Jeanne Gordley

Oct 31, 2017

Jeanne Annette Gordley, 88, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home surrounded by family in Belfast on Oct. 18, 2017. Born Oct. 3, 1929, to Wilbur and Margret Bader, she lived in Brookville, Ohio, with her three sisters. She attended Brookville High School, was May Queen and graduated in the class of 1947. She received a scholarship to The Dayton Art Institute, graduating in 1949.

Following graduation, she became an artist and fashion illustrator for the Federated Department stores in Dayton, Ohio.

She married Jerry Gordley of Brookville, Ohio, and raised three children, Timothy, Scott and Beth. She and Jerry enjoyed international travel while residing in Brookville surrounded by her sisters and family. She moved to Maine in 1998 to be near her children, grandchildren and the ocean.

She began hand-painting furniture, selling her designs in local galleries and stores, eventually creating a company called the Paint Fairy. In later years she enjoyed gardening, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, beautiful Maine scenery and family holidays and gatherings.

We will miss her humor, hugs and aggressive independence, all the while supporting and loving her family unconditionally.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Margret Bader, and her sisters Kathryn Cahill and Virginia Hawkins.

She is survived by her sister, Margret Gadd; son, Timothy; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Debi; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Dr. Terrance Smith; grandchildren Tamara Aquino, Evan Harder and Ava and Lucien Gordley-Smith; great-granddaughter Sunny Harder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life gathering will be held Nov. 4. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ringling College of Art and Design Jeanne Gordley Scholarship Fund at or via mail to 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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