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Isabel (Ansell) Jacobs
DEXTER – Isabel (Ansell) Jacobs, 90, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta. She was born February 12, 1923, in Dexter, daughter of Charles and Grace (Murphy) Ansell.

Isabel grew up in Dexter, graduated from N.H. Fay High School in 1941, and was a member of the Class of 1945, University of Maine at Orono. She and 2nd Lt. Stephen L. Jacobs were married June 12, 1944, in Dexter. After his return from US Army duty in the Philippines in 1946, they eventually settled in Buxton, Maine, and Isabel started her teaching career. The family moved to Bethel, Maine, in 1958, where Stephen taught at Gould Academy while she taught at nearby Woodstock High School. After returning to Dexter in 1966, she taught at PCHS in Guilford and at Dexter Regional High School until she retired in 1982.

Isabel was a member of the First Universalist Church in Dexter, served on the Board of Plummer Memorial Hospital, was active in the Teachers Association, assisted Jeanine Clark with high school musicals, and was a member of the board of Woman Care/Aegis in its early years. In later years, she served on the board of the Abbott Memorial Library and authored a book, “Bubbles in the Sun” published by the Dexter Historical Society, about her childhood in Dexter.

She is survived by sons Richard Jacobs and wife Linda Walden of Modesto, CA, Lawrence and wife Brenda Jacobs of Corinna, Charles Jacobs and wife Rebecca Stanley of Monmouth; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and sisters Elizabeth Ansell Gatlin and Dorothy Ansell Hague.

A service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Dexter Universalist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Universalist Church, P. O. Box 294; or to the Dexter Historical Society, P. O. Box 481, both of Dexter, ME 04930. Written tributes may be expressed at

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