Doris R. Powers Hardy
Deer Isle—Doris Rose Powers Hardy, 93, died February 17, 2014 at the Island Nursing Home. She was born in Little Deer Isle, April 16, 1920, a daughter of John Emery and Eunice (Eaton) Powers.
She graduated from McKinley High School and married Roger W. Hardy. Besides Deer Isle, they spent time living in Connecticut, Rockport, and one winter in Philadelphia. Doris was a good cook and kept an immaculate home. She was employed 17 years as a cook for summer people after her children were grown. She enjoyed the ladies sewing circle, crocheting, cooking, going for rides and her cats. She attended the former RLDS church in later years.
She is survived by three sons, Walter of Hancock, Larry and wife Selene of Stonington, and Royce of Deer Isle; a daughter, Sheila Eaton and husband Jonathan of Brooklin; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Bea Gray of Camden. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger; grandson, Roger Curtis; three brothers, Merle, Lloyd, and Gilbert Powers; sister, Annie LaPlace.
Her family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Island Nursing Home. Following is a poem she likes.
“Crossing the Bar”
Sunset and evening star,
And on clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark.
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have Crossed the bar.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St. Blue Hill.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Richard Downey Kelley
Penobscot—Richard Downey Kelley, age 76, transitioned peacefully and gracefully from his earthly home Friday, February 28, from a Bangor hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family and a brilliant white light to guide his journey to his new heavenly home. Richard was born August 9, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts to George and Mary (Hansbury) Kelley into a large family. He often remarked that he was truly blessed by having so many sisters to help him mind his manners and grow to be a fine gentleman!
Richard attended St Mary’s High School in Waltham, Massachusetts and upon graduation entered the Citadel in Charleston S.C. where after earning his degree was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country honorably as an officer in their prestige tank corp.
Upon discharge, Richard who was blessed with many attributes including “a silver tongue” embarked on a career in the sales industry, primarily marketing Italian spaghetti sauce for Progresso Foods and bottled water for Poland Springs, at a time when few believed either product had a financial future. An Irishman selling spaghetti sauce and then water in a bottle during the 1970s was highly suspect! But sell them he did, advancing to the position of Northeast Regional Manager for Poland Springs of Maine and then working for the Perrier and Nestle Corporations when Poland Springs was incorporated internationally until he retired and moved to Maine.
It was rumored that Richard Kelley could “talk a cat off a fish truck” as a salesman and gentleman. He relished meeting, sharing and “breaking bread” with others throughout his personal life and professional career. When medical challenges “robbed” him of so much of what he enjoyed; he prevailed and found other ways to flame his passions for socializing and being with others. His organizing of the “Bagaduce Elite Marching Band” as colonel (full bird) Kelley that marched in the Brooklin Fourth of July parade exemplified his determination and perseverance, as did his yearly crazy hat Halloween contest. He was an officer with the Blue Hill gun club and a board member of the Blue Hill Library. Prior to relocating to Maine, he served as a senior chief volunteer EMT in both New Jersey and New Hampshire.
Richard was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Beverly (Driscoll) Kelley R.N, his brother George and wife Helen of Hull, Mass., sisters Sally Kelley of Washington D.C., Ann Sheeran of Wenham, Mass., Mary J Lynch of Branford, Conn., Kathleen Kelley of Upton, Mass., Susan Kelley & husband Bill Roy of Miami Beach, Fla., Brenda Kelley of Framingham, Mass. Diana Kelley of Paris, France, Pauline Kelley and her husband Philip Swanton of New York City, N.Y. and Priscilla Kelley and her husband Richard Roberti of Marston Hills, Mass., daughter Ann Kelley and son Richard Jr. and Jennifer Kelley and her husband Andy Guthrie. His extended family includes Lisa Pierce, Leanne Batten, Jennifer Moretto and Amy McCarthy. He particularly loved his grandchildren and family visiting Maine and enjoying the wonders and beauty of the coast and Bagaduce waterway.
There will be a memorial service in the spring to honor Richard’s life and loves! Those who wish to remember him can make donations in his name to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Avenue, Ellsworth 04605 or to The Blue Hill Library, P O Box 824, Blue Hill 04614.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated and competent staff at The Eastern Maine Medical Center, particularly Dr. Robert Bach M.D. chief of palliative care and the staff at Blue Hill Hospital for all they did for Richard.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St. Blue Hill Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Mary Jane Chase Miller
Mary Jane Chase Miller, of Castine, died on February 26, 2014, in Bangor. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 13, 1923, the daughter of Howard Emerson Chase and Mary Grace (Kearns) Chase. Mary Jane grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1940 as a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, she attended the University of Maryland in College Park and graduated in 1943 with a B.A. in Sociology. At U of M, Mary Jane was a class officer, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Following her graduation from college, Mary Jane volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Navy. She then attended the Navy Midshipman’s School at Smith College, Mass., as well as the Communications School at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. During WWII, she was commissioned as an Ensign and assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC. As a Navy WAVE, Mary Jane worked in the Navy’s secret code rooms, using her training and expertise in sensitive communications to route convoys of ships through the dangerous waters of the North Atlantic. She was promoted to Lt. jg in 1945 and then commissioned as Lt. jg in the Naval Reserve following her active duty service in WWII.
On November 2, 1946, Mary Jane married her college classmate, 1st Lt. Edward A. Miller (U.S. Army), when he returned from active duty in the southwest Pacific. Mary Jane was very proud of her Naval service and her Maine Veteran’s license plate (MJCM). She was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal at a special ceremony in Castine on November 22, 2003. The medals were presented to Mary Jane by Capt. Chris Kopang, USN, Commander of the Navy ROTC program at the Maine Maritime Academy. The ceremony was attended by many friends and family members, including all five of her children, their spouses, and grandchildren.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Edward A. Miller, to whom she was married for 67 years, as well as her five children: Edward A. Miller, Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Montpelier, Vt.; Elizabeth Ann Miller and her husband the Reverend Joseph Schulte, of Evansville, Ind.; Marion M. Fisher and her husband, Walton Low, of Las Cruces, N.M.; Jane M. Saltsman, of Milford, N.H.; and John Stuart Miller and his wife, Suzanne, of Castine. Mary Jane is also survived by her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was very proud of her children, and justly so.
Mary Jane loved Castine, where she purchased a home with her husband in 1962. For many years, she was an active member of the Castine Golf Club as a golfer, tennis player, and member of the Board of Governors. She was also a member of the Castine Garden Club, the Woman’s Club, and the Castine Yacht Club.
Mary Jane loved dogs and cats, birds and gardening. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Castine, with the Rev. Tim Hall officiating. A private burial will take place at the Castine Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mary Jane’s name to a local humane society would be appreciated. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.