Dorothy D. Bakeman
Cape Rosier—Dorothy D. Bakeman, 93, passed away July 20, 2016 at the Island Nursing Home. She was born in Castine, October 2, 1922 the daughter of Evelyn G. (Candage) and David E. Dyer.
Mrs. Bakeman went off to teaching school and returned to educate many, many children in the Brooksville and Deer Isle area. She taught all of her six children in the classroom while being the old-fashioned teaching principal, and her husband, “Gook,” drove the bus. Mrs. Bakeman was known as a true lady by all who knew her.
Mom was a beautiful cook who loved to do Christmas cookie trays, quilting, crocheting, and always made sure everyone had mittens. Mother was always a safe confidant to her many children and grandchildren in their different times of need while maneuvering through this life.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Frank Bakeman, Robert and his wife Helen, Elaine Murak, Mary Ellen and husband Cordell Gross, Elizabeth and husband Robert Herrick and David Bakeman; grandchildren, Keara and husband Donnie Wallace, Adrienne and husband Tony Beaulieu, Trisha and husband James Friend, Nicole Bakeman, Amber and husband Michael Ranney, Keith Murak and wife Kristin, Gail and husband Peter Grant, Molly Varnum and partner Scott Grindle, Annie and husband Keith Tilsley, Melanie and husband Ed Schleich and Sara Herrick; sister, Alice Dyer; brother, Elmer and wife Magda Dyer; sisters-in-law Ursula, Lorraine and Carol Dyer, many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was predeceased by husband Oliver; siblings, Verna, Linwood, Fred, Victor, George; life’s best friend Aunt Nellie Moores; and granddaughter Kristen Marie Herrick.
The family wants to thank all of her excellent caregivers at the Island Nursing Home where she resided for the past few years. She felt of them as family and enjoyed “counseling” her younger flock in their various hiccups of life.
A celebration of Mrs. Bakeman’s life with family will be held at the Brooksville Public Service/Library building 12-2 p.m., August 7, 2016. Burial will be private at her request.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Brooksville Free Public Library, P.O. Box 38, Brooksville 04617 in her honor of her many years devoted to education. She especially enjoyed art and literature.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St. Blue Hill.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Louise W. Kemp
Was it Nana Louise’s rock-solid faith or her ironclad will that kept her alive until she could meet her daughter’s youngest granddaughter and carry the news to everyone beyond?
BLUE HILL—Louise was born in Danville, Pa., to John W. and Irene (Rantz) Getty. Originally the middle child of five, she was the only daughter and youngest of three to survive childhood. Growing up on a farm with two older brothers during the Depression was not easy. Louise went to a one-room school until high school in Danville where she was valedictorian. Her older brother, Jack, was home on leave for the senior prom and, since most of the boys were overseas, danced with everyone to her delight.
Louise’s father offered to send her to Bloomsburg Teachers’ College, but she knew that she didn’t want to be a teacher and set off for Fort Dix, N.J., where she was to run the Western Union office for the duration of the war. During this period, she moved to Philadelphia and roomed at the YMCA. Among a group of women her age, her best friend was Sallie Cook of Waynesville, Ohio. We never heard most of the stories and were quite intrigued when we opened her trunk from those days in the family home in Lewisburg.
After the war, Louise visited Jack and his family in Germany during the Occupation. She moved back to central Pennsylvania and still worked for Western Union in Lewisburg, where she met Paul Kemp. He was attending Bucknell on the Gl Bill and, as steward for his fraternity, came into the office regularly to check on commodity orders. Louise said that she thought that he was “stuck-up.” One evening, working for his father, Paul stopped by the farm when her folks weren’t home and tried to sell her a refrigerator. A veteran of the 99th Infantry Division and survivor of The Battle of the Bulge, he called her “Widget” and “Winnie Lou” and suffered from PTSD.
They were married on Christmas Eve in Bloomsburg and moved to Lightstreet where Patricia and Paul III were born. Paul was a chemical engineering major and worked for Merck. At some point they lived in married student housing at Bucknell Village. Things were hard but they knew many other couples trying to adjust to post-war life.
Everything got much worse when brother Jack died tragically and unexpectedly only a few days before he was to return from Inchon, Korea where he had been transferred from his intelligence unit in Germany. Louise had returned home from Philadelphia in part to care for her ailing mother and, with the death of her oldest son, Irene started to give in to the stress that any mother would feel with her children away at war. At about the same time, the remaining family farm was taken by eminent domain for the future Route 80 and Irene lost her home. Louise and Paul had one more child, Susan, at the end of the ’50s. Irene died in the hospital a few years later when an intern missed a vein during a routine procedure.
Paul never finished his undergraduate degree, but he and Louise bought a small house in the South Ward of Lewisburg after renting next door. Louise’s father bought a farm in Mazeppa where he lived with his younger son Kent and his family. Paul’s parents and brother had a place outside of Danville near Bloomsburg. The two fathers-in-law didn’t speak, so there were usually two holiday dinners in Lewisburg. Sunday afternoons were likewise divided.
Louise was hired by Kathryn Kline to do typing for the Himmelreich Library. She was extremely competent and loved her work so much that soon she was working part-time at the circulation desk and later in the new “Children’s Room” a glorified mildew basement adjoining the Presbyterian Church. Louise was very proud of her work. No child ever touched a book with dirty hands. Louise and Paul were both over-qualified for their jobs, but they had a family to raise and they did their best. They belonged to Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended church every Sunday. Louise sang in the choir, helped establish the church library, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and the sewing circle until her move to Maine.
The Vietnam War brought back past nightmares, especially since Paul III (Oz) was old enough for the Draft. He followed his sister Patti to college and, like his father, studied electrical engineering forging his own very brilliant career.
Life changed again when Louise’s oldest grandchild was born to Patti and her husband Francis Anonia in the early ’70s. “Jenni” was the light of her eyes and Louise took to grandmothering with the same zeal that she’d embraced her other careers. Jen was followed by Karyn and Liz, and Louise wound up with nine grandchildren and five greats to date. Oz settled in Northboro, Mass., where he and his wife Mary raised their children Tim and Rachel. Susan and her husband David Reiley live in Brooklin, Maine, which is still the mailing address for Travis, Maia, and Jake and home for Mike for a little while longer.
Paul died of cancer in 1985. He was followed by son-in-law Fran in ’94, Louise’s father in ’96, and daughter Patricia in ’97. No longer able to live independently, Louise sold the house in Lewisburg and moved to Maine in 2003. Her son Paul died in 2012. Louise has many people waiting for her on the other side and so much to catch them up on.
Louise also leaves behind nephew John Getty and niece Marsha (Getty) Lohr and their families; sister-in-law Mary (Miz) Kemp and many other special people in Pennsylvania. Her family wishes to thank all of the many wonderful people who have cared for her over the years: Three very special CNA’s: Julie and Will at The Island Nursing Home and Saralyn Byard of Sedgwick, Maine, The Parkinson’s Group; all of the staff at The Island Nursing Home, the Assisted Living caregivers at Parker Ridge; and Hancock County Hospice.
Louise would want you to read to a child. Preferably one with clean hands: If that’s not happening, just get the kid and a good book and read. We will all miss her but know that she is loved.
A service is scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church on Deer Isle with a service in Pennsylvania to follow. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Catherine S. Vaughn
MONTREAT, N.C.—Catherine Stewart Vaughn, 88, died peacefully following an extended illness on July 22, 2016 at Parker Ridge Assisted Living. A native of Iredell County, N.C., she was born March 6, 1928 to David Little and Berta Mae Travis Stewart.
She loved learning, achieved scholarly accomplishments and pursued opportunities uncommon for a woman of her generation. Following high school graduation as valedictorian, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (today UNC-G). She later served as president of the alumni/ae council and as an alumna trustee. After teaching high school English for three years, she received a two-year Fulbright Fellowship at the American University of Cairo. She met her lifelong love, Silas Max Vaughn, on the first night on the ship to Egypt. They married a year later in Cairo, and they remained devoted partners until his passing almost 62 years later.
Upon returning to the U.S., Catherine supported Si in his career of college administration. Following appointments at Southwestern, St. Andrews, and UNC-C, they moved to Montreat in 1972 when Si became president of “The College” (as they called it the rest of their lives). They always considered themselves a team, and Si insisted that they both be painted in his presidential portrait—and that he stand behind Cathy. She was the paradigmatic hostess and the speech writer of many of Si’s lectures and speeches. She was a loyal and compassionate friend and was active in many civic groups and clubs.
Cathy loved to travel and experience different cultures. She explored every continent except Antarctica and started her own travel company so that she could lead tours with her many friends. After Si’s retirement, the two of them volunteered for lengthy periods in the Ukraine, Kenya, Korea, and Costa Rica. They especially loved Costa Rica and spent more than 20 winters there.
Most importantly, Catherine was a Christian who looked forward to the resurrection to come and to being reunited with her beloved Si. She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church (USA): an ordained elder, a long-time member of the Presbytery of WNC Committee on Ministry, and an elected commissioner to the 1997 General Assembly. Catherine received honorary life memberships in the Women of the Church (1976) and Presbyterian Women (1988). She held many leadership positions in these organizations including chair/president at each level—local, presbytery, synod, general assembly and ecumenical. She participated in the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering for more than 60 years and authored a book on its history.
Cathy loved her family more than anything else in this world. She was a passionate advocate for “her boys,” and she treasured opportunities to visit and to care for grandchildren. When Si and Cathy’s health declined in 2014, she agreed to move to Parker Ridge to be near her youngest grandchildren. They had the joy and privilege of spending almost two and half years with her and being able to care for her as dementia slowly compromised her mind and body. Up until the end, she greeted her family with smiles, kisses, and hugs.
The family extends special appreciation to the staff of Parker Ridge for their loving and attentive care. Catherine is survived by one sister: Carrie Stewart Beard of Mooresville, N.C.; two sons: Stewart Vaughn of Tamassee, S.C. and his wife Joyce and Andrew Vaughn of Deer Isle, Maine and his wife Amy; five grandchildren: Christopher of Austin, Texas; Matthew of Greenville, S.C. and his wife Shelly; Isaac, Orly, and Avital Catherine of Deer Isle; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and nine siblings. May her memory be a blessing.
There will be a memorial service at Parker Ridge on Friday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering, Montreat Presbyterian Church, PO Box 577, Montreat, NC 28757; the Vaughn Scholarship Fund at Montreat College, PO Box 1267, Montreat, NC 28757; or the charity of one’s choice.