Pauline B. Toothaker, 88: Civic volunteer devoted life to service

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CUNDY’S HARBOR — Pauline “Polly” Baker Toothaker, 88, of Holbrook Street, died peacefully March 30 at Horizons Living & Rehab Center in Brunswick, with her family by her side.

She was born March 24, 1927, on Bailey Island, the daughter of Stanley I. and Edna Perry Baker. One of seven children, she grew up on Orr’s and Bailey islands. She attended island schools and later Brunswick High School.

She married Walter W. Toothaker, of Cundy’s Harbor, on Dec. 25, 1950. He died May 15, 1992.

A devoted volunteer throughout her life, Pauline was one of the founders of the Cundy’s Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, and worked as part of the women’s auxiliary group that raised funds for the construction of the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall. There, she also helped coordinate dances for island teenagers. Toothaker also served for many years as ballot clerk for the Town of Harpswell, and was a familiar face each Election Day.

She and her husband enjoyed weekend getaways, hunting, fishing, camping and attending bluegrass music festivals. She also enjoyed participating in bowling leagues at Yankee Lanes in Brunswick, and was an avid NASCAR fan. Most of all, dedication to her family was paramount in her daily life.

Besides her husband, Toothaker was predeceased by her son, Clayton H. Drake, who died March 28, 2011; a grandson, Harmon Dana York Jr.; a great-grandson, Aaron D. Young; two brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha L. York, of Cundy’s Harbor; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, of Harpswell.

Visitation and a service were held April 4 at Brackett Funeral Home, in Brunswick. Interment will be at Cranberry Horn Cemetery, Cundy’s Harbor, later in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cundy’s Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, c/o Burr Taylor, 45 Taylor Road, Harpswell, ME 04079.

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