Sarah Wilson Garrett
Topsham, Maine - Sarah Wilson Garrett, 76, a Gray resident for many years, died Wednesday.
Born in Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Earle Farnsworth and Lucy Jacobs Wilson, Sr., Mrs. Garrett was raised in Gray and graduated from Pennell Institute in 1938, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont in 1941 and from Yale Law School in 1944.
Mrs. Garrett was an enthusiastic Girl Scout, attaining honors as a Golden Eaglet. In 1934, she won the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Garrett had a brief private law practice in New Haven, CT, before a distinguished career with the Internal Revenue Service, from which she retired in 1986 as Head of the Exempt Organizations Branch of the Chief Counsels' Office. She was a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia and Maryland bars, and of the American Bar Association.
She was an avid reader, who loved animals and crossword puzzles. She was active in the community as a volunteer, a dedicated Episcopalian and a longtime Communicant of St. Anne's Church in Annapolis.
Devoted to her family, Mrs. Garrett returned to Maine from Maryland in 1997 to be close to her family.
She married Crombie J. D. Garrett, of Round Bay, Maryland, on October 12 of 1944. She is survived by her husband; one son, Crombie J. D. Garrett, Jr.; a grandson, James S. Garrett and a granddaughter, Katharine M. Garrett, both of Yarmouth; her brother, Earle F. Wilson, Jr., of Gray; and six nephews, a niece and a grandniece.
Sandra Whitney, 52, formerly of Gray, died suddenly after a brief illness.
She was born in Rumford, the daughter of the late Robert and Catherine Blunda Cayer. She recently moved to Pensacola, Florida.
She taught at the Memorial School in New Gloucester for 15 years. She was a member of New Gloucester Bible Church and Perdido Bay Baptist Church.
She leaves a loving husband, Donald W. Whitney; her son, Michael M. Whitney, his wife Jackie and her two grandchildren, Mikaela and Hunter, of Pensacola; her daughter, Tina M. Whitney, of Gray; and her brothers, Alan Cayer, of Rumford, and Robert Cayer, of Gray.
A wake was held on September 18 at Wilson Funeral Home. Commital will be in the Gray Village Cemetery, with Pastor Darwin Vail officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Community Center, 778 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106.
Arrangements were by Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.
Sandra Jean Thomas, 57
Sandra Jean Thomas, 57, died on April 23, 2003. She passed away peacefully at home with the husband of 32 years, Robert Thomas, Sr. at her side holding her hand.
She was born May 20, 1945, in Brunswick, a daughter of Mr. Robert and Mary MacKenzie McEachern, Sr.
Mrs. Thomas was an employee at J.J. Nissen in Portland as the order clerk. She transferred with the company to Biddeford when it was purchased by Interstate Brands Co.
She enjoyed going to work each day. Mrs. Thomas was also a member of the Royal River Rod and Gun Club. She'll be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
She is survived by her six children; two daughters, Maria and her husband, Dan and Brandy; four sons, John and his wife, Phuong, Joe and his wife, LouEllen, Robert and his wife, Noel, Adam and his wife, Heidi.
Mrs. Thomas was a loving grandmother to her 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home, LLC, of Gray.
Ruth Trafford dies
Ruth Arlene Antone Trafford, 70, passed away on March 29, 2005 at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, following a long and valiant battle with cancer.
She was born on September 16, 1934, in South Portland, Maine, the youngest daughter of John Everett and Emily Matthews Antone.
Ruth graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1954.
On October, 1954, she married Maitland Dwaine Trafford at the Congregational Church in New Gloucester. They are the proud parents of Bruce Dwaine and Karen Marie.
Ruth was one of the hardest-working women that one would hope to meet. She learned her knack of getting along with people from several jobs, beginning with A and P Super Market in Gray. In 1971 she began a successful career as co-owner of B and R Dairy Bar along with her sister Beryl. In 1977 she became sole owner of the business and continued to run the Dairy Bar until 2001 when her health forced her to retire. In 1991 she started B and R Trucking. In the fall, after the dairy bar closed for the season, Ruth went to work for L. L. Bean. She continued this for several seasons.
She had many hobbies, but especially loved flower gardens. During the Christmas season she made Christmas wreaths. She learned to make afghans from her mother-in-law, Edith, and she always knit hats and mittens for the children.
She was blessed to have as her loving companion and best friend, Richard St. Germain, who has been by her side for the last 19 years. She let many of us know that she never could have made it through this trying time without his love and support.
During the last several years Ruth and Dick have spent the winter months in Florida at the Whisper Creek RV Resort with so many of the wonderful friends that they have met through the years.
There was nothing more important in her life than her children and grandchildren. Kourtney and Adam are her pride and joy.
She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her son Bruce and his wife Jamie Trafford, of New Gloucester, and their children, Kourtney and Adam; her daughter Karen Trafford, of New Gloucester, and her friend Tom Thompson; sisters Beryl Clarke, of Yarmouth, and Hilda and husband Robert Hahn, of Livermore Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her parents and three sisters,. Bernice Olson, Gladys Gerry and Mildred Emery.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Ruth Elizabeth Swanson, "Ruthie", of North Yarmouth, who had many friends in Gray, passed away on September 26, 2004 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Albert L. Swanson; four sons, David and his wife Kathy Swanson, of Helena, MT, Albert Swanson, also of Helena, Andrew Swanson, of North Yarmouth,Daniel and his wife Andrea, of Lisbon; and a daughter, Karen and her husband Jeff Gillespie, of Fort Benton, MT. She is also survived by her stepmother, Eleanor Clemons, of Yarmouth, two sisters, Judy Gay, of Machias, and Joyce Marsden, of Covington, WA, and a brother, Raymond Clemons, Jr., of Hermon, as well as many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, and burial followed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.
Ruth Strout Morrison, of New Gloucester, 64, died October 14, 2000 in Boston.
Mrs. Morrison worked for the school lunch program in M.S.A.D. 15. She was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church of New Gloucester, the Gray Christian Women's Guild and the Women's Evening Guild.
Her husband, Willard Morrison, died in 1990. She is survived by her mother, Ruby Strout, of New Gloucester; two daughters, Kim Francis, of New Gloucester, and Wanda Croteau, of Livermore Falls; a sister, Barbara Verrill, of New Gloucester; a brother, Raymond Strout, of Poland; and four grandchildren.
Ruth Hersey passes away at 87
Ruth Harriet (Davis) Hersey, 87, of New Gloucester, died February 16, 2005 at Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris.
Mrs. Hersey was born in Tuftonboro, NH, a daughter of Harry and Sarah (Gilman) Davis. She married Robert S. Hersey in 1933, in Tuftonboro; he died in 1978.
She was always a homemaker and was very active in the New Gloucester Bible Church.
She is survived by her son, John, and wife Shelia, Hersey of North Norway; daughters Marylou Shattuck and husband Allen, of Auburn, and Bonnie Hersey of Mechanic Falls; a granddaughter, Kimberly Hersey, of North Norway; a sister, Eleanor Knights, of Exeter, NH; and several nieces nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her husband; two sisters, Beatrice Davis and Mildred Dore; and two brothers, Albert Davis and Arthur Davis.
Visitation was last Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home, with a funeral service immediately following. Burial will be in Lower Gloucester Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 162 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Arrangements were by Wilson Funeral Home.
Ruth Griffin Cook, 85, of Portland, died November 20, 2004 at Sedgewood Commons, after many years of living with Alzheimer's Disease.
Her husband, Philip A. Cook, founded Cook's Ace Hardware.
She was born in Fall River, MA, the thirteenth child of Robert E. Griffin and Sara A. Lockhart. She attended local schools and graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School. She worked at the local Woolworth, Sears Roebuck and Bell Shops after graduation.
She married Philip Cook in 1942, and recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. They had five children. A B-17 pilot, he was stationed in Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Montgomery, Camden, SC, Augusta and Valdosta, GA, San Antonio, Sebring, FL, Gulfport, MS, Lavenham, England and finally Tampa.
Mrs. Cook was active in Bluebirds and Girls Scouts. After her children had grown, she volunteered at St. Joseph Manor and Maine Medical Center for many years. She was a teacher's aide at North School, and also operated her own beauty salon.
Ruth loved her family and friends, of whom she had many. She was a devoted wife and mother. One of her favorite places was the ocean.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Philip and his wife Dolores, of Saco, and Robert, of Gray; three daughters, Carol and her husband George Mayle, of Palm Harbor, FL, Judith and her husband Richard Sweeney, of Falmouth, and Cynthia and her husband Gary Hawkes, of Gorham; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.