Beth Larson Demchak

March 03, 1929
- March 23, 2006

MADISON - Beth "Betty" Larson Demchak passed away Thursday evening, March 23, 2006, at her home in Madison, surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 77 years old. Betty was born March 3, 1929, in Brownville, the daughter of Albin and Elva (Beals) Larson. She was educated in the Brownville school system, graduating from Brownville Junction High School, as Salutatorian, in 1946. She moved to Madison with her parents and worked in the family restaurant where she met Leo Demchak. They married on July 21, 1947. She was a communicant and Eucharistic Minister of the St. Sebastian Church and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Betty led a full life, with raising her six children and belonging to several community and service organizations. She was a 25-year member and past president of the Madison Woman's Club, serving as treasurer for many years. She owned and operated the Spence & Co. clothing store in Madison. She was a past member of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, and worked as office manager for a local insurance agency until her retirement in 1992. For many years, Betty and Leo enjoyed traveling, spending the winter months with friends and family in Florida, and playing golf. One of their most memorable trips was to Hawaii. She played bridge every Friday with "the girls," who were several of her closest and special friends. She especially enjoyed her flower gardens, decorating her home for the holidays, and being in the "happy corner" of her kitchen, cooking for her family. During her illness, she would share her special prayers and offer guidance and strength to others afflicted with the disease. Betty encouraged others to always look for the silver lining in the dark cloud. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. "Nana" had a special mission given to her after the death of two of her children's spouses; she lovingly accepted the challenge of guiding two grandchildren, Susan and Scott, into adulthood. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years; her six children and their spouses, Robert and Margaret Demchak of Anson, Christine and Peter Cough of Madison, Joanne and John Gatcombe of Waldoboro, Richard and Marie-Ann Demchak of Allenstown, N.H., David and Kareen Demchak of Wilmington, Del., James and Selena Demchak of Benton. Betty was very close to her children, and her 11 grandchildren, Susan Matthews, Andrea Tremel, Scott, Aaron, Adam, Jay, Cyanne, Renee, and Jakob Demchak; Nicki Wilson and Cindy Joseph; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Dorothy Sawtelle of Hudson, Mass., Donna Pease of Inverness, Fla., Moneda "Bunny" Worster of Madison; her brother, Fred Larson of Phoenix, Ariz.; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Betty was pre-deceased by her parents and her sister, Marilyn Sabol, of Rochester, N.Y. The family is deeply appreciative of the doctors and nurses at the Thayer Hospital, especially the staff of Oncology and Three North, the Home Health Care and Hospice Volunteers as well as all of the cards and prayers from everyone. Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, Main Street, Madison. Betty was very appreciative of all the kind deeds done for her and her husband by the members of the Catholic Youth Group over the years. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Catholic Youth Group, care of Cindy Kalagher, 26 Gray St., Madison, ME 04950.

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