Russell RoxAnn002Scarborough- RoxAnn Evelyn Russell, 56, of Limington, passed away Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at the Gosnell Hospice House.  RoxAnn, the daughter of the late Augustus Henry and Ellen Maria (Mills) Moore, was born October 15th, 1956 in Portland Maine.

RoxAnn went to local Portland schools until graduating from Portland High School in 1974.  Her first job was at H. H. Hays Drug store.  After that she worked at many different place like The Little Red School House in Old Orchard Beach, Sebago Shoe, the city of Hollis as an EMT, a drive-in in Jacksonville Florida and before she retired she was an Assistant Manager at Winkydoo’s Old Fashion Malt Shop in Sulphur, Louisiana.
RoxAnn grew up on Watchic Lake at her family's camp and loved swimming and water skiing. This love of the wilderness continues through her life as she took both her kids and grandkids camping. She took pride in her ability to care for others. RoxAnn always said her door was open to anyone in need. God made her house of elastics!
RoxAnn was part of the Rebekah Assembly of Maine 1.0.0.F.  At one time she was even the president.  She enjoyed roller skating at happy wheels, reading, board games, going to the casino, traveling, looking over her family history and watching her favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. She also loved to collect angels.

RoxAnn is survived by her four children, John A. Fletcher, Matthew B. Fletcher Sr. and his wife Laura, and Tandra J. Peterson and her husband Lucas, Diana Andrews and her husband Scott; six grandchildren, Zackery Fletcher, Jayda L. Fletcher, Matthew B. Fletcher Jr., Braydon L. Peterson, Delany P. Fletcher and Reece A. Peterson; spiritual sister Gayle Guerard and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, greatfriends and grandfriends.  Also the father of RoxAnn’s children, John Fletcher.  Besides her parents she is predeceased by her husband, William J. Russell, a brother, Richard W. Moore Sr. and his wife Linda; a sister, Nancy Wing.

There will be a celebration of life at 108 Hillcrest Rd, Scarborough, ME, on Sunday Sept 22 from 1-4pm.  There will also be a memorial service to honor RoxAnn on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 4pm at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in RoxAnn’s name to the Gosnell Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME, or the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250 Falmouth, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME.

Palmer StevenScarborough, ME – Steven E. Palmer, 56, of Portland died on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

He was born on November 29, 1956 a son of the late Byron E. Palmer, who died in 1987 and Annie L (Brown) Palmer of Richmond, ME. Steven attended Nathan Clifford Elementary School; followed by Hellen M. King Junior High School. He attended Portland High School until the 10th grade and later went on to earn his GED.

Steven worked in the mail room of the Portland Press Herald along with being employed for Carr Brothers Produce, S. Prower, Cianbro, Williams Brothers Construction, Congdon Transportation – Deering Junction Warehouse and VIP Charter Coach.

He was a member of the Mayflower Society and a former member of the Portland Republican City Committee. As a youth he was active in the Boy Scouts and also served as a poll worker in several elections as well as a Notary Public for the State.

Steve enjoyed talking about politics and current events; he collected old photographs of various construction sites and other memorabilia associated with Bancroft & Martin Steel where his Father worked for over 20 years. He also collected old milk bottles and die cast coin banks. He spent a great amount of time watching political talk shows on the various cable channels and also did extensive research into his family genealogy, tracing his lineage back to William Brewster who traveled on the Mayflower.

Besides his Mother, he is survived by his four Brothers, Byron L. Palmer (and his daughter Melissa), Leroy Palmer, Lester Palmer and Ernest Palmer (and his sons Evan and Elliot and his daughter Allison), as well as several cousins. He is also survived by Tom Wheatley of Bar Harbor, whom Steven enjoyed having lengthy phone conversations with as well as other conversation partners, cousins Pam Spears and Cindy Palmer, and Lillian Allen, the third floor tenant, who also was instrumental in helping with Steven’s care at the end of his struggle with lung cancer.

Relatives and friends are inRichmond Corner Baptist Church combinedvited to attend a memorial service at the Richmond Corner Baptist Church, at the intersection of routes 138 and 197 in Richmond on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. followed by a get together at the home of his brother Ernest Palmer at 475 Brunswick Road in Richmond.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit to sign Steven’s guestbook and leave condolences for

126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesJay, ME – Victor “Skip” Lawrence Small Jr., 57, of Jay, ME passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013, peacefully with his family and loved ones by his side.

Skip was born on October 16, 1955 in Farmington, ME. He attended Mt. Blue High School for his education. He worked for the Tannery in East Wilton, ME, Fosters in East Wilton and Strong, and for the Morning Sentinel as a paper carrier for 16 years.

Skip enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, wood working and their family dog Mic. He loved spending time with his family, and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren and great grandchildren how to fish.

On July 23, 1977, he married the woman of his dreams and the catch of his life Jeanne (Dexter) Small.

Skip is survived by his wife of 36 years Jeanne Small of Jay, his Mother Julia Mae (Thompson) Small of Dryden, ME. His Brothers Ed and wife Sharron of NH, Richard and wife Sheryl of Wilton; Sisters Cynthia Fairley of Dryden, Annette Spevak of Dryden and Linnie Couture and husband Joseph of Jay. He also leaves his Children Vicki Rhodes and husband Steven of Virginia, Betty Hunnicutt and husband Devin of Florida, Ronald “Kenny” Crosby Jr. of Anson, ME Ray Crosby and wife Nancy of Massachusetts, Michael Crosby and wife Michelle of Livermore Falls, ME and Daniel Crosby and Dawn Wing of Wilton. Skip also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and was predeceased by his Father Victor Small and Grandson Caleb.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10 am at Lakeview Cemetery, Route 2 in Wilton, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Skip’s guest book and to send condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with his final expenses would be greatly appreciated:

c/o Jeanne Small

169 Macomber Hill Road

Jay, ME 04239

Preston PaulPaul Gilman Preston, Jr died on September 18, 2013 after a long battle with a rare degenerative brain disease. Gil was born on July 21, 1941 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the son of the late Kathleen McNerny and Paul Gilman Preston, Sr. He spent the first 10 years of his life in rural Princeton, Massachusetts, where he first developed his love of the outdoors. The family then relocated to Darien, Connecticut, where Gil completed his secondary education.

Gil was a gifted athlete who played many sports but excelled in football. He was a multiple all-state selection, led his team to a state championship, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gil eventually left CU to join the US Marines and spent the next 3 years serving in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Upon discharge, he resumed his education earning a BS in Journalism cum laude from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Gil spent most of his career working on project financing and operations. After receiving his MBA, Gil returned to Connecticut, started a family, and worked for General Foods in White Plains, NY. From there he moved to Champion International Corporation in Stamford, CT, where he was in charge of the financing for all major domestic construction projects. He loved getting out of the office and working with the paper mill managers and plant engineers, trying to understand the projects from their perspectives. While at Champion, he met his wife, Anne Victoria Berg, and they were married in West Falmouth, MA in 1984.

In 1987, Gil and family moved to Maine where he switched from large to small company work. He was CFO and oversaw operations for two different wood-powered energy companies – first for Swift River Company, based in Portland, and then for Alternative Energy, Inc, based in Bangor. The final stage of his career was spent helping small companies to develop business plans and obtain financing.

Gil was a man of many talents and interests. He was a master mechanic, a plumber and carpenter, could fix any small machine, repaired furniture, grew legendary vegetable gardens, coached innumerable youth soccer teams, made pies with apples from his own trees, and played a mean game of tennis (using both hands). But most of all, his life revolved around his family. He coached all 5 children in soccer, led hikes up mountains all over Maine and New Hampshire, led the singing on long road trips, used any excuse for family ice cream outings, raced everyone down the mountain on skis, and attended countless matches, games, concerts, plays, and meets.

In addition to his parents, Gil was predeceased by his older brother Joseph Franklin Preston IV. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anne, of North Yarmouth, his children Ian Preston (Nina) of Saratoga Springs, NY, Rebecca Preston Mannion (Steven) of Perth, Australia, Samantha P. Travis (Paul) of Columbia Falls, MT, Amanda E. Preston of Boston, and Alexander B. Preston of North Yarmouth. He is also survived by grandchildren Matthew Preston, Kathleen and Robert Mannion, Neve and Landon Travis, and his younger brother F. Peter Preston of Cos Cob, CT.

A celebration of Gil’s life will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Gil’s guest book and to send condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gil’s memory may be made to:

Coastal Humane Society

190 Pleasant Street

Brunswick, ME 04011

Prentiss SophieScarborough, ME – Sophie L. (Hanscom) Prentiss, 71, of Winslow, ME died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough. She was the wife of the late Morris Prentiss.

She was born in Clinton, ME on November 17, 1941, a daughter of the late Arnold L. & Clara E. (Dodge) Hanscom. Sophie grew up in Clinton, attending local area schools and graduated from Clinton High School. After graduating she served her country by entering the US Army.

She was a member of both the Mother’s Group in Waterville and the Stention Group in Clinton.

She enjoyed gardening, both flowers and vegetables and was very proud of her yard, always out cutting, trimming and landscaping. She also spent time knitting and sewing, she also loved bingo.

She is survived by her three daughters Kimberly Thorpe and her husband Tom of Winslow, Geri Richards and her husband Willie of Vassalboro, and Rose M. Bowdoin and her fiancée Bobby of Old Orchard Beach. She also leaves her nine grandchildren John, Denise, Kim, Julie, John, Jason, Amanda, Samantha and Landen as well as five brothers Darill, Dale, LaForest, Richard and Tilton, two sisters Sherilyn and Lynette and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service, with military honors on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Catholic Cemetery, Cemetery Road in Vassalboro. Following the graveside service folks are invited to American Legion, 86 Main Street in Fairfield from 3 – 6 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. Please visit to sign Sophie’s guest book and to send condolences to the family. 

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