BROOKS — Jeanette Marilyn Davis Work, 91, passed gently into the arms of our heavenly Father July 5, 2021.

She was born to Alonzo Edward and Verna May Davis. Jeanette will be remembered as an exceptional and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and cousin.

Jeanette was born and raised in Thorndike on the Davis Dairy Farm. On the farm were cows, horses, ponies, chickens, a mineral spring, a farm pond, apple trees, vegetable gardens, deer and two dogs named Lady and Trouble. She always shared such wonderful memories of growing up on the maple tree-lined farm and of the many life lessons that she learned there.

One of her greatest joys was her family, whom she loved and supported unselfishly throughout her lifetime. There were many family gatherings under the maple trees at the Davis farm with aunts, uncles and cousins. Carefree fun with cousins and Grammie’s delicious homemade food made weekly Sunday visits to the Davis farm very special, as did going to the farm annually to find the perfect Christmas tree.

Jeanette’s childhood education was at the Roosevelt Grammar School, a one-room schoolhouse in East Thorndike. She would tell her children stories of trekking through the snow to get to and from school about a mile away.

She attended Crosby High School in Belfast as a freshman and graduated from Morse Memorial High School in Brooks in June 1947. She played guard on the Morse Memorial High basketball team, played softball, was the girls’ sports editor of the “Morsonian” her senior year, was in the senior play, and did the presentation of gifts at her graduation ceremony. She was referred to as “Jan” by her classmates.

She spoke so fondly of her days as a chambermaid at the Whitehall Inn in Camden.

Jeanette married Hervey J. Work Dec. 24, 1948. She shared her life with her loving husband until his passing Dec. 27, 1993. They lived in Augusta initially while her husband attended Maine Vocational-Technical Institute.

Jeanette and Hervey made their lifelong, cherished home in Brooks beginning in March 1952. They were involved in many home projects over the years. When Jeanette was not vegetable gardening, picking raspberries, canning and freezing foods, cooking, wallpapering, cleaning, organizing, crocheting, etc., you might find her enjoying a cup of hot tea or coffee on her porch, soaking up the warm summer sunshine. She also enjoyed her sundeck and flowers. She loved how her home “sat up from the road” and was very quiet. In the colder winter months, Jeanette would enjoy the roaring fire of her wood stove!

Jeanette loved being a homemaker and making clothes for her daughters in their early years. Just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip, molasses or oatmeal cookies were often available to her children upon their arrival home from school. Some will remember Jeanette’s famous raspberry, blueberry and strawberry-rhubarb pies, relishes, pickles, beets and mincemeat. She loved chocolate and ice cream! There were many joyful family gatherings at their home, “under the pines,” including family weddings and reunions.

While Hervey owned and operated the Brooks Service Station, Jeanette, along with two young daughters, would travel to nearby towns to obtain automotive parts for her husband.

In December 1973, about 100 townsfolk and family gathered at the Varney Building in Brooks to celebrate Jeanette and Hervey’s 25th wedding anniversary. Their 40th wedding anniversary was celebrated at the Samoset Resort in Rockport in December 1988 with family and friends. Jeanette and children traveled to Arizona in January 2000 to celebrate Jeanette’s 70th birthday.

They were selected the “Brooks Booster Club Couple of the Year” in 1989 at the club’s annual banquet. They were honored for their many years of serving the Brooks Field Day and numerous public projects.

Jeanette was lovingly referred to as “Nana” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as “Aunt Net” by some of her nieces and grandnieces, and as “Nana Banana” by one of her daughters. Jeanette thought the world of all her family and was always interested in their well-being.

Jeanette, her husband, and their family in the early years, enjoyed travels to Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Quebec and Texas, often to visit with family members. They traveled across country with their son, Craig, in 1975, and their grandson, Erik, in 1983. As much as they enjoyed themselves and others in their travels, they were always glad to be back in the good ol’ state of Maine, the state in which they dwelled and loved so well.

Jeanette and Hervey were both strong American patriots. They loved the United States of America, its flag, its military and its national anthem. One of Jeanette’s favorite songs was “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” They were both interested in everything that related to our great country.

Jeanette was always willing and happy to be involved in helping others. For years, she looked forward to her fundraising with Daffodil Days, the annual spring fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed her work as a mail carrier and as a volunteer at the clubhouse at Country View Golf Club in Brooks. She would often be found writing thank you notes to commemorate special occasions.

She had a great sense of humor, was quick-witted, and loved to laugh. She was an eternal optimist and would often be heard saying, “Every day is a good day!” and “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12.

Jeanette will be remembered with love by her daughter and husband, Cherdelle L. and Paul L. Jennings of Greer, S.C.; her daughter Colleen W. Lenfest of Eddington; her son, Craig H. Work of Brooks; her grandchildren, Erik C. Grant and wife Sonja, Jason D. Lenfest, Travis J. Lenfest, Chase C. Work and Colby M. Work; her great-grandchildren, Alexander C. Grant, Kassidy P. Lenfest and Kristopher D. Lenfest; her sister, Janelle D. Pomroy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Along with her husband of 45 years, Hervey J. Work, she was preceded in death by her daughter Cheryl W. Grant and stillborn son, Christopher A. Work, as well as sisters Grace D. Stevenson, Irene D. Brown and Charlotte D. Ryan, and brother, Carl A. Davis.

The family would like to give a special thanks to those who have provided loving care and support to their mother, including Lutheran Hospice Upstate in Greenville, S.C. Jeanette has been dearly loved by many family members and friends throughout her lifetime.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church UCC (Brooks Congregational Church), 22 Veterans Highway, Saturday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. A luncheon for all family and friends will immediately follow the service at the Varney Building. A family burial will then follow at the Rose Cemetery in Brooks, where Jeanette will rest in peace beside her husband.

Those who wish may make memorials to the Lutheran Homes of South Carolina Foundation by phone at 803-995-3808, by mail to 300 Ministry Dr., Irmo, SC 29063, or electronically at Lutheran Homes of SC Foundation.org (Lutheran Hospice); or to Easterseals Maine by phone at 828.0754/prompt 0, by mail to 14 Atlantic Place in South Portland, ME 04106, or electronically to easterseals.com/maine.

Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary,  Woodruff, S.C., is assisting the family with arrangements.

In closing, below is a partial chorus from one of Jeanette’s favorite hymns:

Count your many blessings; name them one by one.

Count your many blessings; see what God hath done.

Count your many blessings; God is over all.