Barbara Wing, 50, of New Gloucester, died last week at a Portland hospital.
Mrs. Wing was born in Rockland, a daughter of Robert and Bernys Overlock Mattson; she graduated from Waldoboro High School and the Golden School of Beauty. She also attended the University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
She loved snowmobiling, fishing, hunting (she once shot a moose), camping, sewing, cooking, upholstery work and time spent at the family camp in Rockwood.
For 20 years, she was a manager at Unum. Prior to that, she had owned a beauty shop.
Mrs. Wing is survived by her parents and her husband of 23 years, David, all of New Gloucester; three stepsons, Tony, of Hartford, and Robert and Todd, both of New Gloucester; a sister, Mrs. Kurt (Roberta) Tielinen, of New Gloucester; and one grandchild.
Visiting hours were at Wilson Funeral Home, Gray, with burial to be in the spring.
Arthur Harmon, 90
Arthur B. Harmon, 90, formerly of Lawrence Road, Gray, died February 24 at a Windham health-care facility.
Mr. Harmon was born in Windham, a son of Orland and Esther Hall Harmon, and attended schools in Gray, graduating from Pennell Institute.
After graduating, Mr. Harmon started his career as a carpenter. He worked in the trade all his life, mostly self-employed in construction and remodeling.
As a young man, he worked for many area dairies and chicken farms; during World War II, he worked on Liberty ships as a welder at the South Portland Shipyard.
He lived in Gray most of his life. His interests included genealogy, gardening, hunting, hiking and reading.
His wife, Bernice E. Nason Harmon, died in 1996. A son, Lester, died in 1992, and a daughter, Carlene, died in 1937.
He is survived by two sons, Paul C. Harmon and his wife Bette, of Gray, and Damon E. Harmon and his wife Elizabeth, of Cumberland; a brother, Marvin Hannon, of Gray; a sister, Jeannette Abbott, of Wolfsboro, NH; a granddaughter, Lori Chason, of Windham; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. Douglas Hedstrom officiated at a funeral service last Wednesday; burial will be in Gray Village Cemetery in spring.
Beatrice G. Johnston
Greenfield, MA - Beatrice G. (Gleason) Johnston, 82, of 405 Countryside died Wednesday, December 25, 2002, at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
She was born in Bangor, Maine, on February 20, 1920, the daughter of Lawrence and Inez (Grant) Gleason. She graduated from Bangor High School, attended the University of Maine and graduated from Washington State Teachers College.
She had been a resident of Gray, Maine, prior to moving to Greenfield in 1996.
In her earlier years, she was an art teacher in the Bangor-Brewer school system. Her husband, Frederick, was a commander in the Navy and she was active in Naval organizations in the United States and overseas.
She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.
She enjoyed art, antiques, crafts, reading, and spending time with her family.
Her husband, Frederick Johnston, died in 1988.
Survivors include a son, Frederick J. and his wife, Virginia, of Middletown, Pa.; a daughter, Jan L. Kaiser and her partner, George N. Maniatty of Greenfield; a brother, Thomas E. Gleason of Phoenix, Arizona; three grandchildren, Jessica Kaiser of Beverly, Mass.; Lincoln Kaiser of Westwood, Mass.; and Erin Johnston of Middletown, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Rita McCutcheon of San Diego, Calif.; and Sue Gleason of Phoenix Arizona and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St John's Catholic Church in Bangor Maine in the spring at a date to be announced. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Western/Central Massachusetts, Regional Office, 181 Park Ave., Suite 12, West Springfield, MA 01089.
Bela Jordan passes away suddenly
Bela "Eddie" Jordan, 44, died suddenly on Thursday, February 3, with his family at his side at Central Maine Medical Center.
Eddie grew up in New Gloucester, graduating from Gray-New Gloucester High School in 1979. After three years in the Army, he worked and traveled the world. He had an infectious personality and was loved dearly by all who were blessed to know him.
On his farmhouse in Mechanic Falls, he worked with his animals, and spent time fixing up his farmhouse with his longtime buddy, Ken Sumner.
There are no words to say how much he will be missed by his mother, Edith Jordan, of Auburn, who he loved dearly. He is also survived by his sisters, Debra White and Kathy Pierce, both of New Gloucester; his brothers, Dean Jordan, of Poland, and Rick Jordan, of Casco; three nieces, Shona Gonsalves, Chasity White and Ashley Jordan; and a nephew, James Jordan.
He was predeceased by his dads, Bela Jordan, Sr., in the year 2000.
A gathering of remembrance and celebration will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 13, at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray. Immediately following the remembrance period, there will be a party in Eddie's honor at the Amvets Hall, Lewiston Road, New Gloucester, from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. A graveside service will be held in the spring.
Belna Libby, 83
Belna L. Libby, 83, who lived in Gray until last March, died November 10 at the Barron Center, in Portland.
Born in Ashfield, MA, she was one of 14 children of Fred E. and Alice M. Burnell. She moved to Maine as a teenager, and graduated from Greely Institute in Cumberland.
She married Freeman Stowell in 1935. Mrs. Libby worked in Portland as a waitress at Your Host Restaurant and at Casco Printing.
In 1971, she married Leon Libby, Sr., and moved to Gray. Mr. Libby died in October.
Mrs. Libby enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, crocheting, knitting and cake-decorating.
She is survived by two sons, Richard A. Stowell, of Gray, and Ralph A. Stowell, of New Gloucester, and a stepson, Leon E. Libby, Jr., of Kennebunk; three brothers, Clive Burnell, of Saco, Carlan Burnell, of Cumberland, and Auman Burnell, of Steep Falls in Standish; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A funeral was held on Monday at Wilson Funeral Home, with the Rev. George Bovill officiating.
Bertha Higgins Loomis
Bertha Higgins Loomis, formerly of Gray, died January 15 at the age of 83, following a long illness.
She was born August 15, 1917, in Standish, daughter of Monte and Lucy Adelaide (Moulton) Frost. She attended local schools, and graduated from Gorham Normal School.
Bertha married Karlton (Gus) E. Higgins on June 15, 1942; he died in 1980. She married Charles H. Loomis on April 4, 1992; he died in August of 2000.
Bertha and Gus lived in South Paris until 1966. She was an elementary and junior high school teacher in the Norway (now Oxford Hills) schools. After moving to Gray in 1966, Gus became principal of Gray-New Gloucester High School, and Bertha became Alumni Director of the Gorham campus of the University of Maine, Portland Gorham (now the University of Southern Maine).
Bertha was active in many professional and civic organizations, and will be missed by her family and friends. Bertha enjoyed nature, reading, playing bridge and Scrabble. On Thanksgiving Day, 2000, she was able to enjoy dinner at the home of her son, with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in attendance.
Besides her husbands, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Susan Higgins; her sister, Elizabeth (Frost) Bussone; her brother, Maynard Frost; and her nephew, Carl Frost.
Survivors include her son, Stephen Higgins, and his wife Ruth, of Oakland; grandchildren Christopher Higgins, of Brewer, Kathleen (Higgins) Cunningham, of Oakland; Rebecca (Higgins) Blakely, of Rochester Hills, MI; great-grandsons Chase and Jared Cunningham, of Oakland; a special niece, Terry (Bussone) Moher, of Durham, NH; and nephews David Bussone, Jerry Bussone and Mark Bussone.
At Bertha's request, there will be no public services. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Wheeler Funeral Home, of Oakland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gray Public Library, Hancock Street, Gray ME 04039, or to HealthReach Hospice, P.O. Box 1568, Waterville ME 04903-1568.
Blanche G. Hill, 81, died last Monday at a Gorham nursing home.
She was born in New Gloucester on July 20, 1918, the daughter of Valentine and Laura Hall. She attended New Gloucester schools, and lived in New Gloucester her whole life.
For many years, Mrs. Hill was a cook at Cole Farms Restaurant in Gray. She enjoyed family activities, going for automobile rides, doing crossword puzzles, dancing and cooking.
She was predeceassed in 1996 by her son, Robert E. Hill. She is survived by her former husband, Arthur Hill, of Scarborough; three sons, Sherman V. Hill, Allan S. Hill, both of Gray, and Richard A. Hill, of Standish; one daughter, Laura E. Hill, of Scarborough; a sister, Catherine M. Hillson, of Scarborough; and 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Gray Rescue, P.O. Box 297, Gray, ME 04039.