Mary Graves Heath

September 15, 1915
- August 20, 2007

MILO - Mary Graves Heath, daughter of Gordon Perley and Mary Ann (Applebee) Graves, died Aug. 20, 2007, surrounded by her family, at Cummings Health Care Facility, Howland, after a short illness. Mary was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Brownville Junction. She loved the years she spent growing up on the family farm that her grandparents had purchased in the late 1800s. She was a member of the graduating Class of 1933 of Brownville Junction High School. On Feb. 17, 1939, she married Winfield "Bill" H. Heath of Milo. Mary worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a nursing technician for about 15 years, a job she truly enjoyed, but most of her life was spent raising her two children at her Milo home and caring for her father-in-law, who lived there as well. Her home was always full of neighborhood children. Her spare time was spent planting and caring for her perennial flower gardens and enjoying the outdoors, picking apples and strawberries, sitting on her favorite rock at Schoodic Point, and spending time at camp on Schoodic Lake. She often accompanied her husband while he fished and the family went on picnics. She enjoyed eating out and driving her car, which she began to do after learning to drive at about age 54. She drove others to appointments when they had no transportation and shared rides to work in Bangor with those who could not drive. Her main leisure pastime was reading and she read many books every week, a faithful patron of the local library. Even after her vision was poor, she read books by the hour with a bright light to read by. She is survived by one son, William Gordon Heath of Medway; one daughter and her husband, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Lufkin and Gerald of East Millinocket; one brother, John Graves and wife, Joyce, of Bangor; a granddaughter, Lori Jean Melvin and husband, Scott, of Orrington; two great-granddaughters, Courtney Jean and Olivia Mary Melvin of Orrington; and a grandson, George Lufkin of Medway. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends, including a special friend, Lori L'Heureux. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Winfield in 1968; two sisters, Nella Holmberg of Worcester, Mass., and Phoebe Phinney of Brownville Junction; and four brothers, Clouse; infant brothers, twins, Don and Roy and Walter, all of Brownville Junction. Friends are invited to call 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may send contributions in Mary's memory to the Milo Free Public Library, P.O. Box 218, Milo, ME 04463.

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