jane Rowe Scranton Nov. 6, 1926 to May 30, 2021
Jane Elizabeth (Rowe) Scranton was born November 6, 1926, in Meriden, Connecticut. She graduated from Meriden High School, and went on to attend Duke University, majoring in English and Spanish. She was forced to leave Duke during her senior year for eloping during a college break; despite being among the top students in her year. Jane completed her degree at Barnard College, and went on to support her husband, Brad until he completed his studies. Jane and Brad lived in many places, but always considered Block Island home. They bought the Block Island Conley house on Amy Dodge Lane in 1963, spending summers and holidays there until moving to the island full time in 1979. Jane had three children: Bradfield (Brad), Christopher (Chris), and Elizabeth (Liz); and informally adopted Mayumi Nagayama in 1967.
Jane served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader when her children were growing up. She was active in the Harbor Baptist Church, served on the Shellfish Commission, and with Brad, ran a small gift shop called the Whale’s Tail. Jane founded the island’s Al-Anon group and helped many families deal with the effects of alcoholism. She was involved in the island bridge group and was a respected and renowned card player and an outstanding Scrabble player, impossible to beat.
Throughout her life, Jane was an avid naturalist and conservationist. She loved nature and taught her children the wonders of the natural world. Jane was known for her wild harvesting and cooking and took her family on many outings to collect the ingredients for delicious meals. She loved fishing and caught many bluefish, stripers, and tuna.
Jane and Brad purchased a home in the Bahamas in 1986 and spent winter months there with family and friends. Jane loved the water and snorkeled for hours every day. She traveled extensively throughout the world with her husband and friends and visited six continents. She and Brad took their children on many trips, including memorable explorations of Mexico and Peru. In later years, Jane invited her children and grandchildren to travel with her to Costa Rica and Kenya. Her seven grandchildren have fond memories of these trips.
Jane lived a full and rich life with her family and had many long-lasting friendships on Block Island and beyond. She was loved by all. Jane hoped to live in her home until the end of her life and was able to realize this wish due to the loving care of Maria Reis. She died peacefully on May 30, surrounded by family members and Maria, who became Mom’s most treasured friend.
A memorial service will be held for Jane on September 11, 2021, at Harbor Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane’s honor to the Block Island Medical Center, where she received wonderful care, or to the Harbor Baptist Church. We are grateful to all who visited Jane, spent time with her, and helped her throughout the years.
Jane is survived by her younger sister Barbara Warda; her children and their spouses: Chris and Pam Scranton, Liz Scranton and Teri Linneman, Mayumi and Ken Wiley, and daughter-in-law Leanne Scranton; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and many great-grand- nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Maynard Bradfield Scranton in 1999 and her son Bradfield Maynard Scranton in 2003.