Lillian A. Herring

September 17, 1912
- February 10, 2010

DOVER-FOXCROFT AND SEBEC - Lillian A. Herring, 97, wife of the late J. Kenneth Herring, passed into the arms of her beloved Savior Feb. 10, 2010, at a local nursing home, with her loving family by her side. She was born Sept. 17, 1912, in Blanchard, the daughter of Arthur and Katherine (Davies) Ames. She graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1931 and Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, Boston, in 1934. She worked at Mayo Memorial Hospital from its inception in 1936 until 1943 as a general duty nurse, and served as the hospital administrator from 1943-1951. After her resignation as administrator, she continued to do private duty nursing part time for several years. She was a member of the GFWC/Miosac Club for 71 years having served on numerous committees. In 1949, a dream of a maternity wing at Mayo Hospital was realized as Lill and the Miosac gals spearheaded a campaign to raise money for this project. She was a member of Dover-Foxcroft Nurse's Guild and Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society. She was a member of Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church for 85 years during which time she was a Sunday school teacher, financial secretary and the wearer of many other hats. She enjoyed serving her Lord in numerous ways throughout her life. She has held the Boston Post Cane from Sebec as the oldest resident since June 2007. Lill was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her pets and enjoyed watching the birds at the feeders and the wildlife that came frequently into her backyard. One of her fondest places to be was at camp on Sebec Lake. She enjoyed reading, cooking, cleaning, gardening and doing crossword puzzles. She was a wonderful nurse and caregiver, always putting the needs of others before her own. She especially enjoyed babies and children. She was known for her loving kindness to everyone she knew. To the family, she was our rock and matriarch. She will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched. To meet her once was to love her always! She is survived by a daughter, Anne Cress and her husband, Bob, of Sebec; one sister, Eunice Mountain of Dover-Foxcroft; sister-in-law, Kay Ames of Dover-Foxcroft; brother-in-law, Durward Herring and his wife, Irene, of Las Vegas; three grandchildren, Michael Nelson and his wife, Maggie, of Dover-Foxcroft, Kathy Shupe and her husband, Christopher, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Jennifer Swett and her husband, Mathew, of Carmel; four great-grandchildren, Cody Shupe, Katie and Alyssa Nelson, and Craig Armstrong; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be remembered by special friends, Laura-jean Eckard, Joyce Dean, Bob Weymouth, Matt Jackins and Dana Frasz. She was predeceased by her husband, Ken, in July 2001; three brothers, Harry, Clarence and Harold Ames; and one sister, Phyllis Berce. Friends are invited to call 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Margaret Sheffield officiating. Interment will be in the family lot at Dover Cemetery in the spring. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on February 12, 2010

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