Obituary: Janet Ford Borden

Former Darien resident, 93, social worker, storyteller

Janet Ford Borden
Janet Ford Borden

Janet Ford Borden, 93, of York, Maine, a former longtime Darien resident, died on Sunday, July 1, at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H., surrounded by her loving children.

She was born on June 19, 1919, in Dover, one of three children of the late James and Elsie Stevens Ford. She graduated from Dover High School, and earned a degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Following graduation, she worked as a psychiatric social worker at hospitals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and West Virginia.

Janet met her future husband, Neil Scott Borden, when both served at a friend’s wedding in North Carolina, he as best man and she the maid of honor. They were married on Dec. 11, 1943, thereby launching what she described as “a wonderful life – 60 year— of marriage with the most wonderful man I ever knew.”

The couple raised their children in Darien. They shared a love for the sea, and were able to purchase a plot of land on Bald Head Cliff in York, where the two of them, essentially by their own labor over a period of 10 years, built their dream home overlooking the ocean, where they lived following her husband’s retirement in 1978 and for the rest of their lives. Their home was a source of enormous pride.

She was a great storyteller, and enjoyed sharing the many interesting and humorous adventures she experienced during her colorful life. She was selected to represent the state of New Hampshire at a high school girl’s conference in Washington, D.C., and had tea with Eleanor Roosevelt and had a chance encounter with Vice President John Garner in his office. On her 90th birthday, she flew to Colorado for a family reunion during which she enjoyed a ride through the mountains in the sidecar of her son’s motorcycle.

Janet was very active in the Visiting Nurse Association of Southern Maine for many years, and served as president of the Board of Directors.

She and her husband were members of First Parish Church in York for more than 30 years.

Janet was predeceased by her husband, her brother, Richard, and her sister, Etta. She is survived by her three children, Tim Borden and his wife, Janet, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Tom Borden and his wife, Tish, of Larkspur, Calif.; and Judi Carithers, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Family memorial services were held on Wednesday, July 3. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine assisted with arrangements. Visit lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.