WATERVILLE – Janet N. Covell (Dexter), 76, of Waterville, died peacefully with her loving family at her side at Lakewood Manor Nursing Home on May 29.
Janet was born in Lewiston on April 30, 1934, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Austin) Dexter. Janet was a 1952 graduate of Edward Little High School, Endicott College and received her bachelor of science degree at the University of Southern Maine. She met the love of her life, Wally Covell, at a street dance in Monmouth, on July 3, 1952, and they were married in Auburn on March 12, 1955. Together they shared a life and raised four children, Teddi-Jann Covell-Joseph of Orono, Schari Covell Roy of Waterville, the Rev. Brian Henry Covell of Evanston, Ill., and Dr. Daniel Dexter Covell of Brunswick and Concord, Mass.
Janet began her professional career as a kindergarten teacher at Frye School in Lewiston. She was the teacher at Maine Cub Nursery School at the University of Maine when her husband’s coaching career took them to Orono. She opened a nursery school in their home when her children were small. Later, she became a Head Start teacher in Waterville. Her leadership skills promoted her into the directorship position at Head Start and then she became administrator and grant writer for several state and federal childcare support organizations within Southern Kennebec Child Development Center, including the Trust Me Program and Child Care Options in Augusta. She was on the board of directors for Hardy Girls Healthy Women until 2007. She was well-known for her impeccable sewing ability. She spent hours making quilts, sweaters, tablecloths and baby clothes, with her home business “Sew Lovely.” Her precious creations and mementos will be cherished by many friends for years to come. Janet was also an accomplished pianist and author of two children’s books. Most of all, Janet loved spending time with her family and friends as well as attending her husband’s and family’s sporting events, music and dance performances.
Besides her husband and children; Janet leaves behind her sister-in-law, Mildred R. Covell of Greene and Elaine T. Covell of Bangor; and four children-in-law, Donald A. Joseph of Orono, Michael J. Roy of Waterville, Sharon Cyr of Evanston, Ill., and Pamela Safford of Brunswick and Concord, Mass.; three adored grandchildren, Carolyn and Molly Roy of Waterville, Darren Casey-Covell of Orono; and very special cousins, Mary McNamara Maschino, Betty Miele; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews; as well as “granddogs,” Rey and Trooper.
Janet was predeceased by her parents; and in-laws Henry and Eva Covell of Monmouth; brother-in-law, Robert Covell; and sisters-in-law, Muriel Wilson and Priscilla Oneidi.
The family would like to convey their sincere thanks to all the staff and nurses in the Skilled Unit at Lakewood Manor Nursing Home, Dr. Jeff Lovitz, his staff and HealthReach Hospice.