Pauline G. McKay, 91: WAVES veteran devoted life to family, always returned to Maine

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SCARBOROUGH — Pauline “Polly” Grant McKay, 91, died April 23 at Piper Shores Retirement Community, where she had been a resident for 14 years.

She was born in Houlton on March 31, 1924, the first child of Aubrey and Thelma Grant.

Pauline graduated from Houlton High School in 1942 and then attended Ricker College. In 1944, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a member of its WAVES division. She served in the Navy for two years, stationed in Washington, D.C. She subsequently returned to Houlton, where she worked for the town’s Recreation Department.

She married Joseph H. McKay on July 8, 1949. A full-time homemaker and mother, Pauline invested her life in her family, friends and neighbors.

In her free time, McKay enjoyed knitting, needlework, golf and spending time at the family camp on Nickerson Lake, in Houlton. After her husband’s retirement, the couple lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for 25 years. Still, they vacationed every summer at the camp, and returned permanently to Maine in 2001.

McKay was predeceased by her husband in 2007.

She is survived by her three children and their families: the Rev. M. Bruce McKay, wife Phoebe and their sons, Luke and Micah; Martha McKay Novis, husband David Novis and their children, Joshua Novis and wife Annie, Emily Graeper and husband Chip, and Rebecca Novis; and Jane McKay Morrell, husband William and their children, Lucy and Peter.

McKay is also survived by five great-grandchildren; her sister, Geraldine Bell and husband, Leighton; her sister-in-law, Francis Grant; a niece; four nephews; and many other family members and friends.

McKay’s family extends deep appreciation to the staff at Piper Shores, who cared for her with great competence and compassion.

Donations in McKay’s memory may be made to Nickerson Lake Wilderness Preservation Inc., 2 Kelleran St., Suite 2, Houlton, ME 04730.

A memorial service will be held this summer in Houlton.

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