Vanessa Jordan, 19
Vanessa Mary Jordan, 19, of Windham, died unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a car accident on July 12, 2004.
She was born on September 22, 1984 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She attended Poland High School and enrolled in the University of Maine. She was currently a student at Central Maine Community College. She was also an assistant manager of Dominoes in Windham. Vanessa was a bright, happy, energetic, young woman who loved life to the fullest. She modeled for L.L. Bean as a young girl and enjoyed softball, skiing, water skiing, sailing and snowmobiling. Vanessa loved spending time with her friends and had a deep passion for music. Most of all, she made everyone around her smile. Vanessa was a positive inspiration to everyone she met, and will be in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her parents, Wayne Jordan, of Gray, Karen Jordan, of Windham, a brother, Brian Jordan of Westbrook, Grandmother Jane Jordan of Raymond and a grandfather, Richard McKenzie of Portland. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visiting hours were last Friday at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday at St Joseph's Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland. Father Don Bosco Duquette was the Celebrant. Committal will be in Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Spurwink Avenue, Cape Elizabeth.
Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.
In our hearts-we will never forget our baby Vanessa.
Kenneth Morey, psychic, Pennell grad
Kenneth Leon Morey, 73, died Wednesday June 30, 2004.
Mr. Morey was a noted local Psychic and a 1949 graduate of Pennell Institute. He was an active member of the Pennell Alumni Association. He is survived by longtime companion Edith Dudley, of Portland; one daughter, Kathleen Morey, of Windham; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Pennell Alumni Association, 59 Skilling Road, Gray, Maine 04039.
Arrangements were by the Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.
Lawrence A. Anderson, Jr.
Lawrence A. Anderson, Jr., 52, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of East Stoneham, Maine, died Saturday, July 24, at Desert Springs Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Lewiston, Maine, on May 16, 1952 the son of the late Lawrence A. Anderson, Sr. and Arlene (Chaplin) Anderson. He was a graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School, class of 1971, and attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland from 1975 till 1978. He served in the U.S. Navy from March of 1980 to November of 1987. While in the service he was data processing technician supervisor on the U.S.S. Prairie and later was a Operations Run Coordinator at Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center in Monterey, California.
After leaving the Navy he worked in Boston, MA, at Camp Dresser and McKee as a computer operator. He had been employed at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas since 1990.
He is survived by brothers Clyde Anderson, of Palm Bay, Florida, Stanley Anderson, of Falmouth, Maine, Gary Anderson, of Albany, N.Y., Gregory Anderson, of Lewiston, Maine, and Jeffery Anderson, of Otisfield, Maine.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 7 at 1:00 P.M. at Hillside Cemetery in Stoneham. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements under the direction of Weston-Chandler Funeral Home 230 Main Street, Norway.
Charlotte Erva Gardner, nee Davis, 86, died August 1.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of George P. and Erva England Powles Davis, she attended schools on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Hofstra University. Charlotte married George "Tim" Gardner, who died early in the marriage. She then married F.R. Linsenmeir.
Charlotte spent summers in Maine with her parents on a camp on Crystal Lake since she was a child. The early childhood swimming experiences created a foundation for her to become one of the beautiful young ladies who performed synchronized swimming at the Aquatic Center at Jones Beach on Long Island.
Upon graduating from Hofstra University, while living on Long Island, she owned and operated George B. Gardner & Sons Memorials and a sandblasting company which did a lot of work for Grumman Air Craft. She belonged to the Garden City Country club.
In 1975, she moved to Maine to retire an became and active member of her childhood community. She served on several town committees, including the Gray Water District. She volunteered at the Gray Animal Farm, and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, Maine State Parade, First Congregational Church of Gray, and the Hofstra Alumni Association. Charlotte was an avid bridge player, golfer and bowler, and was an Eagle Scout. Charlotte's love and passion was her flowers and gardens.
She is survived by her beloved children, Tim Gardner II and his wife Lisa, of Mission Viejo, CA, and Erva Louise England Linsenmeir Gardner, of Gray; three grandchildren, Britt Marie Gardner, Timothy Ryan Gardner and Jayme Lynn Gardner, and great-grandson Dylan Ryan Gardner, all of Mission Viejo.
Graveside services were held on Friday in Gray Village Cemetery. Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray.
In her memory, memorial donations may be made to Gray Fire-Rescue, 125 Shaker Road, Gray, Maine 04039.
William David Kennedy III, 59, of Liberty Avenue, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening at 7:30 P.M., July 28, 2004, after a brief illness.
He was born December 24, 1944, in Rochester, NY, a son of William David Kennedy, Jr., and Lorraine Smith.
Bill was a member of Windham Assembly of God Church.
He worked at the Southworth Machine Co. for 14 years, before owning and operating his own scrap metal business for the past ten years.
On October 28, 1983, he married Patricia Meserve.
He was a devoted, loving husband and father. One of his favorite things to do was to go camping with his family.
He was predeceased by his wife's daughter, Sherry, and his mother, Lorraine.
Bill is survived by his wife, of Gray; nine children, Juanita Dube, of Maine, Adam, of South Portland, Jessica Fields, of Brunswick, Marie, of Gorham, Jamie, Nick, Billi-Jo, Garrett and Joey, all living at home; three stepchildren, Mary Kay Sanborn, of Windham, Barbara Dioniso, of Windham, and Kenny Meserve, of North Carolina; and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by his father; three sisters and their families, Judy and David Cousins, of Lewiston, their son and daughter, Glen Sutton, of New York, and Deborah Kennedy, of Gray, as well as many close friends.
A funeral service was held at Dolby Funeral Chapel, Windham, last Sunday. Private burial will be in Gray Village Cemetery.
Orin Whitney, 88
Orin Colley Whitney, 88, of 198 Gray Rd., Gray, passed away at his home on July 28, 2004, where he was born July 11, 1916, a son of Fred and Reina (Colley) Whitney. He grew up in Gray and lived in the same house all his life. He graduated from Pennell Institute in 1934.
He was a poultry farmer at his residence for over 50 years and a postal carrier until his retirement in 1982. He served on various boards for the Town of Gray. He was a member of the Cumberland County Soils Conservation Board, the Farm Bureau, I.O.O.F. &. Rebecca Lodges for 65 years, a Grange member for over 25 years and he had belonged to the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth since 1968.
Orin loved square dancing and traveling in his retirement.
He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Reina Whitney, and a great-granddaughter, Cassondra Leigh Sullivan.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna Hawkes Whitney; sister Elizabeth Megquier of Freeport; sons Donald and Fred of Gray; and daughter Aubine Dingwell of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was be held on Tuesday at the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth; Reverend Erik Wikstrom officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gray Historical Society, P.O. Box 544 , Gray, ME 04039 or The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, 97 Main Street, Yarmouth.
Retha A. "Grammie" Dunn dies
Retha A. Dunn, one of Gray's most beloved residents, died August 6, 2004, at Ledgewood Manor. She was 95.
Born in Kingfield, Maine, on May 9, 1909, she was the daughter of Fred and Annie Rose Morris. She was raised by foster parents Elmer and Gertrude Flagg, and was educated in Buckfield Schools. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Gray.
She and her husband Archie were foster parents for many children, She was a foster grandmother for 31 years, volunteering at Pineland and then at Russell School in Gray. She was honored to have been on Bill Green's Maine TV show. She was a loving, caring person known to hundreds of schoolchildren as "Grammie Dunn".
MSAD 15 Superintendent Vicky Burns mourned the loss of a "wonderful friend" of the schools, and Russell School Principal Ellen Beale called "Grammie" the "essence of compassion and caring".
She was predeceased by her husband, Archie; a son, Burchard Dunn; a daughter, Priscilla Dunn Thomas; sons-in-law Donavan Thomas and John Bryant, Sr. She is survived by a son, Lloyd Dunn, and his wife Jean; a daughter, Patricia Bryant; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Dunn; all are residents of Gray. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and three foster daughters, Carol Orozco, of Arizona, and Linda Davis and Sandra McCann, of Maine.
Visitation was held on Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home, Gray. A funeral was held on Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Gray. Committal will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn.
Memorial donations may be made to Gray Fire & Rescue, 125 Shaker Road, Gray, ME 04039 or Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock Street, Gray, ME. 04039, where the funds will be used to purchase children's books in memory of "Grammie Dunn".