Lucile Clark Lishness, 94: Devoted teacher and congregant

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PORTLAND — Lucile Clark Lishness, 94, died on Oct. 15 at the Barron Center in Portland.

Born in Sanford on Dec. 7, 1916, she was the eldest child of Mildred and G. Oscar Clark. She graduated from Farmington State Normal School, where she met her future husband, Charles P. Lishness Jr. She spent 36 years as a first grade teacher in Bath.

She was very active in the United Methodist Church, building the church library and organizing the first ecumenical vacation Bible school that included young people and teachers of all faiths. She volunteered as a homestay coordinator for the Experiment in International Living, finding local host families for groups from Japan, India, Spain, Columbia and numerous other countries.

In addition to her involvement with the church, she was an active member in the international programs of the Lions Club.

When she retired as a teacher, she opened Blue Shutter Antiques, a shop specializing in Shaker and other textiles and early American household furnishings. She enjoyed spending time at her family’s camp on Square Pond, and rebuilt the cottage originally designed by her grandfather in 1900. She was a talented seamstress, sewing her own clothes and clothes for family members. She was also recognized as a talented baker, baking pies for a Brunswick restaurant.

She was predeceased by her brother, Kerwin, her sister, Priscilla, her husband, Charles P. Lishness Jr., and her son-in-law, Mark Bancroft.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan; her son, Alan and daughter-in-law, Debbie Peck; granddaughters Fiona McCabe, Amanda Marullo and Emma Lishness, and grandson, Tom Lishness; as well as great-granddaughter Erin McCabe and great-grandsons Aidan McCabe, and Nicholas and Conor Marullo.

The family will hold a private graveside service.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St. Brunswick. Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.

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