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9 February, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 35 VIOLA M. PAYSON MACHIAS and EASTPORT - Viola (Mattson) Robbins Payson, RN, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Machias. She was born in North Quincy, Mass on April 22, 1920, to John Henry Mattson and Jennie (Kontio) Mattson. She was raised in the Finnish fanning community of South Harrison and delighted in exploring the natural world surrounding her farmhouse. After graduating from Bridgton Acade- my as salutatori- an, she trained and graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland. After passing her state board exam, she received her registered nurse license. Shortly afterward she married John Rob- inson Robbins of Harrison. In the next three years, while John finished his uni- versity and law studies, twin daughters Jeanne and Joanne and sons Joseph Pitts and Charles William were born. In 1953 the family moved to Eastport, where John was appointed by Goyemor Burton M. Cross to be the Eastport municipal judge. They lived a happy life in Quoddy Village and 25 Middle Street. After John's death in 1957 Vi returned to nursing. In 1959 she married James W. Payson, and they moved to 6 High Street in Machias. Vi was one of the original staff members of the newly opened Down East Community Hospital. She led by ex- ample, and her professionalism and care inspired other nurses, aides and candy stripers. Later Vi became the evening charge nurse at Marshall Manor. She enjoyed the community chorus, her craft gro0p at church and the evening en- richment courses at the high school. She helped create the Wild Blueberry Festival quilt annually. Vi loved her camp at Getchell's Rips, beachcombing and the Red Sox. She was a well-loved, funny and vibrant woman. Vi was predeceased by her husbands, the Honorable John R. Robbins and James W. Payson; her parents; her siblings, Aarne, Edna, John, George and David; and a granddaughter, Lauren Robbins Bishop. She is survived by her children, Jeanne R. and husband Captain Robert J. Peacock of Eastport - with whom Vi lived her last two years - Joanne R. and hus- band David H. Emus of Hollis, N.H Jo- seph P. and wife Gretchen L. Robbins of Winthrop and Charles W. and wife Dawn T. Robbins of Columbia Falls; grandchil- dren, Jessica Emus, Samuel Robbins, Sa- rah Eastman, Anastasia Alter, Jenny Lewandowski and William Bishop; great- grandchildren, Justin, John and Joshua Eastman, Cameron Robbins, Tanner Stevenson, Dana and Naomi Schatz, Ma- son Alter, Alida Lewandowski and Teddy and Frances Bishop; her Mattson nephew and nieces, Paul, Sandra, Viola, Barbara, Kathy and Patsy; special friends, Flora, Debbie, Valerie, Mildred, Shirley, Joan, Tommy and the McCann family; and her beloved cat, Penni Payson. A service with Rev. Betty Duzen offici- ating will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at the Centre St. Congrega- tional Church in Machias with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Whitneyville Con- gregational Church or the Whitneyville Library. I CARDS OF THANKS II Cards of Thanks and In Memoriams are charged at the rate of $5 for 20 words or fewer, and 10 cents for each additional word. KENNETH J. LEIGHTON MAYNARD, MASS. - Kenneth J. Leighton, age 76, of Maynard, Mass passed away peacefully Sunday, January 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving fami- ly. He was the husband of 54 years to Carol M. (Nelson) Leighton. Born in Boston, Mass on September 23, 1941, he was the son of the late John W. Jr. and Gunvor (Borge- son) Leighton. Ken graduated from Newton High School, class of 1959. He provdly served in the United States Air Force from 1959-1963. Ken worked as an electro mechanical assembler for 50 years, most recently at Orbital ATK in Hopkinton, Mass. Ken and Carol were devoted members for 40 years of St. John Lutheran Church, where he was the sexton for 27 years. Ken cherished his trips to Maine and spending time at the family camp on Ca- thance Lake. He spent many childhood summers in Eastport with his grandpar- ents John and Stella Leighton. Maine al- ways felt like home to Ken. He was an avid collector of stamps, coins, old keys, marbles and vintage postcards. Ken en- joyed watching sci-fi movies, his favor- ites being The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and Star Wars. Carol and Ken loved square dancing together. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Leighton of Maynard, Mass.; son, Eric J. and wife Shelby Leighton of Machiasport; daughter, Jennifer L. Leighton of May- nard, Mass.; grandchildren, Julia A. Leighton and Cooper T. Leighton of Ma- chiasport; siblings, Lee E. and wife Vir- ginia Leighton of Alfred and Christine and husband Edward Burton of Woburn, Mass.; his close niece, Kimberly Mat- thews; and nephews, Roger Leighton, Ed- ward Burton 111 and Matthew Burton. Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Ken on Friday, February 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, May- nard, Mass. His memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 16 Great Road, Sudbury, Mass. Burial will be private. Memorial gifts may be made in Ken's memory to St. John Lutheran Church, 16 Great Rd Sudbury, MA 01776 or Camp Calumet, P.O. Box 236, West Ossipee, NH 03890. Arrangements are under the care of Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home in Maynard, Mass. To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit . Card of Thanks The family of Myron Curtis would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful and caring folks who visited, called, cooked, sent cards, at- tended the Celebration of Life cere mony or provided comfort to the family in any way during the past few weeks of Myron's life. Your kind words and generosity will long be remembered. Special thanks to Eileen Dougherty for always being there to provide nursiqg services, advice and moral support. May each of you be richly blessed! Wife - Betty Daughter and son-in-law - Helen and Ron Son - Charlie Daughter and son-in-law - Gladys and Jimmy CLIFFORD J. MITCHELL SR. PLEASANT POINT - Clifford Joseph Mitchell Sr 70, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medi- cal Center with his family by his side. Clifford was born at Pleasant Point on Jan- uary 28, 1948, son of Joseph and Bertha (Moore) Mitchell. After attending school in Pleasant Point, Clifford became a painter, special- izing in metal structures. He traveled through- out New England painting metal structures such as towers and bridg- es. Clifford loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and clam dig- ging. In addition to his parents, he was prede- ceased by two sons, Clifford Mitchell Jr. and Thomas Mitchell; and a brother, Fre- derick Mitchell. Surviving are his chil- dren, Jason Mitchell and fiancre Kendra Wilder of Bradley, Amber Mitchell of Ed- dington, Patrick Mitchell of Bradley, and Derek Mitchell of Veazie; five grandchil- dren, Braylynn, Brayden, Tyler, Mercedes and Nicholas; a sister, Margaret Rose Newell of Pleasant Point; a brother, Jo- seph Mitchell Sr. and fiancre Barbara Newell of Pleasant Point; Veronica Moore, who was like a sister; his god- child, Veronica Newell; and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held at his home on 40 Passamaquoddy Road on February 4 and 5. A graveside service was held on February 6 at the Pleasant Point Tribal Cemetery. Arrangements were by Mays Funeral Home of Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at . i~~%1 ! ;{! ! SALES LE'rrERING CLEANING REPAIRS Frank Wood, Owner 263-7100 255-0685 335 Northfield Road, Marshfield, ME 04654 (2.4 miles north on 192 from Mochias) 3n Rlettmriam In memory of DONALD P. RICHARDSON On your birthday, February 5 One or the other must leave, One or the other must stay, One or the other must grieve, That is forever the way. That is the vow that was sworn, Faithful till death do us part, Braving what had to be born, Hiding the ache in the heart. One who's so ever adored, First must be summoned away, This is the will of the Lord, One or the other must stay. Hidy and your family ESTELLA JANE MILLER HAMPTON, VA. - Estella Jane Miller, 80, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. She was born in Eastport and was a resident of Hamp- ton, Va for 35 years. Estella was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She was pre- ceded in rest by the love of her life and husband of 59 years, Avery C. Miller; her parents; two brothers; and a grandson. She is sur- vived by her two daughters, Stephanie Barnes and her husband Russell and Andrea Harper and her husband Tho- mas; two grandchildren, Ben Harper and Melanie Harper; great-grandson, Jorden Keefer; two brothers, Lawrence Mullen and Edward Mullen; sister, Mary Doher- ty; and her many beloved nieces and neph- ews. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society. A celebration of Estella's life was held on January 30 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Friends are en- couraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Me- morial Park of Hampton, Va. Card of Thanks From the bottom of our hearts, Ron and I would like to extend our thanks to family and friends who provided acts of kindness during Dad's illness and passing. It made a difficult time much easier, and it is greatly appreci- ated. Also, thank you to the central of- rice staff who sent the beautiful flow- ers. Again, thanks. Helen and Ron Kilby Card of Thanks Thank you to everyone that helped our family through a very difficult time. So many of you were there to visit my Dad during his final days. Some sent a card or made something yummy for us to eat. There were oth- ers who shared a story, memory or just had very kind words to share about my Dad. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. My friends and co-workers went above and beyond to help my family. Not once did I have to feel guilty when I left work to be with him. The Dennysville Ambulance crew deserves so much praise. They were there for him every time we called. We are so blessed to live in a place this special. I also want to send a huge thank you to my family. You were there for him through good times and bad. You pulled together during the worst of times. That's just what Dad, Grampy, Uncle Myron (whoever he was to you) would have wanted. He believed that family should always be there for each other, and he would be proud of you! Thanks just aren't enough. Gladys Curtis Robinson