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Hobbs Funeral Home
South Portland, Maine
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Elizabeth A. Hobbs
South Portland, Maine
Hobbs Funeral Home
Phone: (207) 883-5599
May 24, 1926 - August 29, 2014
Patricia M. Cahill, age 88 of Rocky Hill Rd. in Cape Elizabeth passed away on Friday, August 29th at Seaside Nursing Home. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William and Marie Achen Waring. Patricia grew up in Dubuque where she graduated from St. Joseph Academy and Clarke College, majoring in food and nutrition. She went on to become a dietitian and interned at the U.S.P.H. Hospital on Staten Island, NY. During the Korean War she was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. She also worked as a dietitian at Massachusetts Womens Hospital in Boston. For many years she was a member of the American Dietetic Association.
She married Walter P. Cahill, Jr. in 1952 and was a homemaker, dedicated to raising her two sons. The family moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine in 1965. She was a communicant of St. Bartholomew parish and active in the churchs Womens Club. She enjoyed collecting antiques and browsing garage sales. Her blueberry cake and chocolate chip cookies were legendary.
She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2002, her brother James Waring and sister Joanne Martin. She is survived by her two sons, Michael and his wife Jane of South Portland and Walter and his wife Jennifer of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Rebecca Terry of Needham, MA, Katherine Palman and her husband John of South Portland, Samuel Cahill of Boston MA, Timothy Cahill of San Francisco, CA and Connor Cahill of Seattle, WA ; three great grandchildren Jack Taylor, Maggie and Ben Terry. She also leaves a sister Kay Faley of Placentia, California as well as many nieces and nephews.
Per Patricias request all funeral services and burial at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth will be private. Arrangements made by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME. Condolences may be shared online at: www.hobbsfuneralhome.com
The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Seaside Nursing Home for the care extended to Patricia during the last three years.
Those desiring may make a donation in her memory to the South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., South Portland, ME 04106
October 10, 1917 - August 26, 2014
Elizabeth grew up in South Windham, ME the oldest of 5 children, with 4 brothers. They spent summers on Little Sebago Lake and were avid skiers in the winter. The family was often known as the Skiing Soules. She also enjoyed time with her grandparents George and Elizabeth Morton at their home in South Paris, overlooking the family business, the Paris Manufacturing Company. Elizabeth told stories of skiing Tuckermans Ravine on Mt Washington and special visits to the lumber camps owned by her grandfather.
Elizabeth went to school at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME graduating in 1937. She attended Stoneleigh College in Rye NH and later transferred to Westbrook Junior College where she graduated in 1937 as a medical secretary. She worked at the Maine General Hospital as a Medical Records Librarian, responsible for taking notes during surgeries and autopsies and transcribing Doctors notes.
On December 4, 1940, Elizabeth married her husband, Roger Curtis Peterson. They lived in Portland and summered in Cape Elizabeth. In 1958 they moved to their summer home in Hannaford Cove which had been enlarged and wintered by the talent hands of Roger. Elizabeth and Roger raised their four children to grow into strong individuals, to share again their parents wisdom and love of life.
Elizabeth served as a President of the Board of Directors at the YWCA in Portland. In past years she was an active member of Woodfords Congregational Church in KDs, as Chairman of the Music Committee, Grant Fund Committee, working with Roger on the Music Room.
The Portland Museum of Art Gift Shop was fortunate to have the enthusiasm of Elizabeth and her dear friend, Elizabeth Betty Hobbs as volunteers. She became a Board Member of the Museum Guild and Special Projects Comm. and was instrumental in the presentation of the museums Copper Beech Tree on numerous media, including cup plates by Pierpont Glass.
The Maine Maritime Museum and its growth were important to her husband Roger, where he was a Trustee. A lifetime Member, she worked alongside family and friends for the installation of a special memorial flagpole in Rogers name as well as the opening of the Peterson Gallery in the forefront of the MMM. This honors Roger and his brothers Murray and Roland Peterson and their contribution to the seagoing heritage of Maine
After moving to Cape Elizabeth, she continued her love for the sea, art, calligraphy, music, travel, gardening and her cats. Elizabeth traveled to many parts of the US, Canada, Italy, England and Ireland, but enjoyed most her picnics and adventures with Roger and their children. She was active in the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club serving on the board and president, working on the gardens at Portland Head Light. Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Memorial Library and the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society, spending many hours working on their archives. One of her lasting accomplishments was being a co-author of the book Cape Elizabeth - Past to Present, now in its 2nd printing.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Louis A. Sandy Peterson and wife Ann Marie of Biddeford, Thomas A Peterson, Westminster CO, Stephen Peterson of Cape Elizabeth and Anne Peterson Angelastro and husband Leonard of Franklin, CT, along with grandchildren & great grandchildren, Erik(son Erik Jr.) and wife Beth Peterson, Thor Peterson, Anne Peterson Kneale and husband Andrew(children Landon and Addison) and many special cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Roger, parents and 4 brothers, Albert, Dennis, Walter and Lester Soule.
Visiting hours will be 5-8 p.m., Thursday, September 4 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, September 5 at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of Flowers donations may be made in her name to the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society, Cape Elizabeth or the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.
July 25, 1962 - August 25, 2014
She was born July 25, 1962 in Chattanooga, TN, daughter of Janice Rand of Bartlett, NH. Kerrilyn graduated from Massabesic HS, Waterboro, ME in 1980 where her academic achievement enabled her to graduate early. She excelled at field hockey and making lifelong friends. Kerrilyn also enjoyed and succeeded in post-high school classes in math and physics at SMCC.
She married Peter E. Welch of Rutland, VT on May 25, 1985 and committed herself as his devoted partner, loving wife, soul-mate, and best friend throughout their marriage.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by the rest of the Super 8, two sons, Nicholas Joseph Welch and Anthony Daniel Welch, and a daughter, Samantha Viola Welch. She and her children are supported by their respective partners Lauren Deeley, Paige Pendarvis, and Kyle Koetsier, Samanthas fiancé.
Kerrilyn is survived by her mother, Janice Rand; siblings, Richard A. Reed and wife Vicky; Ronald W. Reed and wife Sue; Laurianne Rand; Andrew L. Reed and wife Janis; Jana L. Reed; Judilee Reed and husband Brian; and sisterly cousin Sandra (Smith) Gosline and husband Jeff. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, and other loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her brother James C. Reed, her sister Merribeth Gaudet, and her brother-in-law Christopher J. Gaudet.
A palpably devoted mother, Kerrilyn spent her life raising and loving her children, and committed to her role as Home Manager. She had a passion for nature, gardening, and sustainability, using eco-friendly practices even back before green was cool. She nurtured her creative side by designing and selling hardscapes and jewelry with glass and reclaimed items from the area, creating beauty from unlikely sources. During her childrens years in the Cape Elizabeth School District she was an active community member, and volunteered for the Family Boosters of Cape Athletics. Kerrilyn delighted in Beatles music, gospel songs, confidently tackling home improvement projects, family camping trips, home cooking, and crosswords. She was too humble to admit that she truly had the ability to light up the room with her contagious smile, welcoming spirit, unfiltered humor, and silver hair. She will be missed by those who came to deeply love her.
Kerrilyns spirit will be forever present in gardens, sunflower patches, the Maine coast, and her dear dragonflies. Within a year the family will be fulfilling Kerrilyns wishes to travel to the Grand Canyon, to ensure that a part of her will always be able to enjoy its powerful beauty.
The family extends its deep gratitude to the many friends and family members who have provided such remarkable support. Additionally, they wish to thank the angels of Verde Valley Medical Center and the Cottonwood community for their very special care and generosity throughout.
The visiting hours will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, August 31st at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland, ME. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, September 1st at The First Congregational Church at 301 Cottage Road in South Portland. There will be a celebration of life following the service.
In memory of Kerrilyn, a contribution may be made to The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens PO Box 234 Boothbay, Maine 04537 or The Preble Street Teen Services, 38 Preble Street Portland, Maine 04101 or an organization of choice. Please contact Hobbs Funeral Home for more information at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
July 23, 1943 - August 25, 2014
SCARBOROUGH - Gail S. Kennett, 71, of Scarborough, passed away in her sleep on August 25, 2014, at Maine Medical Center after a long illness. She was diagnosed with ALS in 2009 and put up a valiant fight against a truly devastating disease. Despite her declining health, Gails spirits remained positive and she cherished every moment spent with family and close friends.
Gail was born in Biddeford, Maine on July 23, 1943, the daughter of Samuel and Audrey (Ostrander) Sewall. She grew up in Island Falls, Maine, a town founded by her great-great grandfather, Levi Sewall. Gail graduated from Island Falls High School in 1961 and Farmington State Teachers College in 1965. She taught science at Madison High School in Madison, Maine for two years where she met her husband, John F. Kennett, who taught history. A favorite family story is about Gail refusing Johns first date proposal, as she mistook him for a student.
Gail and John were married on April 16, 1967 and lived for a short time in Saco before settling and raising their family in Scarborough. Gail was deeply committed to the community of Scarborough, volunteering in the local schools and as an active member of the First Congregational Church, where she served not only as a Sunday School teacher, but also for a time as Sunday School Superintendent. She became involved in Scarboroughs annual Habitat for Humanity Walk, acting as Chairperson for a number of years. Gail also spent many years volunteering for the local chapter of the Alzheimers Association and founded the first Memory Walk in Maine. She continued to serve as Chairperson of the Scarborough Memory Walk for several years and also helped to start Memory Walks in other areas of the state.
Gail enjoyed spending her summers at the family camp on Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls and with friends and family on the beach in Ocean Park. She was known for her exceptional cooking which many people enjoyed at community and church events throughout the years. Gail was especially devoted to her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Survivors, all of whom loved her dearly include her husband of 47 years, John, son John (Jay) Kennett and his wife Mairi, daughter Allison Conti and her husband Adam, and grandsons Nicholas and Patrick Kennett, all of Scarborough; sister Cheryl Connelly and her husband Peter, of Vero Beach, FL; and nephews James and Peter Connelly. Gail was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Audrey Sewall, and beloved son Timothy in 1995.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the loving and compassionate care that Gail received during her time at Maine Medical Center.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th at Hobbs Funeral Home, Cottage Road, South Portland. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 29th at the First Congregational Church of Scarborough, followed by a graveside service at Black Point Cemetery. Afterward, all are welcome to attend in the church vestry.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Gails memory to the ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter or to the charity of your choice.
October 5, 1923 - August 20, 2014
The Reverend William MacNeil Baxter
The Reverend William M. Baxter, an Episcopal clergyman known for his unorthodox, open, compassionate ministry in Washington, D. C. and Lewiston, Maine, died on August 20, 2014 at the Piper Shores Retirement Community in Scarborough, Maine. He was 90.
Called to Washingtons St. Marks Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill in 1954, Bill found an inner-city parish in a state of decline, its traditional congregation diminished by the changing social, economic and racial dynamics of its neighborhood, the larger community and the times. He built one of the most diverse, intellectually vibrant, and faithful congregations in the city, one that continues to thrive today. He opened the doors of the church to all seekers, inviting interested pagans, bored Christians, and others to join. He integrated the congregation. He introduced chancel drama and dance as ways to guide, in community, explorations of meaning and faith.
The adult Christian education program Bill instituted at St. Marks, geared to helping individuals address the real, everyday challenges of life, is an enduring legacy and remains at the core of the St. Marks community experience. He believed that religion has more to do with how one lives than whether or not one attends church. He encouraged members of the congregation to grapple honestly with their personal doubts and dilemmas as well as with those confronting others. The church is the place to take the truth and tell the truth, he said.
On November 24, 1963, the first Sunday after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Bill delivered the first sermon preached to the new president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who attended St. Marks that day with his wife, Lady Bird. The sermon is preserved in the National Archives. In March 1965, Reverend Baxter joined other clergy, civil rights and national leaders for the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to support voting rights.
William MacNeil Baxter was born in 1923 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Early on, he moved with his family to Newton, Massachusetts where he grew up attending Newton public schools. He graduated from Amherst College in 1945 and received his divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1951. Following three years as assistant minister at St. Michael & St. George Episcopal Church in Clayton, Missouri, he became rector of St. Marks where he served until 1966. From 1966 to 1969, Bill was director of public affairs for the Peace Corps. In 1970, he co-founded the Marriage and Family Institute, a counseling center in Washington. He retired to Portland, Maine and then served as interim rector at Trinity Church in Lewiston. There, he founded FaithWorks, a non-profit enterprise that provided flexible work opportunities, training and support services to the communitys hard-core unemployed.
For many years, Bill and his wife, Jean Taylor Baxter, spent summers at their cottage in Sebasco, Maine on Casco Bay. There, Bill indulged his love of the sea, sailing his Ladyship on day-trip adventures, steadfastly refusing the convenience - or safety - of a motor. He also loved and nurtured the resident wild life including the many birds, his pet seagulls who returned year after year, and the chipmunks who followed the bird seed to join cocktail hour on the deck.
The Reverend Baxter was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington D. C. and, in recent years, a parishioner of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Scarborough.
In addition to Jean, his wife of 67 years, Bill is survived by four children: Graeme Baxter and Gary Baxter, both of Washington, D. C.; Rebecca Owen of Scarborough, N.Y. and Anne Baxter of New York City. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church in Scarborough at 2 p.m. on October 4, 2014. Arrangements by Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 US Route One, Scarborough, ME .
Charitable contributions in Bill's memory may be made to:
Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church
350 U. S. Route 1
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Attention: Vicki LaQuere
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