E. Frances Withee

Sep 12, 2019

Westbrook — Emily Frances (Averill) Withee, 101, died Sept. 8, 2019, at home. She was born Sept. 4, 1918, on a large farm in Averill's Hill, Prentiss.  She was the youngest of 16 children born to the late Ralph and the late Rebecca (King) Averill.

Her education began in a one-room school; she graduated high school 1935 as salutatorian, won three language gold medals, attended Maine School of Commerce at Husson 1938 and joined Epsilon Tau Epsilon.

She was predeceased by her husband Arnold, with whom she operated Arnold’s Hardware, Belfast, for 23 years. Then, they retired to Westbrook in 1982.

She was a member of Bangor USO during WWII, Belfast Lionettes and 1918 Club, Westbrook. She enjoyed harness racing and genealogy. She was a 10th-generation descendant of William Averell of Ipswich, Mass., progenitor of many hung during Salem Witch Trials.

Her highlighted travels included a Caribbean cruise in 1973, California by camper 1983, London  in 1987 on a quest for family roots, Hawaii in 1995 for a 50th wedding anniversary and a Bangor casino in 2008 for 90th birthday.

Survivors include daughters Linda of Westbrook and Diane of Clearwater, Fla., and many nieces and nephews who she loved. She was also predeceased by siblings, Leo, William, Lloyd, Laurence, Lawton, Edith, Ella, Marion, Ernestine, Elaine, Eleanor, Eula, Enid, Doris and Esther. As Mother would say, “The last cow has left the barn.”

She was a wonderful wife and mother, very loving and devoted.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland. To express condolences or participate in Frances’ online tribute, please visit dolbyblaissegee.com.

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