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Margaret Johnson

SURRY—Margaret Johnson, 75, passed away peacefully August 8, 2020 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. Her husband of 41 years, Bill and her six canine companions were at her bedside.

Marget was born on November 24, 1944 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to George and Kathlyn Morton. Marget is survived by a younger sister, Terry of Tucson, Arizona, and a younger brother, George of Saint Charles, Missouri. She is predeceased by her parents and an older sister, Mary.

Marget’s family moved from Fort Wayne to the Pacific Palisades community in Los Angles, California, in 1948 where she attended Corpus Christi Elementary and Saint Monica’s High School. After graduation in 1962, Marget attended Ithaca College in New York and the University of Southern California. In 1966 Marget went to work for NCR, then a major computer manufacturer, as a Software Engineer. She rose through the ranks and in 1972 was promoted to Manager of Operating System Software Quality Control. She was the first female manager for that corporation. Marget held many management positions within NCR including Director of Product Development and Executive Office Public Relations Officer.

In 1973 Marget married Robert Johnson of San Diego, California. That marriage ended in 1975. In 1979 Marget married William Matlock. Bill and Marget worked for NCR until the company was brought by the AT&T Corporation in 1990. They then transferred to AT&T’s corporate headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey. She retired from AT&T in 2004. In retirement they moved to Surry, Maine, built a home and became active in the community. Marget was a member of the Surry Planning Board from 2007 to 2010.

Marget was a lifelong lover of dogs, starting with German Shepherds, then Newfoundland’s and lastly Norwich Terriers. Marget was a member of the Newfoundland Club of America and served on its Board of Directors for several years, in addition, she was the editor of the club’s magazine in the 1990s. Marget was the breeder and owner of many AKC Grand Champions in both the Newfoundland and Norwich Terrier breeds.

Marget and Bill wished to thank the Home Instead staff for the wonderful care they provided her and the amazing nurses at Northern Light Hospice who gave her loving and dignified care. Marget requested that no formal service be held. She also believed strongly that every dog needs a home, therefore, in place of flowers she asks for a donation to the Norwich Terrier rescue fund be made in her name to NTCA Rescue, P O Box 190, Littleton, NC 27850-0190.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


Robert L. Gray

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SEDGWICK—Robert LeForest Gray, 77, died peacefully at home on August 6, 2020 surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was born in Blue Hill on January 25, 1943, the son of LeForest H. Gray and Lila M. Gray.

Bob enjoyed farming; he worked endless hours on his tractor cutting wood, haying, rotary mowing and tending blueberry grounds. His greatest joy was his family, the unconditional love he had for them was immeasurable.

Bob proudly served his country in the US Army from 1962 to 1965.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Paula; son, Steve and partner Christine; daughter, Nancy and husband Rob; son, Paul and wife Missy; eight grandchildren, Justin, Jenna, Tim, Joshua, Jessica, Damon, Jordan, and Paige; four great-grandchildren, Maddox, Aubriana, Jocelyn and Gracelynn; sisters, Evelyn and Betty; brother, Steve as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cherished friends. He was predeceased in death by his parents, brother Alfred and sister Harriet.

Per Bob’s request, family and friends are invited to attend a graveside prayer at Mt. Rest Cemetery in Brooksville on August 22, 2020 at 1 p.m. Immediately following, there will be a gathering at Bob and Paula’s home, 6 Sis Porter Road in Sedgwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Northern Light Home Care and Hospice, 441 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St., Ellsworth

Condolences may be expressed at acadiacremation.com.


Adam B. Eaton

DEER ISLE—Adam Blake Eaton, 35, passed away unexpectedly on July 26, 2020. He was born on May 6, 1985 in Blue Hill, the beloved son of Jim and Candy Eaton of Little Deer Isle.

Adam was a 2004 graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School. He was a man of the sea, as he enjoyed the life of a lobsterman.

Adam leaves behind his heartbroken parents; his adored older brother, Zachary; and many aunts, uncles and a whole bunch of awesome cousins and dear friends. He also leaves behind his dog, Sophie, and two crazy cats.

Adam’s ashes will be returned to the ocean that he played in throughout his whole life. Please remember this sweet gentle giant with a smile on your face and love in your heart.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St., Ellsworth.

Condolences may be expressed at acadiacremation.com.