Jean M. Akin, longtime resident of Ardmore Street, Hamden, died of natural causes on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in MA, five days after her 85th birthday. In 2009 she moved to Massachusetts to be near her son Don Akin and his wife Pam of Sudbury, and her grandchildren, Calder, Kelby, and Ariana. Jean was born in New Haven on October 5, 1925 the only child of the late Wade and Ethel Mower Marks. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Glenn Akin in 1966 and her son Mark in 1976. While living in Hamden, Jean received numerous local and state recognitions for her work on behalf of the Hamden Town Library. Friends may join Jean's family for a Funeral Service on Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in honor of Jean's lifelong passion for books. Donations may be sent to the Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. I knew Jean mostly through the devoted love of her son Don and her grandson Calder. To me she was always affable and kind. There was a regalness about her. She was also one of us at Medieval Manor, as a costumer and seamstress. Those of us who play the .boards. at Medieval Manor will miss the Grande Dame of our theatre. I remember how gracious and comforting Don was to me when my mom passed over a year ago. I wish Don and Calder (who was espescially close with his grandmother) peace of mind and loving memories in this difficult time. Matt

  2. An Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My deepest sympathy during this difficult time of loss. All my love to Calder, Kelby, Don and the entire Akin Family. Love you guys, Lindsay

  3. I offer my condolences to Jean’s family and friends. She touched the lives of many people, but as a retired employee of the Hamden Library, she will be forever remembered as .Friend of the Library.. She ran the bookstore with zeal and passion, and raised badly needed funds for the Hamden Library. And I remember fondly her delicious February staff luncheons that everyone looked forward to. My thoughts and prayers are with her son and his family, and her special friend Barbara E.

  4. What a great lady. I still have a vest and sweater she made for me years ago, wish they still fit. I remember her smiling the night Don and I embarked on a drinking game in her kitchen, she knew what the results would be, we both lost. Rest in Peace Aunt Jean Stan

  5. Jean Akin was my Aunt & we shared not only a birthday~October 5th~but also a love of cooking & entertaining~~She was a much better cook & I have many of her treasured recipes~~We affectionately nick named her Auntie Mame many years ago & like her namesake she was a grand dame ~a great lady & a wonderful character~~We will miss you!

  6. To the Akin family, My deepest sympathy and prayers on the loss of Jean. She was a wonderful friend and had a great love of life. She adored her three amazing grandchildren, Calder, Kelby and Ariana. I feel blessed to have know Jean. She was a good friend and was always there for so many people. She will be missed and thought of often. Warmest regards, Chris

  7. I met and worked with Jean while I was employed at the Hamden Library. She was a most generous and strong advocate for our library, being the President of the Board at that time. A good cook! She always brought a casserole to our Library dinners. We enjoyed her love of Hamden, and also of the Library. She will be sorely missed by all.

  8. Just so sorry not to be able to express our deepest sympathy today to you, Don,and the family. Jean was a great gal and also a good bridge player. She was also wonderful with the library book store. Am so glad she moved near you. my prayers are for the family during this adjustment period. Sis

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