Fairfield, Maine- Jane Parker Carlson, 81, passed away suddenly in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 29, 2016, after a brief illness. \r\n\r\nJane was born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 18, 1935, the daughter of the late Ralph and Evelyn (Gates) Parker. Working her way through college, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development in 1956.\r\n\r\nUpon graduating, Jane worked as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Providence, RI. She married Robert W. Carlson in 1957 and moved to Pensacola, FL while her husband served in the Navy. They then lived in Warwick, RI, and moved to Fairfield, ME in 1965.\r\n\r\nJane quickly became involved in the Fairfield community, volunteering as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. For 30 years, she was a Trustee of the Lawrence Public Library, serving as Chair for most of that time. As a member of the Fairfield United Methodist Church since 1971, Jane shared her love for God in many ways: teaching Sunday school and serving on the Trustee Committee, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Worship Committee, United Methodist Women, and as Lay Leader, to name a few. \r\n\r\nDeepening further her commitment to her community, Jane served on the board of the Fairfield Food Pantry where she was instrumental in its inception. She also enjoyed giving out the bread to the guests at the pantry on Thursdays. In addition, Jane worked as a long-term substitute teacher and taught many children in SAD #49 from 1979 to 1997.\r\n\r\nJane was a voracious reader and for many years enjoyed being involved in the Waterville Antiques Club. She loved spending her summers with her family and their dog, Clancy, at their cottage in Belfast, Maine. \r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents; and sister Nancy (Parker) Benyi.\r\n\r\nJane is survived by her husband Robert W. Carlson; her son David P. Carlson and wife Melinda; daughters, Susan C. Reny and husband Joseph, and Sarah J. Follette and husband Thomas; grandchildren, Elizabeth J. Rice and husband Jason, Emily S. Reny, Jacob C. Reny, Benjamin J. Carlson, Katherine J. Follette and Allysson E. Follette; and her great granddaughter Madelyn E. Rice.\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be held at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield on Thursday, November 3, from 5-7 pm. A funeral service will be held at the Fairfield United Methodist Church on Friday, November 4, at 11 am. After the service, burial will take place at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield. Following burial there will be a reception at the church. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, 23 Lawrence Ave, Fairfield, ME 04937, or to the Lawrence Public Library, 33 Lawrence Avenue, Fairfield, ME 04937.