ROCKLAND — Janice May Splaine, 90, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, at the Sussman House in Rockport.

She was born in Hartford, Conn., March 5, 1932, the daughter of Edwin Hyland and Dorothy Hannum May. Janice graduated from Wethersfield High School, class of 1949. Janice attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in textile design (R.I.S.D.) until 1952.

On Aug. 9, 1952, she married Francis Edward Splaine Jr., a 1952 graduate of R.I.S.D. After living in Rhode Island for one year, they moved to Rochester, N.H., for five years; Aliceville, Ala., for nine years; Geelong, Australia for almost four years; and Valatie, N.Y., for eight years, eventually settling in Rockland.

“Jan” was ladies golf champion of Aliceville Golf Club, Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie and Rockland Golf Club. She served on the Board of Directors of Rockland Golf Club for eight years, and was the first female president of RGC from 1992-1993. She started and maintained many plants and gardens at RGC through the years. Jan enjoyed many years of painting (oils and watercolors), crafts of all kinds and playing Bridge. She was a “people person.”

Jan is survived by four sons, James Edwin Splaine and his partner, Therese Howley, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Peter Atwood Splaine and his wife, Lori, of Denver, Colo., Robert Welles Splaine and his wife, Kelley, of Lincolnville, Daniel Elliott and his wife, Peg, of Little River, S.C.; her grandsons, Patrick Splaine and his wife, Laura, of Bangor and Ryan Splaine and his partner, Chaya Stilson, of Rockland. Mrs. Splaine was predeceased by her brother, Edwin H. May Jr., former U.S. Congressman from Connecticut, and her sister, Elizabeth M. Barnes, formerly of Bristol, Conn.

The family will hold a private memorial service to honor Jan’s life. In remembrance, donations may be made to Spinal Cord Research, Craig Hospital, 3425 South Clarkson St., Englewood, Colo., 80113, in the name of Peter A. Splaine.

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Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.