Lynwood E. "Peewee" Merrithew, 81, of Mt. Hunger Shore Road, Gray, died on July 14 at a nursing home in Portland.
Mr. Merrithew was born in Houlton, a son of Angus and Edna Grant Merrithew.
He was manager of Leen's Electric, of Portland, for 30 years, and later was industrial sales manager for Rockingham Electric. He was an Army veteran of World War II; he won the Bronze Star and five battle stars.
His wife, Jeanne A. Bedard Merrithew, died in 1994. He is survived by a son, Kenneth, of Nashua, NH; two daughters, Karin Snyder, of Denver, and Kim Aldrich, of Lyman; a brother, Frederic, of West Palm Beach, FL; a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Lebeque, of Portsmouth, NH; and one grandchild.
Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Esther Dorr, 95
Esther Louise Dorr, 95, died February 22 after a long illness.
She was born in Somerville, MA, a daughter of Michael and Eleanor McCarron Donovan. She attended parochial schools in Dorchester, MA. She moved to Maine in 1929 and, with her husband Kenneth Dorr, raised 11 children.
She was predeceased by a son, Charles Dorr, in 1969.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Col. Kenneth R. Dorr, of Cumberland; six sons, Michael Dorr, of Gray, Kenneth Dorr, of Hawaii, James Dorr, of Windham, Rev. Robert Dorr, of Waldoboro, John Dorr, of Yarmouth, MA, and William Dorr, of San Diego, CA; four daughters, Esther Safford, of Cumberland, Mary Chipman, of Poland Springs, Joan Brown, of Cumberland, and Donor Dorr, of Standish; 31 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Barbara Bush Children's Unit, c/o Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102.
Interment will be in the spring in Mossside Cemetery, Cumberland.
Arthur Harmon, 90
Arthur B. Harmon, 90, formerly of Lawrence Road, Gray, died February 24 at a Windham health-care facility.
Mr. Harmon was born in Windham, a son of Orland and Esther Hall Harmon, and attended schools in Gray, graduating from Pennell Institute.
After graduating, Mr. Harmon started his career as a carpenter. He worked in the trade all his life, mostly self-employed in construction and remodeling.
As a young man, he worked for many area dairies and chicken farms; during World War II, he worked on Liberty ships as a welder at the South Portland Shipyard.
He lived in Gray most of his life. His interests included genealogy, gardening, hunting, hiking and reading.
His wife, Bernice E. Nason Harmon, died in 1996. A son, Lester, died in 1992, and a daughter, Carlene, died in 1937.
He is survived by two sons, Paul C. Harmon and his wife Bette, of Gray, and Damon E. Harmon and his wife Elizabeth, of Cumberland; a brother, Marvin Hannon, of Gray; a sister, Jeannette Abbott, of Wolfsboro, NH; a granddaughter, Lori Chason, of Windham; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. Douglas Hedstrom officiated at a funeral service last Wednesday; burial will be in Gray Village Cemetery in spring.
Eileen F. Mongeau
Eileen F. Mongeau, age 81, a longtime resident of Gray, passed from this life February 18, 2002, in The Woodlands, Texas.
She was preceded in death by husband, Gordon K. Mongeau, and three sons, Clinton "Rick" Mongeau, Kenneth F. Mongeau and Timothy P. Mongeau.
Eileen is survived by two sons, Kerry P. and wife Gloria Mongeau, of Houston, Texas, and Thomas G. and wife Michelle Mongeau, of League City, Texas; four daughters:\, Mona and husband Owen Merrill, of Houston, Texas, Sandra Vranticitis, of Florida, Gloria and husband Robert Westgate, of Maine, and Julie Mongeau of Toronto, Canada; a sister Marion and husband John Chrocan, of El Paso, Texas; 27 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at Antioch Cemetery, Lovelady, TX.
Ruby Eliza Rand, 95, formerly of Gray, died Saturday, March 9.
She was born in Perth, New Brunswick, Canada, the oldest daughter of Herbert and Margaret (Hanscom) Hanson. She became a citizen in 1976.
In 1928, she married Stanwood Rand; he died in 1970.
She is survived by two sons, Harry and his wife Donna, of Gray, and Richard and his wife Mona, of Lewiston; a brother, Norman Hanson, of West Peru; a daughter, Sylvia Plossay and her husband Edward, of Lewiston; a daughter-in-law, Alene Rand, of Purcellville, VA; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Allison; five sisters, Pearl, Dolly, Velma, Mildred and Bernice; and three brothers, Wallace, William and Clinton.
Robert Liberty, 85
Robert O. Liberty, 85, of Gray, died last Monday at his Dry Mills home.
He was active in the Gray Kiwanis Club and American Legion Post #86, and he had been a selectman for the Town of Gray.
Mr. Liberty was an owner of Fred S. Liberty & Son, Inc., a water-struck brick manufacturing company in North Yarmouth.
Formerly a Registered Maine Guide, he enjoyed flyfishing and hunting, and he had been a pitcher for a semiprofessional baseball team in Lewiston-Auburn.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Rae (Prince) Liberty; his daughter, Marilyn Gorneau, of Wiscasset; two sons, Richard A., of Gray, and Stanley R., of Mapleton, IL; four sisters, Celia Austin, of Gray, Irene Brown, of Cumberland, Lillian Robinson, of Harpswell, and Ida Cheney, of Freeport; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 A.M. at St. Gregory's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Gray Village Cemetery. At his request, there will be no public visitation. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gray Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 258, Gray ME 04039.
Kathleen Hope Liberty, 54, of Cumberland, daughter of the late Carl and Hilda Burrows, died at Maine Medical Center after her short, but courageous battle against cancer.
Kathy, a lifelong resident of North Yarmouth and Cumberland, graduated from Greely High School, and 35 years ago married her high school sweetheart, Dick Liberty, also a lifelong Cumberland resident. She worked at MSAD 51 in food service. She looked forward to going to work every day to be with her friends..
Kathy was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, nana, sister and auntie. One of her favorite pastimes was writing poetry for all family occasions. Her great cooking was sought after by everyone, especially her famous chocolate chip cookies. Cookouts on Sunday afternoons at Kathy's were memorable family times.
Kathy found peace and joy at the ocean. A day of waves, sand and children filled her with satisfaction. Kathy's loving spirit and nurturing soul made her an extraordinary person.
Kathy was predeceased by sisters Sylvia and Ruth Burrows and brother Dan Burrows.
Kathy will forever be in the hearts of her husband Dick; her three daughters, Andrea Liberty, of Falmouth, Alison Liberty, of Cumberland, and Lindsey Liberty, of Cumberland; her grandchildren, Anthony Liberty, Carl J. Fulda, and Michelle Liberty; her siblings Elizabeth Bendixon and Joyce Perry, both of Gray, Gerald Burrows, Dottie Cormier, and Paula Slipp, of Cumberland, Robert Burrows, of Sanford, Phyllis Courbron, of West Newfield, Bill Burrows, of West Kennebunk, Dora Figur and Anita Wiers, of Durham and Larry Jewett, of Standish; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary Liberty and Brenda Liberty; 33 nieces and nephews, 32 great-nieces and -nephews and 1 great-grand-niece. She will be deeply missed by them all.
The family extends their deepest gratitude for the care Kathy received during her illness from her loving niece, Becky Bendixon, and the staff at Maine Medical Center.
Visiting time was held at The Bible Believing Baptist Church, 92 Center Road, Gray, Thursday, immediately followed by a funeral service. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill at a later date. Pastor Darwin Vail of the Bible Believing Baptist Church will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Cancer Foundation, P. O. Box 553 Portland, Maine 04112 Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.