Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Ellen Fotter Jamison

November 29, 1937October 3, 2019

Falmouth, ME- Ellen Fotter Jamison, 81, formerly of Portland, died on October 3, 2019, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Beverly, MA, on November 29, 1937, a daughter of Harvey G. and Frances (Shepherd) Fotter. She graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School and Colby Sawyer, formerly Colby Junior College, New London, NH, with an Associate’s Degree. She worked in Boston and in Camden, ME, for an investment firm and at HM Payson & Co. for 27 years before retiring in 2004. After retirement, Ellen went on a safari in Kenya and returned the next year. Visiting Kenya became her passion and she felt it was her second home. She returned there twice a year for many years. She was previously married to N. Stephen Hills and Paul E. Jamison, both deceased. She is survived by her son, Stephen A. Hills of Taos, New Mexico; stepchildren, Jennifer L. Jamison of Pownal, Robert Jamison of North Yarmouth; brothers, Steve W. Fotter and his wife Abigail Johnston of San Francisco, CA, Hank Fotter and his wife Harriet Fotter of Watertown, Ct. She is also survived by a niece, nephew, cousins and step-grandchildren. A Memorial Service at Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth with a burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery will be announced in the spring. Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Ellen’s online guest book.


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Karlene Osborne

October 9, 2019

I was so sad to read about Ellen. We worked at Payson for many years (1996 - 2009) and she was my mentor, although ten years my senior. After she retired, we met for lunch several times and on one visit she gave me the most beautiful green earrings she had brought back from Kenya. I will always treasure them and remember her as a kind and patient person who rarely spoke ill of others, especially at work. I will miss her very much.
Karlene Osborne

Angie Langley

October 8, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Ellen during our time together at The Woods at Canco. She was full of humor and a passion for life, and had such a big heart. She will be missed.