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Graduates Class of 1940
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Charles Andrews Erma Ayer Evie Bagley
Dorothy Bartlett Gerry Beckett Lois Brown
Blaine Campbell Emma Campbell Geneva Carey
Lois Connolly Mary Cookson Paul Corrigan
Hilda Cumberland Jacqueline Dinsmore Marshall Drinon
Robert Eaton Pauline Farrar Mildred Fox
Richard Frost Miles Frye Arthur Garland
Madeline Garren Henry Gillespie James Goode
Joyce Hanson Pauline Hartford Frank Hill
Douglas Hitchings Henry Holland Pauline Howard
Elizabeth Hume Laura Jackman Richard Johnson
Berla Lewis Patricia Lord Joan Lovering
Joyce Lyons Audrey MacLaughlin Clayton Mains
Everett Mains James Marraty  Marion Matthews
Frances McCurdy Grace McKay Dorothy McMillan
Avis McNelly Charles Moffitt Norma Moreside
Lester Morrell Louis Morrison Kathleen Nixon
Lois Noble William Ogden Frances O'Hara
John O'Neil Hilda Otto Maxine Penney
Lois Phelan Winston Phipps  Jacqueline Porter
Leroy Reardon Ralph Reed Eleanor Robinson
John Ross Dexter Simpson Doris Smith
Harry Smith Marjorie Smith Nelson Smith
Gerard Spearin Hazen Spearin Ethel Stanhope
Margaret Thompson Milton Thornton Maxine Thomas
Jean Thompson Stewart Townsend Pauline Waite
Madeline Wasson Marie Wasson Beryl Wheeler
Lois Wiley Mary J. LeSuer Edward Downing
Hubert Fox Millie Fox Thelma Hayden
Winifred Holm Sheila Kramer Mary Libby
Frank Marshall Gerald McGarrigle Lorraine McNamara
Eileen Moreside Frank Preston Cecil Robinson
Elwin Sharpe Lloyd Smith Irene Sullivan
Louise Swasey Harold Wheelock  Dorothy Carlow
Roster provided by Thelma Eye Brooks
Class Motto: Live Begins in Forty - Colors: Royal Blue & Silver - Class Flower - Gardenia

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Deceased Classmates

Dorothy Bartlett Campbell Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks.] 022811 

Gerry Beckett Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Lois Brown McNamara, 87, a lifelong Calais resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Atlantic Nursing Home, Calais. She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Calais, the daughter of Ralph and Annie (Maguire) Brown. She attended schools in Calais and graduated from Calais Academy and Holy Rosary Business School, St. Stephen, New Brunswick. After graduation she worked for a year in Boston before returning to Calais, where she married William J. McNamara, Nov. 24, 1943. They had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, November 2006, just prior to Bill's death. Lois worked for the state of Maine's Employment Office for 26 years. Mrs. McNamara was a communicant at Immaculate Conception Church, Calais, a member of Daughters of Isabella, Sodality and was a participant in all church activities. She was an avid golfer and was for many years a member of St. Croix Country Club, where she served on numerous committees. She and Billy were regulars at the club, playing every possible day after retirement. She was active in her children's activities, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader. She had many talents, but particularly enjoyed creating with her hands through sewing, crewel and needlework, and antique chair caning and refinishing. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Billy; two infant children, Mark and Roxanne; her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Earl Gaddis of Woodland; and her brother, Daniel Brown of Bradenton, Fla. She is survived by two children, Michael McNamara and his wife, Patricia, of Naples, Fla., and Sue Ellen Clark and her husband, Arnold, of Calais; four grandchildren, Michele McNamara of Portland, William McNamara and his wife, Alane, of Burlington, Vt., Arnold S. Clark and his wife, Tamara, of Durham and Derek Clark and his fianc?e, Jaime Hiltz, of Scarborough; four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Amy McNamara, and Sofia and Oliver Clark; sisters-in-law, Grace Brown of Bradenton, Fla., and Joyce Beecher of Cape Elizabeth; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Immaculate Conception Church, Calais Avenue, Calais, by Father James Plourde. Interment will be in the family plot at Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lois' memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 898, Calais, ME 04910 or Calais Regional Hospital, 22 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619. Condolences may be expressed at  [Provided by Sharon Howland & John Adams]

Blaine Campbell Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Lois K. Connolly St. Clair, 88, passed away Thursday March 3, 2011. She was born in Portland on Sept. 21, 1922 the daughter of Edward and Ida (Foley) Connolly. Lois was a graduate of Calais Academy class of 1940. She was a lifelong resident of the Portland - Westbrook area. On Sept. 21, 1942 she married James St. Clair in Portland. Lois was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother , grandmother, and great-grandmother to her loving family. Lois was extremely proud of her Irish heritage and at the age of 78 took it upon herself to visit the homeland of her ancestors. Until the day she passed, that trip was one of her proudest and fondest memories. She was also an active member of Deering Chapter 59 Order of the Eastern Star where she had served as Past Matron. Besides her parents she is predeceased by her husband, James St. Clair who passed away Oct. 25, 1996. Lois is survived by her daughter Judith and her husband Floyd Smeltzer, her son John and his wife Wendy St. Clair; her grandchildren; Kevin and Tracy Sullivan, Joshua, Jamie and Andrew St. Clair; her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Dillon Sullivan, Dimitri Skinsacos, Parker Sewall; and her future great-grandchild, Levi Johnson. Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation on Tuesday March 8, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. where Eastern Star Services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. by Members of Deering Chapter 59 O.E.S Graveside committal services and interment will take place at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date. For those who desire, contributions in her memory may be made to: Deering-Iona Eastern Star Scholarship Fund C/O Robert Brown, 65 Alden Circle, Portland, ME 04102, Lois K. St. Clair, Jones, Rich & Hutchins, Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 775-3763. [Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on March 6, 2011. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 030611

Dorothy Carlow Warden Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120909

Dr. Paul George Corrigan, Sr. - Millinocket, died unexpectedly Dec. 18, 2004, at a Bangor hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Calais, the second son of Edward J. and Edith (Aiken) Corrigan. He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Aiken Corrigan. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Gerry Corrigan; their two sons, Paul Jr. and his wife, Jan, of Greenville, Bill and his wife, Mary Ellen, of New Gloucester; and three daughters, Mary Edith Springuel and her husband, Ren‚, of Glen Echo, Md., Patt Morrison and her husband, Bill, of Miami, Fla., and Mickey Carr and her husband, John, of Yarmouth. He also had 16  grandchildren. Dr. Corrigan was a graduate of Calais Academy and Holy Rosary Business School in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He received Degrees in Optometry from Pennsylvania State College and Massachusetts College of Optometry, and for many years practiced his profession in Millinocket, Maine, until his retirement in 1987. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Dr. Corrigan was an avid outdoorsman. He helped develop and maintain the Millinocket x-country ski trails at the Katahdin Timber Cruisers snowmobile club. He loved to fly fish, hunt and x-country ski. He and his sons spent many days each year together in pursuit of Brook Trout and Whitetail Deer. He taught all his daughters how to bait a hook. In 1956, he and his wife, Betty purchased a camp on Millinocket Lake where they spent summers with their children, coming to town only for church, work, and little league games. After retirement, Paul and Betty went to camp when the snow melted and stayed till the pipes froze. Dr. Corrigan was a communicant of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. He was very proud of his long affiliation with the Democratic party. Though reticent to reveal his political views to strangers, his family and friends knew that his political values were anchored firmly in the New Deal of Post-Depression America. The things he valued most were the family he and Betty raised and the strong ties both of them had to the community of Millinocket. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at R.L. Bouchard Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1132, Fairfax, VA. Or to the Katahdin Area Support Group.  [Bangor Daily News] 

Jacqueline Dinsmore Ellsmore  -- SEARSPORT - Jacqueline D. Ellsmore, 84, died peacefully, Nov. 30, 2007, at her home, with her daughter. She was born May 12, 1923, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, the daughter of Willard A. and Marion G. (Rawding) Dinsmore. She graduated from Calais Academy, Calais, Class of 1940. Mrs. Ellsmore was a member of the W.S.C.S. at Searsport United Methodist Church, Searsport Historical Society and the "Happy Hookers," a rug hooking group. She helped do ear and eye testing for Searsport schools for many years and was a Brownie Scout leader in Brewer. Jacqueline was an avid Boston Celtics and Red Sox fan, loved John Wayne movies, Nat King Cole music, enjoyed reading, dancing, doing crossword puzzles, watching her soap operas, knitting and made Afghans for all the babies in the family. She loved to go out to dinner, her favorite places were Jordan's, Angler's, Just Barb's, Dockside and celebrated all her birthdays at Chez Michel's Restaurant, Lincolnville. She is survived by her three daughters, Judith Ellsmore of Chelsea, Patricia Damborg and her husband, Kirk, of Augusta and Rebecca Ellsmore of Searsport; one special daughter-in-law, Diane Curtis of Searsport; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Norman C. Ellsmore in 1989; her son Norman "Chuck" Ellsmore Jr. in 1996; and one sister, Natalie C. Ellis in 2001. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport, with Pastor Chris Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Searsport. Donations in her memory may be made to Town Line Animal Shelter, 46 Baker Road, Belfast, ME 04915 or Searsport Historical Society, P.O. Box 28, Searsport, ME 04974. [BDN 120307 provided by Sharon Howland & John Adams] 

Edward  Downing, 66, 35417 Orange Grove Lane, Lake Eustis Village, Leesburg, died Sunday. Born in Calais, Maine, he moved to Leesburg from Machiasport, Maine, in 1982. He was a retired civil engineer and was a Protestant. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. He was a Mason and a member of the USS California Reunion Association. Survivors: wife, Louise; father, Harold, Calais; son, William, Maine; daughters, Mrs. Mary Hammond, East Machias, Maine, Elaine Graviett, Bowdoinham, Maine, Mrs. Laurie Perseille, Standish, Maine, Mrs. Susan Wilson, California; brother, Fred, Freeport, Maine; sister, Mrs. Freda Polk, Calais; seven grandchildren. [Orlando Sentinel 3/7/88] 

Fletcher Richard Frost, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at a Bangor hospital with his family by his side. Richard was born May 21, 1922, in Calais, son of the late Floyd and Vira (Leahan) Frost. He attended grade school in Alexander and Milltown schools and was a graduate of Calais Academy, Class of 1940, where he served as class president for all four years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. After the war, Richard moved to Hartford, Conn., and worked at Pratt-Whitney defense plant. Shortly after, Richard returned to Calais where he owned and operated Frost Financial Services, Frost Real Estate, and H&R Block in Calais for many years. He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais. Richard was also a member of St. Croix Council No. 149, Knights of Columbus and Sherman Brothers Post No. 3, American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, computers, gardening and attending family gatherings. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his first and second wives, Mary (Casey) Frost and Eileen (Wildman) Frost; two sons, Richard Eugene "Gene" Frost and Daniel Joseph Frost; two brothers, Wilfred and Norris Frost; and a sister, Alice Farnsworth. Surviving are his loving companion of more than 34 years, Kathryn "Kay" Gaddis of Calais; five children, James Frost and his companion, Jorge Morales, of Virginia, Margaret Shaw and her husband, Leslie, of Brewer, Maryanne Starbird and her husband, Jan, of Levant, Suzanne Taber and her companion, Mark L'Heureux, of Sanford and Sherri Cox and her husband, Kevin, of Ellsworth; a stepson, Rodney Sabbattus and his wife, Robin, of Augusta; two stepdaughters, Judy Varnum and her companion, Donn Goodwin, of Bangor and JoAnne Spinney and her husband, Paul, of Calais; two daughters-in-law, Jeanne Frost of Brewer and Nancy Frost of St. George, New Brunswick; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Diane Morrison of Falmouth; many cousins and friends; and his "extended family" at the Maine Veterans' Home, Bangor, where he was a resident for the last five months. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 2 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Calais Avenue, Calais, with the Rev. James Plourde, celebrant. Burial will be at Calais Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, P.O. Box 898, Calais, ME 04619 or to a charity of one's choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at [BDN 071609 provided by Sharon Howland] 

Miles P. Frye died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Lancaster, with his wife and children near. He was born in Calais, Maine, on Sept. 5, 1923, the son of Miles and Josephine Frye. He graduated from the University of Maine and Boston University with a law degree in 1951, after a tour in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. Mr. Frye then went to work for what is today Maine Revenue Services, where he was an assistant attorney general from 1951 to 1954. During his time there, he wrote portions of the Maine sales tax law, which is still in existence today. In 1954, he joined what became the Weeks, Hutchins, Frye, Welch and O'Donnell law firm, where he became a partner in 1958 and was still working part time, taking care of his clients until the age of 72, when he retired. His specialty was wills and deeds, and he was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, as well as the Waterville, Kennebec, Maine and American Bar associations. The Maine Bar Association recognized his 50 years of service with an award at the Samoset Resort. His accomplishments included being a director of The Federal Trust (later Merrill Bank, then Fleet Bank). Mr. Frye was also a member of the Waterville  Rotary Club. In his profession, he represented the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District and was instrumental in helping with the development of the industrial park where the Elks Cluband United Parcel Service have been established. Mr. Frye is survived by his wife, Muriel P. Frye, whom he loved dearly. He was also father to daughter Rebecca Marin and spouse Harold Marin, and son Andrew Frye, and spouse Dr. Gladys Frye. He had three grandchildren, Stephanie Purnell and spouse Kevin Purnell, Andrea Frye and Reed Frye; and an anticipated great-grandchild, Brynn Purnell. Mr. Frye had a passion for taking photographs of his family, as his greatest love was being around them. He became committee chairman of Boy Scouts Troop 436 when his son was a member, and followed his daughter from horse show to horse show when she was young. He also enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Boston Bruins and rooting for his teams. In later years he and wife, Muriel, did some traveling and enjoyed their life together. He will be greatly missed by his family, as he was always there to lend a hand or give his support to all they did. Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, Maine. Following the service, Mr. Frye will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine. All are invited to attend. Afterward, everyone is invited to a celebration-of-life gathering at the Augusta Elks Lodge 964, 397 Civic Center Drive, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301. Should you wish to phone in your donation with a credit card, you may call 800-639-2113. Arrangements by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Lancaster. Published in Kennebec Journal on Oct. 29, 2012

Arthur Garland  Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Henry Gillespie - SCARBOROUGH -- Henry A. Gillespie, 86, of Falmouth, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the Gosnell Hospice House. He was born in Calais on March 20, 1923, the son of Arthur Henry and Phyllis Dary Gillespie. He graduated from Calais Academy and Hebron Academy. Henry married Marian Saunders on Sept. 20, 1943. She predeceased him in 2001. Henry was attending the University of Maine in Orono when World War II started. He then left college to work at New England Shipbuilding Corp. in South Portland. After the war, Henry returned to Calais to operate and eventually own Trimble Brothers Shoe Store. Henry was also the Postmaster in Calais for a few years. He also owned H.A. Gillespie Clothing Store in Woodland. Later Henry moved to Waterville to work at W.T. Grants and Lamey Wellehan in Stearns Dept. Store. Henry retired to Englewood, Fla., in 1987. After the passing of his wife Marian, he moved back to Maine to live with his family. Henry was a member of the Calais Lions Club, Rotary, and the St. Croix Country Club in Calais. He also belonged to the St. Croix Masonic Lodge in Calais. Henry was the Chairman of the Washington County Republican Committee. He was a Shriner in the Anah Temple in Eastern Maine and the Sahib Temple in South Western Florida. He was a member of the Elks in Both Waterville, and Englewood, Fla. He was known for his story telling and being a good cribbage player. 'We had some good laughs.' Henry is survived by his son John K. Gillespie and his wife Cheryl of Falmouth; and two granddaughters, Darcie Gillespie of San Francisco and Kelsey Gillespie of Falmouth. The family of Henry Gillespie would like to send a sincere Thank You to Dave and the staff at Countryside Villa, his cribbage partner, Anne, and all the staff members at Gosnell Hospice House. There are no services scheduled at this time. Private family services will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. In Henry's memory donations can be made to: The Shriners Hospital Care of Shriners International Headquarters 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, Florida 33607 Email is Henry A. Gillespie Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home & Cremation Service 775-3763 [Published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on 11/1/2009 provided by Sharon Howland.]

Joyce Hanson Recore, 81, Tupper Lake, died Friday at the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford, after a long illness. Mrs. Recore worked at Sunmount Veterans Hospital until it was turned over to the state. She then transferred to Mercy Hospital, where she worked for many years as secretary to the administrator and later as personnel director. She was an officer of the Tupper Lake Golf Club Auxiliary and Dutch Treat Card Club, served on Tupper Lake's village zoning board and was a volunteer for Adirondack Adult Blood Pressure Clinics. She was a communicant and Eucharistic minister of St. Alphonsus Church. Mrs. Recore enjoyed golf and oil painting. She was an avid reader and bridge player and a skilled seamstress. Born April 2, 1923, in Calais, Maine, daughter of Franklin and Nellie Hanson, she graduated from Calais Academy and Holy Rosary Commercial School, Calais. She married Walter J. Recore on Feb. 2, 1944, in Manchester, N.H. Mrs. Recore worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Houlton (Maine) Air Force Base, where she and Mr. Recore met. After World War II, the couple moved to Mr. Recore's hometown of Malone. They lived in Malone until 1949, when they moved to Tupper Lake. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters and their husbands, Anne and Karl Smoczynzki, Queensbury, and Carol and Laird Williams, Utica; a sister, Jean McCluskey, Melbourne, Fla., and four grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Richer Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Tupper Lake Public Library, 42 Lake St., or to the Alzheimer's Association. [Watertown Daily Times N.Y. 5/3/04. Sharon Howland.] 

Pauline Hartford Smith. PAULINE WINIFRED SMITH, 71, 16225 Peru Road, Umatilla, died Saturday, Nov. 12. Mrs. Smith was a retired psychiatric aide. Born in Calais, Maine, she moved to Umatilla in 1975. A member of First Church of God, Eustis, she also belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary Post 8665, Veterans of Foreign Wars, past matron of Umatilla Chapter 32 Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors: husband, Robert F.; son, Robert William, Brunswick, Maine; daughter, Nancy S. Spires, Umatilla; brother, Phillip L., Hartford, Pa.; sisters, Charlotte Dean, Woodland, Maine, Phyllis Claridge, Plantation; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. [Orland Sentinel 11/14/94] 

Henry Holland, one of the sweetest men in the world, passed away on the morning of May 27, 2013, just shy of his 90th birthday. The son of Morris and Rae Holland, Jewish immigrants from Russia and Lithuania, he was raised in Calais amid a close-knit extended family. He graduated from the University of Maine, and received his Master of Arts degree from Harvard and Ph.D. from the University of Madrid. During World War II, he served as an infantry captain in the U.S. Army Tank Corps in the Philippines. His fascination with world cultures and his love of languages led him to a rewarding career. Henry came to Colby College as an instructor in 1952, and he retired in 1998 after 22 years as Professor of Modern Languages. He was a three-time chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and a member of almost every all-College committees. Henry played a leading role in establishing Colby's First Semester Abroad program, and he was resident director of the Colby in Cuernavaca Program for many years. Earlier he was an administrator for LASPAU, a Harvard-affiliated not for profit that fosters social and economic development in the Americas through higher education. In 1971, Holland purchased property in Sidney, and helped to plan an elegant and distinctive home there. Together with Edward "Ted" Humphrey, his partner of more than 50 years, and a series of treasured cats, he delighted in its architectural and natural beauty. While teaching, he also spent months of the year in Mexico and at a home in TŽla, Honduras. Upon retirement, Henry and Ted had the good fortune to visit a different country nearly every year. Henry will be remembered as a sophisticated, literate, warm and witty gentleman and a gracious host, who shared tales of world travels, culinary skills and bounty from a flourishing orchard, abundant garden and prolific berry bushes. Henry leaves a beloved sister, Sylvia Waterman, and brother-in-law, Robert P. Waterman, of Topsham; two nieces, Myra W. Korin, of Natick, Mass., and Amy E. Waterman, of Brunswick; several dear cousins; and members of the Humphrey-Anderson clan to whom he was an "extra" brother, uncle, cousin and dad. Adored by all who knew him -- family, friends, colleagues, students and caregivers -- he will be sorely missed. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday May 30, 2013 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Rabbi Darrah Lerner, officiating. Interment will be in Beth El Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember Henry in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the ASPCA by donating online at; to the Colby College memorial fund, 400 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901; the Maine Medical Center Memorial Fund, Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME, 04102; or to the Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Memorial Program, Development Department, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Published in Morning Sentinel on May 29, 2013. 

Anna Hume Weir.  CUMBERLAND -- Anna E. Weir (Betty) died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at the Southern Maine Hospice Center in Scarborough after a six month battle with ovarian cancer. Betty was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Calais, the daughter of Eugene Webb Hume and Harriet M. Boles. She graduated from Calais Academy in 1940 and went on to Northeastern Business School in Portland where she graduated in 1941. She married Everett B. Weir on June 6, 1943. He was serving in the Army National Guard, Coastal Artillery, stationed at Ft. Williams and went on to serve in various campaigns in the European theater starting with D-Day, their first wedding anniversary. Upon his return home they made their home in Cumberland Center moving there in 1947. They raised three children, Eugene, Ann and Mary at their home on Main Street. Betty first worked as a private secretary for the Portland Water District for about eight years. Then in the late 1950s, wanting to spend more time with her children, she got a part-time job with the U.S. Post Office in Cumberland Center. She became a full-time postal clerk in the 1970s and retired from the Post Office in 1984. With her children grown up she wanted to spend more time with the farm (farming). She was active in the Cumberland Garden Club and assisted in the landscape design of the 60s Merrill addition to the Prince Memorial library. While on Main Street she started a small Toggenberg Goat herd and belonged to both the American Dairy Goat Association and the Southern Maine Dairy Goat Association. In 1965 Betty her husband Everett and Mary moved to the farm on what is now Pleasant Valley Road in Cumberland. The dairy goatherd grew and had several grand champions at the dairy goat shows. Betty became a dairy goat judge for a short time but found that too strenuous and tedious, as dairy goat shows were becoming all day events. In 1964 she was inspired by Rachel Carson's, Silent Spring to bring about a better way to grow our food with out poisoning the environment and ourselves. Betty was one of the founding inspirations for the Maine Organic Farmer's and Gardener's Association (MOFGA) serving on various committees and one of the founders of the Common Ground Country Fair. She has been an invaluable resource for various agricultural organizations, including the Maine Beef Industry Council, Maine Maple Producers, University of Maine Co-Operative Extension and Maine Department of Agriculture. In 1987 she joined the Brunswick Farmer's Market and shared a space with Marilyn Settlemire and Sue Sergeant where she was an Organic Beef and Vegetable vendor. When Brunswick Topsham land Trust Crystal Springs opened in 2000 she was one of the lonely few that gave it a try. Now it is one of the liveliest farmer's markets in the state. Betty was one of the founding members of the Cumberland Farmer's Market in 1997 Betty leaves her three children, Eugene who has been helping her run the farm, Ann who lives in Mt. Tremper, N.Y., and Mary who also lives in Cumberland; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister in-law, Ruth Hume of Portland; several cousins, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church in Cumberland Center where Betty has been a life-time member. The service is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 5, 2008, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives, LLC 500 Route One, Yarmouth.   In lieu of flowers Betty would like donations made to Maine Organic Farmer's and Gardener's Association. [Provided by Sharon Howland and Marilyn Strout] 

Laura Jackman Ranks, age 92, died on May 7, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living. Laura was born August 3, 1923 in Calais, Maine. She was the daughter of Percy Edward Jackman and Laura Pearl McCubrey Hodgins. Laura thoroughly enjoyed sewing, cooking, walking, the outdoors, and music. She read broadly, but especially in literature. She and her sister (Katie) were in choirs and glee clubs through high school, and they also participated in the University of Maine Chorus, Glee Club and Chapel Choir. Literature, writing, singing and teaching were her passion. She attended the University of Maine, Orono for two years. Laura married John Ellis Ranks on April 1, 1944 shortly before John left for Navy service in WW II. Laura worked as a homemaker for many years and served as PTA president at Don Benito School, Pasadena California. When her husband John developed Multiple Sclerosis in 1955, Laura cared for him and returned to college at Occidental in Los Angeles, California where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to obtain a Master of Arts in teaching at Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. She taught for several years at Westridge Girls Prep School in Pasadena CA, and then trained teachers at the University of Hawaii. She spent over 20 years teaching literature in the ESL program at Beverly Hills High School before retiring to Dana Point, California with her husband John. Laura and John were active in the St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach, California for many years and enjoyed the fellowship of their local parishioners. Laura's grandson Jason was blessed to spend a great deal of time with his grandmother during his youth and has many fond memories of their time together. After John's death Laura and her daughter Karen moved to Salt Lake City to be with her family. Her great grandchildren loved visiting and exploring the toys she kept for them in her kitchen closet. Laura and Karen enjoyed attending the St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her last months she and her son David enjoyed watching Nova and discussing literature; especially The Brothers Karamazov, which she taught for many years and loved deeply. She delighted in that time with her son. Laura's husband John preceded her in death by 11 years. She is survived by her sister Katherine Henderson of Catonsville, Maryland, her son David M. Ranks and his wife Georgann Ranks of Woods Cross, Utah. She also has five grandchildren (listed according to age): Danielle Ranks (Kidd) Salt Lake City, Utah; Christianne Ranks (Crump) Meridian, ID; Eric Ranks Ogden, UT; Nicole Ranks (Crabtree) Kennewick, WA; and Jason Mueller of Los Angeles, CA. Laura also has nine great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in her honor on May 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the LDS Meetinghouse located at 1509 West 1500 South, Woods Cross Utah. [Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT) - Sunday, May 15, 2016. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

Richard Johnson married Barbara Lassiter on June 18, 1954, in Richmond, Va., while in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Lee during the Korean Conflict. Richard, following in his father's footsteps, was a firefighter for over 25 years with the City of Memphis, retiring as the deputy chief fire marshall. Richard dedicated his life to the service of others, teaching at the National Fire Academy in Emittsburg, Md., as the supervisor of Prevention Series, where he wrote and published multiple student and instructor manuals. Richard was the assistant commissioner and state fire marshall for the Department of Commerce and Insurance for the State of Tennessee. Richard was also the fire chief for the Conway Volunteer Fire Department. Richard continued to work as an adjunct professor at the National Fire Academy until he was hospitalized in February. He has taught over 10,000 students during his career from all over the United States and abroad. Richard was very proud of the fact that he never ran late for work in his entire career. Richard was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and a Shriner in the Scottish Rite, O.K. Hauck Lodge in Memphis, Tenn. Richard will be sadly missed by his family, many friends and fellow firefighters. Richard loved to spend time with his grandchildren and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Hattie Mae Johnson; a brother, J.D. Johnson of Calais, Maine; and great- grandchildren, Addison Ladd Knight and twins, Hannah Grace and Elijah James Knight. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara Lassiter Johnson of Conway; two daughters, Jeffrelyn Johnson Arterburn and her husband, Dennis, of Moscow, Tenn., and Regina Johnson Jared and her husband, Steve, of Rocky Mount; five grandchildren, Dr. Wendy Jared Knight and her husband, Jim, of Washington, D.C., Denise Arterburn Phillips and her husband, Capt. Kevin Phillips of the United States Air Force of Columbus, Miss., Michael David Arterburn of Moscow, Richard Gordon Jared of Greenville and Gary Stephen Jared Jr. of Rocky Mount; two great-grandchildren, Tyler William Phillips of Columbus and Ella Grace Knight of Washington, D.C.; one sister, Peg Kellum and her husband, Jim, of Nesbit, Miss.; two brothers-in-law, Wilton Lassiter of Raleigh and Joe Lassiter and his wife, Myrna, of Ocean Beach, Ore.; one sister-in-law, Peggy Johnson of Calais, Maine; and nieces and nephews, Ron Lassiter and his wife, Lisa, of Wendell, B.J. and Jennifer Johnson of Calais and Eric Johnson of Fayetteville.

Mary J. LeSuer Kuch. SOUTH PORTLAND - Mary J. Kuch, 86, of Ridgeland Avenue, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2007, at a Portland hospital. Mary was born in Calais, a daughter of Carleton Edward and Esther Isabella Young LeSuer. She was educated in the Calais schools and graduated from Calais High School. She came to the South Portland area at the age of 18, and was a member of Brown's Hill United Methodist Church, South Portland, for many years. Mary worked at the South Portland shipyard as a welder when she first came to South Portland and was later employed as a stitcher at Herman's shoes for 27 years, until her retirement in 1986. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles F. Kuch. Surviving are her two daughters, Beverly J. Preston of Westbrook, and Carlene Thompson and her husband, Donald, of Hermon; a brother, Robert Young of Moosesup, Conn.; three grandchildren, Steven and Richard Preston of Westbrook, and Jeffrey Thompson and his wife, Katherine, of Windham; four great-grand-children, Robbie and Chelsea Preston of Westbrook, and Owen and Mary Thompson of Windham. There will be no visiting hours. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland. Interment will be at Brooklawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Contributions may be made in her memory to First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland, ME 04106 [BND 121007 provided by Marilyn Strout & John Adams] 

Joyce Lyons Tracy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

James Harold Marraty, 87, died at Maple Leaf Health Care Center on Aug. 19, 2009, after a lengthy illness. He was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, on June 29, 1922. He grew up in Calais, Maine with his aunt and uncle after his parents died. He joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Australia during World War II. After the war, he went to the University of Maine. He was president of his class and received a bachelors degree in business. Mr. Marraty worked for many years as a meat manager at the A&P in Portland, Maine. In 1956, he began working for the USF&G Insurance Company. He retired in 1986. He was a member and a Deacon of the Central Congregational Church in Derry. He was a Mason and a member of the Derry Lions Club. He loved barbershop music and was a member of the Granitestatesman Chorus in Nashua and the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys in Sarasota, Fla. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ro Marraty, in 1983. Family includes his wife, Michelle, of Merrimack; daughters Jane Marraty, of Derry, and Judy Demers of Manchester; son James W. Marraty of Merrimack; three grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held in the Central Congregational Church in Derry on Saturday, Aug, 29, at noon. Memorial donations may be made to Maple Leaf Resident Fund, 198 Pearl St, Manchester 03104. His family would like to thank the staff at Maple Leaf Health Care Center for their help and support and the wonderful care they gave Mr. Marraty. Published in Union Leader on Aug. 22, 2009. 

Marion Matthews Rutherford 73, of the China Road [Albion] died Tuesday 2/28/1995, at her home after a long illness. She was born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1/28/1922, the daughter of Milard L. and Lois Eccles Matthews. In 1940 Marion graduated from Calais Academy in Calais, and in 1942 from Becker College in Worchester, MA. For many years she was employed at the Keyes Fiber Co., retiring eight years ago. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the out-of-doors, was a member of the Waterville Osteopathic Hospital Facility, and a communicant at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. On April 3, 1944, she married C. E. "Kim" Rutherford in St. Stephen, N.B. who survives her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Peter M. and Margaret Rutherford of Freeport; two granddaughters Jessica J. Rutherford of Los Angeles, California, and Meghan  M.  Rutherford of Freeport. There will be no services at this time, but a graveside service will be held in the Spring at Pond Road Cemetery in Albion. 

Frances McCurdy, 85, passed away unexpectedly March 19, 2008, at a Bangor hospital. She was born June 29, 1922, in Calais. Frances worked after graduation in Connecticut, Bangor and then in Calais for New England Telephone Co., employed as a telephone operator until her retirement. Frances enjoyed the Benevolent Society and Calais Historical Society, and was a main organizer of Academy Street School Reunion. Her love of reading gave her many hours of enjoyment. She was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Rachel McCurdy. She is survived by one brother, Ralph and wife, Florence McCurdy, of Salem, Ore.; two nephews, Scott and wife, Kathy McCurdy, and family of Portland, Oreg., and Edwin McCurdy of Phoenix; one niece, Carole and husband, Leo Poole, of Springfield, Ore.; cousins, Virginia Knox, Karen and husband, Brian Adams, Cheryl Little, Allison and wife, Melanie Knox, Robert and wife, Nicole Knox, Leigh Knox and Dale and wife, Wendy Knox, all of St. John, New Brunswick. Frances will be sadly missed by all her friends in Calais, especially very close neighbor friends, Christopher and Carol Eagan. At Frances' request, there will be no funeral services. There will be a committal at the family lot in Calais, which will be held at a later date. [BDN 032808 provided by Sharon Howland] 

Grace  McKay Meader. Sadly this October 13, 2016 my sister died in her sleep at the age of 93. Grace L. (McKay) Meader was born in Calais on September 9, 1923 to William H. and Edna (Sprague) McKay. She graduated from Calais Academy, class of 1940. After attending commercial college, she secured a job at the Augusta Statehouse for 2 years before she was transferred back to the Calais Motor Vehicle Registry Department where she worked for 40 years. As a young girl she enjoyed her membership with the San-Suci Dozen Club, St. Croix Golf Club, Orion chapter #45 Order of the Eastern Star, bowling and dancing at the Big Band Novilla and Timely US Canteen, all of Calais. She and Everett married January, 1959. This added the outdoor life of camping, fishing, canoeing and snowshoeing. Their retirement brought winters in Florida and Arizona for many years. Grace’s love for family genealogy along with her involvement with the local Historical Society remained until she died.  Grace was predeceased by her husband, Everett Meader and brothers, Nash, David and Alden. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie, three cousins, five nieces and three nephews. A graveside service will be held at the Calais Cemetery family lot at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 21st. Donations in Grace’s memory may be made to the St. Croix Historical Society, PO Box 242, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [Provided by Heather Ross.] 

Louis "Red" L. Morrison, 91, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Debbie and her fiancé, Patrick, in Calais. Louis was born Nov. 17, 1921, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, son of the late Louis F. and Esther (Curran) Morrison. After graduating from Calais Academy he entered the Army Air Corps and served during World War II as an airplane maintenance technician. While stationed in Monroe, La., he met Margaret Judkins. They were married Sept. 4, 1943, in Monroe. After his service, Louis and Margaret moved back to Maine and he worked at Todd's Hardware until they closed. He attended barber school in Lewiston and opened Red's Barber Shop in the St. Croix Hotel. Eventually Louis moved the shop into his home on Price Street, Calais. He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, and a member of Sherman Brothers Post No. 3 American Legion, both in Calais. Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time at his camp on Pennamaquan Lake in Charlotte, and most importantly, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Margaret; a brother, Frank Morrison; and a son-in-law, Gregory Olsen Smith. Surviving are his three children, Linda McLaughlin and her husband, Butch, of Calais, David Morrison and his wife, Beverly, of Baileyville, and Debbie Olsen Smith and her fiancé, Patrick Ashley, of Calais; four grandchildren, David McLaughlin and his wife, Hanna, of Holden, Jeff McLaughlin and his wife, Sarah, of Wilmington, N.C., Stuart Morrison of Tucson, Ariz., and Julie McPhee and her husband, Brad, of Baileyville; two step-grandchildren, Krista Prue and her husband, Matt, of Glenburn, and Kim Hill of Atlanta, Ga.; and nine great-grandchildren, Lucas, Natasha, Emma, Tyler, Jensen, Kate, Sadie, Lauren, and Courtney. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Calais, by Father Rob Lupo. Burial with military honors, will be in Calais Cemetery. Donations in Louis' memory may be made to Frank N. Beckett Center, P.O. Box 384, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at [Published in BDN Maine on June 17, 2013. Sharon Howland.] 

Mary K. Nixon Woodall, 92, passed away Friday, July 10, 2015 at Kittanning Health Care, Kittanning. She was bon Dec. 10, 1922, in Cross Creek, Canada. She has one surviving brother, John Nixon, of Hampton, Maine. She was the beloved wife to the late John W.. Woodall, who passed away in 1980; loving mother of Kathy (James) Hickerson, of West Palm, Fla, Priscilla (James) Yount, of Ford City, Keith (Dorothy) Woodall, of Tifton, GA.; cherished grandmother of Ray (Debra) Bailey, of Kissimmee, Fla., Laura Woodall, of Tifton, Shelia (Robert Frye) Riggs, of Naples, Fla., Wes (Heather) Yount, of Kittanning, Tammy (Russell) Bosland, of Brookfield, Ohio, Brad (Sue) Yount, of Kittanning, and the late Scott Woodall, who passed away in 2014, and James L. (surviving wife Rose) Yount, who passed away in 2013. Mary had 16 great-grand children and 18 great-great grandchildren. Services are private. Professional services trusted to Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory Ltd., Blawnos. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 PA-85, Kittanning, PA 1601,[Provided by John Nixon 07/21/2016] 

Frances I. O'Hara Moffitt, 71, of Fiddler Reach Road died Sunday at her home following a long illness. She was born in Calais, a daughter of John E. and Louise Armstrong O'Hara, and attended Calais schools, graduating from Calais Academy in 1940. She married John A. Moffitt on Oct. 19, 1942. They made their home in Bath before moving here in 1981. Mrs. Moffitt was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Bath. [Portland Press Herald, Sept. 26, 1994]

John M. O'Neil Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Lois Irene Phelan Downing, 94, of Houlton, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Ross Manor in Bangor, after a long illness with her family by her side. She was born July 19, 1923, in Calais, the daughter of Leo and Clara (Abbott) Phelan. Lois graduated from Calais Academy with Honors in 1940 and following graduation she attended The Holy Rosary Commercial College in St. Stephen. She later moved to Meridan, CT, to work, and after her father's death she returned to Calais to help with the family business. She married Dr. Milton Downing in 1946 and they settled in Lewiston where her husband originated his practice. She was a devout Catholic at St. Joe's in Lewiston, and upon relocating to Houlton with her husband and family she served under Father Belafontaine as the church secretary at St. Mary of the Visitation for many years. She later worked at the Pioneer Times and upon her retirement she continued to write Ricker Rumblings. She was known for her great humor and news write ups. Lois served on numerous committees as President of HC of Catholic Women and was a member of Purple Hat and TOPS. She enjoyed playing cards weekly with the Madigan Ladies Group. Lois's sense of humor also contributed to her funny fashion shows and dedication to her church and community. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Milton Downing, brothers, Leo, Harold, Edward and Paul Phelan originally of Calais. She is survived by a sister Jean Cavanagh of Manchester, NH, a daughter Kathy Hall and partner Michael Dunbar of Brewer, two sons, Matthew Downing of Calais, Paul Downing and his wife Linda of Wakefield, MA, grandchildren, Rebecca Downing, Amanda Carney, Jeremy Rockwell, Victoria Murphy, Meredith and Patrick Downing, great-grandchildren, Silas Rockwell, Candence Forbes, Leander and Tristan Carney. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews including Bonnie, Laurie, Susanne and Penny who cared for their aunt during her convalescence. She will be sadly missed by her sister Jean who faithfully called her daily to have "Sisterly Chats", Deacon Al, whom she treasured and loved and who showed his continued support over the years. She enjoyed the Ricker tenants who shared so many laughs with her. A special thank you to Helen Folsom, who lovingly cared for Lois as her own mother, to Ross Manor, Beacon Hospice, and medical personnel. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Dunn Funeral Home. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16 at St. Mary of the Visitation Church with Father Kent Ouellette celebrant. Interment will follow the service at St. Mary's Cemetery on Smyrna Street. The family invites relatives and friends to a reception at the Parish Center immediately following the burial. Those who wish to remember Lois in a special way may make gifts in her memory payable to St. Mary of the Visitation Church in c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St. Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book:   (Bangor Daily News - September 12, 2017. Provided by Sharon Howland.)

LeRoy Higgins Reardon, 77, of North Road died October 20, 2000, at Maine Medical Center. He was born in Dennysville, a son of Charles and Eva Higgins Reardon, and graduated from Calais Academy in 1940 and from Holy Rosary Commercial School  in St. Stephen NB in 1941. He attended N.Y.A. Sheet Metal School in Quoddy. Mr. Reardon worked in the South Portland shipyards as a sheet metal worker. He then entered the Army Air Forces during WWII, serving in England from 1943..... [Portland Press Herald, October 24, 2000] 

Ralph Donald Reed, age 92, of Carlisle, and formerly of Shiremanstown, died peacefully in his sleep at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Ralph was born on Friday August 17, 1923 in Calais, ME to the late Stanley Ernest Reed and Inez (Louden) Reed. Ralph was the widower of Helena May (Guistwhite) Reed, whom he married in 1954, and who died on November 14, 2007. In addition to his parents and wife, Ralph is preceded in death by his three brothers: Ben, Eugene, and Phil. Ralph was proud to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1970 after 28 years of service and achieving the rank of senior master sergeant. Working in communications and supplies while stationed in Japan, Ralph was made for the service and relished the opportunity to see the world. Ralph was affiliated with the Methodist Church, and he was a former member of the Mechanicsburg American Legion Post #109. He was a Steelers and Celtics fan, and he loved animals and bluegrass music. Ralph was extremely stubborn with a gruff exterior; but he was fair, giving, good-hearted, and the most honest person to those who knew him. Quick with wisecracks, he was known for telling it like it was, and above all, Ralph was a man of great integrity. [Here is a copy of an online obituary of my late uncle, Ralph D. Reed. I'd have liked to have posted it personally to my cousins, David, Frank and Jean Reed (Calais High Grads) but have lost track of them over the years. Their mom worked at Calais Memorial: Anne E. deSantis Reed. "Eugene" should actually read "Frank" (Francis Eugene). Provided by Inez Reed.] 

Eleanor Robinson Nixon passed away quietly on Sunday, July 14, 2013 surrounded by her family at her home at 22 High Street in Calais, Maine. She was 90 years young. She left this world just as graciously as she had lived in it. She was born on 21 December 1922. Her adoring parents, Wilmot S. Robinson and Gertrude E. Robinson lived in the same family home on High Street. She graduated from Calais Academy in 1940 and then put herself through Business College. She married her sweetheart Philip W. Nixon in 1946 and raised their family. She worked for the Eastern Pulp Wood Company in Calais, later to become Georgia Pacific for almost 30 years. She became the Administrative Assistant to four General Managers of the Woodland Operations before retiring in 1985. She left the company for 3 years during the 60’s to spend more time with her kids and worked part-time for the State of Maine Unemployment Commission during that time period. She was a career woman before that was commonplace. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Calais and an active member of its Woman’s Association for nearly 70 years. She served as a Trustee and Treasurer of her Church for many years. And when her Church burned down in 1991, she helped lead the committee responsible for constructing a new Church building. But as she always said: The Church is about its people, not its brick and mortar. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, daughter-in-law, and friend. Her heart was irrevocably broken when she lost her husband in 1992 and her oldest son Jeff to an accident in 1998, but she forged on in life because she was a rock. Elly is survived by her devoted daughter Anne Nixon of Calais, her son Randy Nixon and his wife Janet of Old Lyme, Connecticut, her daughter-in-law Susan Nixon of Westbrook, Maine, her granddaughter April Gardiner and her husband Zack of Newport, Maine, her grandson Bryan Ingram and his wife Holly of Deep River, Connecticut, her granddaughter Crystal Wallace and her husband Mitch of Windsor, Connecticut, her grandson Dylan Nixon of Westbrook, Maine, and five great grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Her family wishes to sincerely thank the RN’s, the CNA’s, and other health professionals, especially Sally Johnson, NP and Dr. Chris Hayward at the Calais Regional Hospital and the Hospice Volunteers of Calais for their compassion and care during her illness. Special thanks to Angie and June and to all her many friends for their help and kindness through the past several months. She will be sadly and respectfully missed. She was a real classy lady. A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the First Congregational Church of Calais, 21 Calais Ave., Calais, ME 04619. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Elly’s name to the First Congregational Church of Calais. [Provided by Heather Ross & Sharon Howland.]

Wray Dexter Simpson, age 87, passed away February 22, 2011 in Fort Myers, FL. Wray was born in St. Stephens, New Brunswich to Raymond and Hazel Simpson of Calias, Maine. He graduated from Calais Academy and served in the US Army Ordinance in the Asian-Pacific area during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with honors from the University of Maine, class of 1949, and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi honor society. Wray was employed by General Electric Co. as a design engineer, later supervisor, in the development and production of controls for aircraft jet engines and space satellites at several different locations, retiring from GE Valley Forge, PA in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his daughter, Jan; sons, Gregg, Glenn, William and David; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Online condolences may be made to the family at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Marjorie Smith.  Marjorie R. Colpitts, 85 SOUTH PORTLAND -- Marjorie R. Colpitts, 85, of South Portland passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Maine Medical Center after a very brief illness. She was born on March 3, 1923, in Charlotte, the daughter of the Late Willard and Ruth (Morgan) Smith. She graduated from Calais Academy. She was married to Francis Colpitts for 57 years until his death in 1998. She lived in South Portland where their five children were raised. She enjoyed her time spent at their cottage on Raymond Pond boating and snowmobiling. After her husband's retirement they wintered in Zepherhills, Fla. She enjoyed sewing and made both of her daughter's wedding gowns. Her other interests were gardening and cooking. She was an avid homemaker who took pride in the upkeep of all her properties. Her life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Marjorie had just received a 50 year certificate of membership from the First Congregational Church of South Portland. She is predeceased by her husband; two sisters, Lois Alexander and Faye Doliber, and a brother, Nelson Smith. She is survived by her three sons and wives, John and wife Dionne of Las Cruz, N.M., Richard and wife Stephanie of Arundel, Terry and wife Lisa of Scarborough, and two daughters and husbands Donna and Tom Borrello of Davenport, Fla., and Debra and Lloyd May of New Gloucester. She is also survived by a sister, Barbara Mylen of Charlotte, a brother, John Smith of Calais; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins. The family would like to extend special thanks to the nursing staff at Maine Medical Center Gibson Pavillion for their outstanding care and compassion. Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. Burial to follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marjorie's memory to: The Maine American 1 Main St. Suite 04086-1240 Marjorie R. Colpitts.

Hazen W. 'Gentle Ben' Spearin, 82, of Yarmouth Rd., died May 11, 2003 in a Lewiston Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. His wife, Blanche L. Worthen Spearin, also died from the accident. He was born in Robbinston, a son of Alonzo A. and Evelyn M. Morrell Spearin. He attended Robbinston Ridge Elementary School and was a 1940 graduate of Calais Academy. He was a 1948 graduate of Gray Business College in Long Beach, Calif., and a 1969 graduate of Maine School of Practical Nursing in Portland as its first male graduate. Mr. Spearin had worked for Todd Shipyard Los Angeles Division in San Diego, Calif., and for Fruhauf Trailers building spacecrafts. He returned to Maine in 1962 to work for Prosperity at the South Portland Shipyard, then as a route delivery man for Old Tavern Farms. For eight years, Mr. Spearin worked for Bennett Retirement Home in Windham as a bookkeeper, a nurse and as an interviewer. He also worked at Maine Medical Center for 15 years. After his retirement in 1983, he worked as a bookkeeper for Richard Reid in Gray and sold flowers for Nellie Bennett. He enjoyed camping, traveling and fishing. During World War II, Mr. Spearin served in the Army. Surviving him are a son, Mark J. Spearin of Durham, N.C. Funeral services will be held in conjunction with his wife's at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, at Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Rd., Windham. Visiting will be held from 10 -11 a.m., prior to the service. The Rev. Eva Cutler will officiate. Interment will follow in Gray Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: Gray Rescue 125 Shaker Rd. Gray, Maine 04039.  [Portland, ME Press Herald 5/14/03 provided by Marilyn Strout]

Ethel Stanhope Colbath, 86, of Augusta passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2010, at Maine General Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Glenridge. Ethel loved birds, flowers, vegetables and her family. She retired as receptionist for her son, Dr. Karl B. Colbath, in December 2005. She took great pride in working until the age of 82. She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Annie Stanhope, formerly of Calais; her brother, Jack Stanhope, formerly of Carmel; her husband, Burton Colbath, formerly of North Vassalboro; and her son, Dr. Karl B. Colbath. She is survived by a son, Phil Colbath and his wife, Barrie, of Fayette; her beloved granddaughter, Jennifer Delker and her husband, Ken, who reside at Travis Air Force Base in California; a brother, Harry Stanhope, of Calais; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Kling Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date and time to be announced.

Maxine Thomas - WASHBURN - Maxine Kennedy (Thomas) Cox, 87, passed away Sept. 25, 2009. She was born April 12, 1922, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, daughter of Vernon and Alma (Kennedy) Thomas. Maxine was a 1940 graduate of Calais Academy. After her retirement in 1986 as co-owner of a successful bluestone and slate company in Somerville, Mass., Maxine relocated from her longtime home in Medford, Mass., to Washburn to be close to her brother and family. For 30 years Maxine enjoyed her summers at "the coast" - York Beach - the place she loved, was happiest, and was most at peace near Nubble Lighthouse. Maxine's other loves and passions included her many Siamese cats and her 25 years as a member of Liberty Belle Chorus of Arlington, Mass., a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an organization of women singers dedicated to the performance of a capella four-part barbershop style harmony. With the award winning Liberty Belles, she performed in numerous regional and national chorus competitions and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Maxine was extremely proud to be a Sweet Adeline. "The Sweets" fulfilled her need to sing and to "harmonize the world." Maxine is survived by six cousins, "the Kennedy Girls," and their mother, Dorothy, of Houlton; a niece, Leasha A. (Thomas) Fitzherbert of Washburn; a nephew, Michael C. Thomas of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and her longtime caregiver and guardian, her beloved niece, Debra G. (Thomas) Deveau of Presque Isle. She was predeceased by her husband, Vivian; and brother, Lawrence H. Thomas of Washburn. Honoring Maxine's wishes, services were not conducted. [Published in Bangor Daily News on October 10, 2009. Provided by Sharon Howland.]

Margaret Thompson. Margaret J. "Ena" Lyons a Stoneham resident for the past 47 years, died on Thursday, January 28 at the Golden Living Elmhurst Nursing Home in Melrose. Born in Calais, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Anna (Riley) Thompson. Mrs. Lyons was a graduate of Calais Academy, Class of 1940. She was a retired clerk for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston and had also worked for B.F. Goodrich in Watertown. Mrs. Lyons was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Stoneham. Mrs. Lyons was the wife of the late Edward F. "Red" Lyons. She is survived by her loving daughter Diane Walsh of Stoneham, her devoted granddaughter Meghan Walsh of Malden, her sister Pauline Leonard of Canton, her son-in-law Thomas F. Walsh of Malden, her five sisters-in-law; Lucille Thompson, Hazel Thompson, Barbara Thompson, Irene Thompson and Joanne Thompson. Mrs. Lyons is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and her dog Ruby. She was predeceased by her loving grandson Ryan Walsh of Malden, her five brothers; Philip Thompson, Leo Thompson, Edgar Thompson, Keith Thompson and Carl Thompson and her two sisters; Beulah O'Leary and Eleanor Collins. Her funeral will be held from the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St, Stoneham on Monday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Patrick's Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham at 10 o'clock. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-7p.m. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. 

H. Milton Thornton Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120909 

Pauline Helen Waite Lutz, 88, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at the Winslow House Care Center, Marion, Iowa. Pauline was born on Jan. 31, 1922, in Calais, Maine. She married Harry Lutz on April 28, 1945, in Washington, D.C., within a year after their meeting at a USO dance. She served as a secretary to the Corps of Engineers through the war's end. Pauline accompanied Harry back to Cedar Rapids in 1945, where she made her life as a housewife and mother. Survivors include her husband, Harry W. Lutz; and her two sons, Robert A. Lutz and Thomas E. Lutz. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and her younger sister, Marion Mitchell. A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Marion, Iowa. A time of fellowship will follow the service at the Murdoch facilities. Private burial of cremains will be at a later date. Family members wish to thank Winslow House and Mercy Hospice staff members for the care given to Pauline during her final months. Please sign the online guest book for Pauline at under obituaries. [The Gazette, Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, IA - Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Provided by Sharon Howland 02/13/2017.]


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