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Obituaries

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  • Joy J. O’Brien, 60: Longtime state Senate secretary exemplified public service

    PORTLAND — Joy J. O’Brien, 60, the longest-serving secretary of the Maine Senate in history, died Oct. 15 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, to John ("Jack") and Jadine O'Brien in Brockton, Massachusetts. After moving to Portland, she grew up...

  • Marilyn Lajoie, 83

    TOPSHAM — Marilyn Lajoie, 83, died peacefully Sept. 30. Born Aug. 21, 1931, Lajoie was the daughter of Irene and Lloyd Pierce of Bucksport. The family relocated to Sanford, where she graduated from high school. In 1953, she married Aldore Lajoie, who was active in the U.S. Air Force....

  • Calvin F. Taylor, 79: Brunswick police officer, business owner

    BRUNSWICK — Calvin F. Taylor, 79, died June 23 at his home. Taylor was born in Brunswick on Oct. 5, 1934, the son of Calvin B. and Helen Linnie Taylor. He graduated from Brunswick High School with its class of 1953. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He also se...

  • Martha C. Downing, 80

    TOPSHAM — Martha C. Downing, 80, died June 24 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was a teacher for many years while living in New Jersey before retiring to Topsham in 2005. The family vacationed at their home in western Massachusetts. Downing is survived by ...

  • Helga Anneliese Wilson, 84: Longtime nurse, gardener, painter

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Helga Anneliese Wilson, 84, of South Portland, died June 27 at her home, with her family by her side. Wilson was born on Sept. 16, 1929, in Berlin, Germany, a daughter of Helmut and Gertrud Wolff. She attended school in Germany and moved to New York in 1947. She...

  • Doramay Bragg, 89: Longtime hairdresser, supportive matriarch

    YARMOUTH — Doramay Bragg, 89, died peacefully in her sleep on June 17. She was born in Stearns, Kentucky, on June 30, 1924, and spent her early years in Winfield, Tennessee. Following the death of her father, her mother, Frances Terry, returned to the family's home in Maine, bri...

  • Margery Coon Kepes, 87

    CUMBERLAND — Margery Coon Kepes, 87, of Cumberland Foreside, died peacefully on June 24 at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth. She was born on Aug. 4, 1926, to Charles and Ida Coon, and grew up in Ashland, New Hampshire. Her love of the Maine coast began during childhood, when she sp...

  • Loring Arthur Nesbit, 79: Patriot, loyal and hard-working

    PORTLAND — Loring Arthur Nesbit, 79, of Portland, died June 25 after a courageous battle with leukemia, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 26, 1935, in Avon, Massachusetts, the son of Arthur H. and Drusilla F. Nesbit. He was the older brother of Drusilla Nesbi...

  • Gail F. Rice, 57: Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation co-founder

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Gail F. Rice, 57, died June 21 at her home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born June 17, 1957, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a daughter of Toivo O. and Anna Maki. She graduated from Gardner High School in Massachusetts, Class of 1975. She received he...

  • Ernest L. Frost Sr., 84

    BRUNSWICK — Ernest L. Frost Sr., 84, died June 15 at his home in Brunswick. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Aug. 19, 1929, he was the son of Harry and Mary Frost. He attended schools in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Vermont, then joining the Navy in 1945, where he served as a ma...