Carol F. Howard, 81, known to all as “Mamie,” died unexpectedly Oct. 19, 2010, at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Carol was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Duluth, Minn., the only child of Rudolph and Sadie (Hendrickson) Paulson. She was very proud of her Finnish and Norwegian Heritage, having been third-generation immigrants from Finland. Carol moved to Maine as a teenager, graduating from Crosby High School in 1947. She considered Maine her real home, and was pleased to receive an “official Mainer” birth certificate in 2000 and a promise from her family to never call her an “import.”

Carol was employed as an office worker for many years at Penobscot Poultry Co., retiring at the age of 62. She treasured her home near family in the Poors Mills area for over 30 years.

Mamie is survived by four children, Donna G. Howard and her fiancé, Jerry Crabtree, of Searsport, Rebekka (Freeman) Merrithew and her husband, Jack, of Searsport and Swanville, Susan M. Castro and her husband, Manny of Honolulu, and Bruce D. Howard of Swanville; six grandsons, Gary Nickels, Robert Nickels, Travis Nickels and his wife, Heather, Bruce Wood and hiw wife, Michelle, Neal Wood Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, Scott Wood and his wife, Tonya;  great-grandchildren include Kristen Nickels, Cade Nickels, Isaac Nickels, Ethan Nickels, Matthew Wood, Kornealius Wood and his sisters, Kristi Jackson and Kelsey Jackson, and Sierra, Savanna and Sabrina Wood; a son-in-law, Neal Wood Sr., and his wife, Susan; a “daughter,” Cynthia Patten Lewis and her husband, John; and several nieces and nephews; she also leaves behind her extended Poors Mills family, whom she loved very much.

She was predeceased by a beloved daughter, Sandra F. Wood; and two sons-in-law, Robert S. Nickels and Carl M. Freeman.

Mamie lived her life for her family and was an amazing grandmother. She often had all six grandsons, as children, stay overnight at one time. She has left her family with many treasured memories.

As Mamie requested, there will be no formal services. Her wishes were to have family and friends get together and tell funny Mamie stories, of which there are many. This celebration of her life will be held next summer.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Condolences may be expressed to Donna Howard, 7 Lake Shore Lane, Searsport, ME 04974 or via e-mail at, to be shared with the family.