Andover — Jean Monroe Farrell, 68, of Andover, passed away on November 17, 2013, in Lebanon, NH, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Jean was born on April 2, 1945, in Bridgeport, CT, to George and Jennie Monroe, and grew up in Fairfield, CT, where she graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1963. She was a 1968 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, majoring in Spanish, which she subsequently taught for some 35 years, the first 27 at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH, and then for three years at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In 2006 at age 61 she earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University, after which she returned to teaching from 2009 until 2013 at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Jean was also a teacher’s teacher. For a number of years she presented world language teacher training workshops for the University of New Hampshire Continuing Education Professional Development program, and for many public school districts and professional organizations.
Jean loved the educational experience of travel, and lead 11 study tours between 1973 and 2000 for her high school students and others to numerous Latin American and European destinations, and wrote her book on Spanish substitute teaching on sabbatical in 1997. She also traveled widely for personal pleasure in this country and abroad. Choral music was another long running avocation, which included four years singing with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. Jean also was an inveterate knitter and was a volunteer costumed re-enactor at the Andover Historical Society.
Jean is survived by her husband of six years, Charles Parrott of Andover; daughter, Sandra Farrell and her husband, Eric Panning, of Hillsboro, OR; son, Jeffrey Farrell of Lee, NH; sister, Joan Monroe and her husband, Cliff Cary, of Lebanon, NH; two grandchildren and a nephew.
ARRANGEMENTS: Burial services will be private, but a Memorial Service for Jean to be held in Andover sometime in the early months of the new year will be announced.