Sanford - Louise Helen (Moulton) Ashton, age 80, of Acton, died peacefully Feb. 16, 2015 at the Pavilion in Sanford.
Louise was born a daughter of the late Carl & Delia (Martell) Moulton on Aug. 31, 1934, Limerick, ME.She attended local schools, met and married Maurice Ashton of Maplewood, ME, raised two daughters in Acton.
Louise was proud to be Maurice’s carpenter helper and a homemaker.They enjoyed dancing, gardening, bird watching, living in FL near Maurice’s family (and her favorite place, Disney World) for several years before moving back to Acton.Louise was very compassionate about serving her family, friends and many others by sending greeting cards, baking and visiting.Her passions were lively music to dance by, soothing romantic music and Talk Radio.Through the numerous tragedies in life, her faith in God sustained her.
Louise was predeceased by her husband, parents, three brothers; Ernest, Richard & Robert Moulton; one sister, Ruth Dumont Lessard.She is survived by two daughters; Susan & husband Mark Hurd of Acton and Brenda & husband Jim Freniere of Danbury, NH; one sister, Amanda Noble of Sanford; two grandchildren, Jason Hurd of Falmouth, ME and Barbara Hurd of Seaside, OR; her dear cousin Charlotte Henderson of Washington, ME, and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff at the SMHC/Pavilion in Sanford, ME and Joy Gilkey for the devoted, loving care they gave Louise.They would also like to thank Life Choice Hospice for their compassionate care.
A celebration of life and graveside service will be announced and held later in the Spring at Highland Cemetery, Limerick, ME.
Auburn, ME – Evelyn Irish, 90, of Bancroft died on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Auburn Hospice House. She was the wife of the late Donald Irish.
Evelyn was born in Kingman, ME on April 19, 1924 a daughter of the late Duncan and Alice (Reed) McKenzie.
She was employed for both Hillcrest Poultry and Supreme Slipper, was an active member of the Wytopitlock Baptist Church and enjoyed playing cards and Bingo.
She is survived by her son John Irish of Wytopitlock, ME and her three daughters, Beverly Irish of Lewiston, Donna Bailey and her husband Paul Bailey of Bancroft and Kay Worster of Kingman, ME. She also leaves 10 grandchildren as well as many great grandchildren. She was also the Mother of the late Ethel Tornberg and Jeanette Chase and as the sister of the late Mary Quimby.
Services will be held in the spring in Wytopitlock.
Scarborough – Gerald “Jerry” Paul Farnsworth, of Westbrook, son of the late Edgar and Evelyn (Platts) Farnsworth, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at age 68, surrounded by his immediate family and many of his friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura Jones Farnsworth and their sons, Adam and Mark Farnsworth, both of Westbrook. Mark and his wife Nichole have two young children, Abigail and James. He also leaves his brother Donald Farnsworth and his wife Barbara of Florida, his niece Nancy Farnsworth and her wife Stacey of Colorado and his nephew David Farnsworth of Florida. He will be fondly remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Reneva Smith of Island Falls.
Jerry left high school to enter the Air Force; there he attended medical tech schools and served his enlistment as a veterinary specialist in a primate lab. He gathered data for the Apollo Project and other government research projects at Wright Patterson AFB.
Jerry achieved 40 years of sobriety through participation in 12 step programs and from the continuity of many friendships that grew from that time in his life. He served as an officer of the Island Falls Fish and Game Club for many years. He enjoyed participation in snowmobile clubs, deep sea fishing tourneys and Island Falls Free Wheelers. He coached successful recreational basketball teams, assisted with Westbrook Little League and Senior League Baseball and enthusiastically supported his boys, neighborhood children and other kids who worked to develop skills in their athletic endeavors from soccer to wrestling.
Jerry planned and built a camp in an out of the way spot in the Maine woods. He rebuilt several houses and enjoyed creating and maintaining landscapes. Most recently he acquired antique snowmobiles and ATV’s to rebuild and restore.
A celebration of life will be held in each of two locations, Westbrook and Island Falls, with details to follow through social media.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or money to your local animal rescue shelter.
PORTLAND, ME - Gerard W. Smith, 81, passed away peacefully on February 21 in Scarborough, ME after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in New Canaan, Connecticut on March 31, 1933, the oldest of 6 sons born to Alice and Gerard Smith.
Gerry married his wife, Patricia Mohun, in 1955, and they remained happily married for nearly 60 years. They began their married life in New Canaan, where they had 6 children. After serving in the US Marine Corps, he worked as a Wall Street stockbroker. In 1972, they moved to Goshen, CT where he opened The Trail, a hunting and fishing store that allowed him to embrace his passion for the outdoors. Following his time as a small business owner, he followed another dream, purchasing land in Cornwall, CT where he turned to raising sheep.
Gerry and Pat generously opened their home, first to Javier Rivera, a participant in the Fresh Air Fund. Javier spent his first summer with the Smiths in 1971, and has been a son and brother ever since. In 1982, the family was forever changed upon the death of Gerry’s beloved brother Stephen, followed closely by the death of Stephen’s widow, Lorna. Gerry and Pat adopted Steve and Lorna’s 3 children, and raised them as their own.
He was a proud lifelong member of the Marshapaug Club, serving a term as its President. During his time in Goshen and Cornwall, CT, he was an active member and one-time President of the Litchfield Country Club, and served as President of the Connecticut Junior Republic, a residential home for troubled boys.
He and Pat spent a decade in Washington State, before moving to Scarborough, Maine. Always active, Gerry volunteered for the Audubon Society and served as a reading tutor for elementary aged children. He remained a dedicated golfer, and a frequent beach comber.
Gerry spent his life with a dog by his side, developing a passion for nature which he shared with his children. He loved hunting, fishing, and especially birding – possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of bird calls, trees, and flowers and plants.
He amassed friends wherever he went, enjoying many life-long friendships. Even in his last months, he charmed staff at both Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. He was a tremendous story teller, a gentle teacher, and a lover of good humor.
Gerry’s legacy is a large and loving family who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, Antony; his children: Susan, Gerry, Catherine, Michael, Geoffrey, Christopher, Sarah, Kristen, and Bryan; his 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his nephew Sebastian; and his honorary son, Javier.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at St. Anthony’s Church in Litchfield, CT on March 1 at 1:30 pm, followed by a reception at the Litchfield Country Club. Burial will happen in the spring at the Headquarters Cemetery in Goshen, CT.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Biddeford, ME – Dennis R. Hayward, 66, of Biddeford, died on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Southern Maine Medical Center.
Dennis was born in Portland, ME on July 18, 1948 a son of the late Raymond & Hazel (Ward) Hayward. He attended local area schools, including Portland High School.
He spent twenty eight years working for Rufus Deering Lumber Co. in Portland before retiring due to illness.
He was a member of the Veterans Alliance and the former Voltigeur Club, both in Biddeford. Dennis also enjoyed deer hunting, especially with his Dad and was obsessed with movies, especially war movies; he also collected coins.
He is survived by a son Stephen Hayward and his wife Kelly of Hollis and two daughters Michelle Demers and her fiancée Vaughn Hanson of Biddeford and Melissa Mattson and her husband James of South Portland. He also leaves eleven grandchildren Kayla and her husband David, Kordell, Isaiah, Kyra, Nick, Corbin, Avery, Alex, James, Joey and Liam as well as a great grandchild Brady, four siblings Jerry Hayward and his wife Pearl of Gorham, Joyce Imoto and her husband Harry of Clarksville, TN, James “Jimmy” Hayward and his wife Bonnie of Raymond and Cindy Stoddard of Omaha, NB and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland followed by a graveside service at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street Portland at approximately 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074