Lewiston, ME --Betty Lavena Tyler,64, of Auburn, died on April 18, 2015 in the arms of her family and her Jesus. Betty was born the daughter of D.S. Weaver and G. Marie Kellar on January 27, 1951, in Kokomo, Indiana.

Betty thoroughly enjoyed her family and helping others. She loved the Lord above all others and shared her faith and blessed hope of salvation with everyone she met. Betty, in her spare time, loved to read and spend time with her family. 

In 1973, Betty married the love of her life, M. Alfred Tyler Jr. at the Kokomo Seventh-day Adventist church. They celebrated their life together for thirty-seven years until Al passed on December 7, 2010. In addition to raising their four children, she also helped Al run their trucking company. 

Betty was known to all as Mom or Nana. Everyone was like family. Betty greeted everyone with her signature big hug and a kiss; like you were one of her own children. 

Betty learned she wanted to be a missionary at a young age, but due to starting a family with her husband Al, she wasn't able to pursue that dream until near the end of her life. She felt there was no better place to be a missionary than in her own community. 

Betty was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Auburn Maine and an extremely active volunteer, including the food pantry and Sabbath School. She also volunteered regularly at the community center where she lived, particularly the Boys & Girls Club who came each Wednesday afternoon.

Betty is survived by her sister, Mary Wyatt of Florida, her brother John Weaver of Tennessee. Children: Daniel Tyler, and wife Rina, of Alexandria, Virginia; Susan LeBlond, and husband Brian, of Lewiston; Lynnette Tyler of Oakland: and Amy Tyler of Auburn. Grandchildren: Felicia, Zack, Becky, Kyle, Brei, Lily, David, Morgan and Adan. Great grandchildren: Tory, Chloe, and Elijah. She also had thirteen nieces, six nephews, other relatives and close friends.

A memorial service to commemorate Betty’s life will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 63 Pownal Road in Freeport, ME. A dinner is being provided immediately following the service for all attendees.

For those wanting to send flowers and cards please send in Betty's name to 87 Louise Ave. Auburn, Maine 04210.

Portland, ME -- Jacquelyn Merrithew Holmes Foltz, 73, of Portland, ME passed peacefully on April 20, 2015 surrounded by her family. 

She worked many jobs but enjoyed most the food service field at the Holiday Inn Express. Jacquelyn enjoyed warm days at Kiwanis Beach, playing cards, crafting and holidays with her family.  She was a jokester and enjoyed making people laugh and smile. 

She is survived by three daughters Cyndi Douglass and her husband Wayne of Hiram, Jamie DeAngelis of Standish and Nancy Holmes of Buxton; two sons George Holmes and his wife Mary of Auburn, Scott Holmes and his Fiancé Tammy Fisher of Sabattus; fourteen grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.  She also leaves her siblings Patricia Bird, Carole Dorr, Linda McKee, and Judy Hall. She is predeceased by her daughter Denise Amadon and siblings Sharon Johnson, Donna Merrithew and Michael Merrithew. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portland Eagles, 184 St. John Street, Portland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

American Diabetes Association

45 Forest Ave


Portland, ME 04101

South Portland, ME – Edith Marie (Jordan) Shirrell, 88, of South Portland, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Ray A. Shirrell, who died on Sept 21, 2013. 

Marie was born in Portland, ME on November 22, 1926 a daughter of the late Arthur M. & Edith A. (Cooper) Jordan.  She grew up in Portland, attending local area schools including Portland High School.  Marie worked at the A & P Bakery Dept. in her younger years. 

She met her future husband Ray, on New Year’s Eve in 1947 while Ray’s Navy ship was anchored in the Casco Bay; the two were married in September of 1948 and celebrated their 65th Anniversary in 2013. 

Marie Volunteered her time supporting the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes.  She was an avid sports fan and never could miss watching a Red Sox game.  She also loved cooking and baking and was a caring and thoughtful Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  In her later years Marie and Ray would enjoy winters in their home in Winter Haven, FL, where they would watch the Red Sox during spring training. 

Marie is survived by her son Frederick R. Shirrell and his wife Beverley of Portland and her three daughters Lorene M. Yates and her husband Stephen of Buxton, Diane E. Gadbois and her husband George of South Portland and Pamela J. Nappi and her husband Peter of South Portland.  She also leaves thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren as well as her Sister M. Dorothy Odlin, her Brother Richard E. Jordan and several nieces and nephews.  She was also the Mother of the late Andrea J. Shirrell, who passed in 1949, the Grandmother of the late Jeffrey G. Gadbois, who passed in 1976 and Joseph G. Gadbois, who passed in 1981, as well as a Sister of the late Arthur W. Jordan, Thomas F. Jordan, Frederick C. Jordan, Louis R. Jordan and George A. Jordan. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire VNA Hospice staff, especially Kara and Shelly.  Your care and support will never be forgotten. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME.  A Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 in the Wilde Memorial Chapel. 

Burial in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland will follow.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:

VNA Hospice

50 Foden Road

South Portland, ME 04106


American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island

Topsham, ME 04086




Scarborough- Pavlina A. Gogova, 92, of Gorham, passed away April 11th, 2015 at 2:16 am at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, in Scarborough, with her family by her side.

Pavlina was born a daughter of the late Vasilka Stankova and Asparuh Gogov on May 27th, 1922 in Montana, Bulgaria.She attended local Montana schools until graduating from high school in 1940.She also married in 1947 to Ivan Daskalov in Bulgaria. 

During WWII, she worked in the capital city of Sofia Bulgaria as an accountant with the Ministry of Agriculture.When Totka was born, she stayed at home taking care of her, and after a few years, Vaska as well.As her grandchildren and great grandchildren were born, she helped raise them as well.She was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.Her family came above everything else.

Pavlina loved to do anything creative with her hands.She crocheted, knitted, sewed, and was extremely talented at making clothes, from prom dresses, to casual clothing.She was an amazing artist enjoyed drawing and painting.There was nothing that she could not do..

She is survived by her two children, Totka Atanasov, of South Portland, and Vaska Krasteva of Sofia Bulgaria; her grandchildren, Issidore Mintchev, of Savannah Georgia, Danail and wife Jennifer Minchev of Gorham, Pavlina Petkova - Charbel, of Las Vegas Nevada, Iliyan Petkov of Sofia Bulgaria, and Margarita Krasteva of Sofia Bulgaria; her great grandchildren, Christo Mintchev of San Francisco, CA, Alexander Mintchev of Atlanta, GA, Gerar and Venessa Charbel of Las Vegas, NV, and Sophia and Samuel Minchev of Gorham. 

There will be a funeral services at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, on Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made in Pavlina’s name to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Lewiston, ME – Virginia Ann Smith, 46, of Lewiston died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at her home. 

She was born on May 30, 1968 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH a daughter of Michael and Betty (Flanders) Smith of Northwood, NH.  Virginia graduated from Brunswick High School in 1987 and also from Mid-State College in 1998 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. 

She worked for many years at Medical Rehabilitation Associates as well as, more recently, working at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics and W.D. Matthews. 

Virginia enjoyed quilting, knitting and scrapbooking as well as gardening and yard work of all kinds.  She was a loving and giving friend to many and dearly loved music, NASCAR racing and the Christmas Season. 

Besides her parents, she is survived by her son Michael Foss of Lewiston, her sister Leslie Watts and her husband Chris and their children Eamon, her nephew and Helena, her niece.  She also leaves an aunt, uncle, cousins and many friends who felt and will miss her warmth and caring. 

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date for family and close friends. 

In lieu of flowers donation in her memory can be made to:

Coastal Humane Society

30 Range Road Brunswick, ME 04011


Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

55 Strawberry Ave.


Lewiston, ME 04240

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