Ethel H. MacVane

PORTLAND — Ethel H. MacVane, 97, of Birchwoods at Canco, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.
She was born on Cliff Island on July 29, 1914, the daughter of the late Howard and Florence Knight Libby. She was raised by her Aunt May on Cliff Island. Ethel attended the Cliff Island Seventh Day Advent School and Portland High School.
She married Earl Rufus MacVane in 1932, who loved her for more than 50 years.
Ethel was the assistant postmistress at the Cliff Island Post Office for many years, had a family and then graduated from practical nursing school at Maine Medical Center.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband “Rufus” MacVane; and her brother Howard Libby.
She was loved and is survived by her three children, David MacVane of Casco, Joan Wood of Sabattus and Earl L. MacVane of Cliff Island; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for family were at the Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland. Arrangements are being handled by the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. Please visit for additional information and to sign Ethel’s guestbook.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Cliff Island Library, care of Tom Struble, Cliff Island, ME 04019.

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