Colleen York

Jan 28, 2019

Searsport — Colleen M. York, 94, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Born in Prospect on Dec. 17, 1924, she was the daughter of James Sumner and Clytie (George) Nickerson. Her mother and father moved to Searsport in 1927 to what used to be known as “Nickerson Tavern” and she was a life-long resident of that town.

Colleen attended grade school at the Harbor School (later called Knyvetta Hall), with Lillias Buck teaching all eight grades in the one-room school. In 1942 after graduation from Searsport High School, Colleen went to work at the U.S. Army Recruiting & Induction Office in Bangor.

In 1943, she married Robert York, a soldier who was stationed in Stockton Springs then sent to Italy. Following Bob’s military service overseas, they made their initial home in Stockton Springs with their young son, James, then moved to Searsport in 1950.

Colleen worked as a clerk at the Belfast District Court in 1966. Her other employment included working at the U.S. Government Tank Farm in Searsport, Waldo County Registry of Deeds, Waldo County Probate Office, and served as a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. Colleen and her husband, Bob, picked wild berries, making and selling over 30 kinds of jams and jellies for more than 60 years at their shop in Searsport.

Active in many organizations, Colleen was a life member and past Worthy Matron of Bethany Chapter 76 O.E.S. of Stockton Springs, life member of Primrose Chapter 152 O.E.S of Belfast, and former member of Granite Grange. Colleen was one of the original organizers, and a charter and life member of Searsport Historical Society, where she also served as secretary for many, many years. A former member of the Sunshine Club for Crippled Children, she was also a former member of the Community Benefit Club, Stockton Springs and Prospect historical societies and attended the Searsport First Congregational Church.

Colleen enjoyed studying the Civil War and was very proud of her grandfather, Levi George, who served in the 20th Maine Regiment, Company K. She spent much time working on her family genealogy, doing crafts and was a very talented artist. For many years before Memorial Day, Colleen placed American flags on veterans' graves in the Bowditch Cemetery in Searsport.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Robert York; two sisters, Mildred Nickerson and Hilda Weddell; and a brother, Clifton, who died as an infant.

Surviving are her beloved son, James “Jim” and his wife, Betty, of Belfast; three grandchildren, Patricia Parker and her husband, Randy, of Texas; Lisa Kelley and her friend, Kelly Bowen, of Belfast; James “Jim” York Jr. and his fiancé, Pam Larrabee, of Searsport; great-grandchildren, Cassie Parker of Texas, Maegan Moulton of Bangor, Zachary Reed of Bangor, Kristina Kelley of Belfast, Jaymie-Lynn York of Prospect, Brandi Kazarian of Winterport, and Christi Mailman of Texas; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., with the Rev. Deb Arnold officiating. Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to Searsport Historical Society, P.O. Box 28, Searsport, ME 04974.

Condolences may be shared with Colleen’s family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Spring interment will take place in Bowditch Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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