White LucilleWestbrook, ME - Born Lucille Elaine Waters on March 3, 1945 in Polk County Tennessee, passed away on June 8, 2013 at Springbrook Healthcare in Westbrook Maine.

Known most of her life as "Elaine" to her family and friends until moving to the State of Maine, where she has been known as "Lucy."

She married at a young age to William Grant White of Old Fort, Tennessee. Their marriage ended after 22 years, during which time they had one son, Charles Norman White of Chatsworth, Georgia, and one daughter, Lillian Michelle Moore of Windham, Maine.

At the age of 19, she spent three months of her life in a coma after a fatal car accident resulting in the loss of their unborn child of eight months. As the years passed she underwent multiple surgeries and hospitalizations for various reasons. Even though her body was worn out at an early age, her spirit remained strong.

Lucy was a very loving and giving person and never met a stranger. She loved meeting new people and making new friends. She was also an animal lover, cats, dogs, birds, etc. and throughout her life she had several pets who were very special to her. Lucy also was somewhat of an artist and decorating was her specialty. She loved nature, trees, flowers, plants, rain, and the white, fluffy snow of Maine winters. But what she loved most was her family.

Unfortunately, the thing that she loved most, she lost. Lucy suffered from a mental disorder known as Bipolar. Up until 18 months ago she had been diagnosed with having an anxiety disorder and some depression. And because her mental disorder went undiagnosed and untreated, little by little over the years it gradually took its toll on her as well as the people she loved. During the last four years her mental illness took her on a never ending roller coaster ride from apartments, to hospitals, to homeless shelters, to hotels until her suicidal statements wound her up in a psychiatric hospital in Chattanooga. Eventually, her family and friends came to the conclusion that "she has always been that way" or "she is just playing another game." For years her family and friends tried to help her but no matter what they did, it was never enough. When Lucy moved to Maine, she made dozens of friends; you couldn't help but fall in love with Lucy as she was full of life and charm. But, as quickly as she made friends she lost them because of her uncontrolled mental illness.

To all those whose lives Lucy touched please know that buried deep inside her was a kind, caring, loving, giving soul trying to reach out.

A memorial service will be held in the hearts and memories of those who loved her and her ashes will be scattered on the coast of Maine at one of her favorite locations.

 

Lewiston- Patrick Raymond McLaughlin, of Lewiston, passed away on June 7th at Russell Park Rehabilitation and Living Center. He was born on March 22nd, 1936 in Hermon Maine. He attended elementary school in Newburgh Maine and graduated from Hampden Academy.

He worked for many different construction companies, including Wyman and Simpson and Nickerson -O’Day. Patrick was a very generous person, donating what he could to numerous charities despite having a limited income.

Patrick is survived by two of his 10 siblings, a brother and a sister. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be no memorial service. Those wishing to honor Patrick may send memorial donations in Patrick’s name to a charity of your choosing. His family would like to thank Russell Park staff and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for making Patrick’s final months comfortable and peaceful.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Patrick’s guestbook.

Little Jamie obit100Scarborough, ME – Jamie R. Little, 54, of Gorham, passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Tuesday May 28, 2013 after struggling with cancer for the past two years. He was the beloved companion for 27 years of Theresa Rideout.

Jamie was born in Los Angeles, CA on February 15, 1960 a son of the late William A. Little, who died in January 1989 and Donna (Lawson) Shackley of South Portland. He graduated from Bonny Eagle High School as a member of the class of 1979.

Jamie was employed as a welder for McGuire and Jones Construction for many years.

Jamie was a huge Patriots fan and was lucky enough to attend a game last season, with his good friend Nicholi, against the New York Jets in which the Patriots, wearing their throwback uniforms, beat the Jets in dramatic fashion in overtime.

Jamie also was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and canoeing, especially with his son Jamie and grandson Lucas.

Besides his mother Donna and his companion Theresa, he is survived by his son Jamie Little of Gorham, daughters Lindsay Little of Gorham, Jessica Palmer of Scarborough and Jennifer Palmer of Gorham. He also leaves his grandson Lucas Little, two sisters Kathy Emerson and Debra Rickett both of South Portland, three brothers Donald W. Little of South Portland, Lincoln A. Little and Shawn P. Little both of Old Orchard Beach and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend many thanks to the doctors, nurses and social services at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their kindness and compassion.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jamie’s guestbook.

Dervis KimberlyPortland, ME -- Kimberly A Dervis, mother, student and longtime Peaks Island resident, passed away May 30st, 2013 of leukemia at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. She was 35.

The daughter of Jennifer J. Dervis of Old Orchard Beach and Paul Dervis of Ottawa Canada.

She is survived by her two adorable children, Dianne, 13, and Tyler, 5. In addition, Kimberly is missed deeply by fiancé Michael Douglas, sister, Esme, grandfather Donald Dervis of Brookline, Ma, uncles Peter Dervis of Boston, Scott Herman and Brian Minnihan of California, auntie and beloved God Mother Anne Stamas, auntie Prudence Minnihan of California, and cousins Angela and Brydon Stanley, South Portland, Bergen Minnihan, NYC, and Alexandra Ilstad-Minnihan, California.        

Born and raised in Boston, Kimberly attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and remained in Boston to earn her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University in 2004. A young activist, Kim was the youngest volunteer ever to work on the Boston Area Rape Crisis hotling. While at Suffolk University she interned at Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Opportunities to sit in meetings with politicians, and help organize fundraisers propelled Kim’s enthusiasm for the nonprofit sector.   Since then, she was a devoted volunteer and enrolled in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Southern Maine. As Volunteer Coordinator on “Maine Won’t Discriminate” she witnessed the intensity and chaos of a campaign and the need for quick interaction and utilization of volunteers with different backgrounds.  

After graduating from Suffolk University Kim moved to Peaks Island, Maine where she and her children lived until the summer of 2011 when Kim was diagnosed with leukemia. Kim and her family moved to Old Orchard in September of 2011 where she underwent treatment with Dr. Marjorie Boyd at Maine Medical Center. Kim trusted and loved Dr. Boyd and according to the doctor the feeling was mutual. Kim worked hard to fight the disease, never complaining only pushing to be there for those who loved her. At Thanksgiving, although sick from treatments, Kim put on her high heels (she was an avid lover of shoes) and attended the family meal in Kennebunkport. Kim was visited by most of her loved ones and friends during the last two years, many within days of Kim’s passing. Kimberly will be truly missed by all.    

Kim was and is an inspiration; a celebration of her life will be held Friday from 11am to 2pm on Peaks Island at the Inn at Peaks Island.  

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Kimberly’s guestbook.

Kim’s family asked that donations be made to:

The American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island  

Topsham, ME 04086

Yammoto Yoshihide 477Scarborough, ME – Yoshihide “Yama” Yamamoto, 57, of South Portland died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a hard fought battle with numerous cancers. He was the husband of Shizue (Yamaguchi) Yamamoto. He was a man who, no matter how much pain he was in, also had a smile on his face.

Yoshi was born on January 31, 1956 in Japan, one of seven children of the late Saburo & Kito Yamamoto. After finishing school in Japan he moved to the United States in the mid 1970’s. His travels brought him to Montana, Nebraska and California, where he met his future wife in 1982, before ending up in Maine in 1984.

Yama worked as a sushi chef for Sapporo’s on Commercial Street in the Old Port for some time and also exported Sea Urchins back to his homeland of Japan.

He was also an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, watching as many games as he could.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Monday, June 10, 2013 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Yoshi’s guestbook.

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

American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island  

Topsham, ME 04086

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