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Earl Lauris Luce Sr. (1925-2017)

Earl Lauris Luce, Sr., 91, of Farmington passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2017. His greatest enjoyment in life was caring for his wife, Geneva, and having family close. He was born in Farmington on November 27, 1925, the son of Wesley C. and Lora Bergeron Luce. He attended Farmington schools. After High School he took over the family farm on the Holley Road during World War II where he was born and fortunate enough to live until he passed. On April 11, 1949 he married the love of his life and best friend, Geneva McKechnie of Farmington. He worked at Fred O. Smith's Mfg in New Vineyard, Virgil Starbirds in Strong, and the Town of Farmington Highway Department from which he retired. He enjoyed working in the woods. He also enjoyed dancing in his younger days, hunting of all sorts, family gatherings, riding horseback, playing cards, brook fishing and ice fishing, gardening, and puttering around on wood projects. He loved all farm animals. He also had hunting dogs of all breeds, last of which was his red tick hound, Goldie, who he loved dearly and spent his last days in the garage with him looking out over his garden.
A special thanks to Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice for their care during Earl's final days.
He is survived by five children: Earlene Miller of Wilton; Earl (Duffer) Luce of New Vineyard, Weslene Marble and husband, Richard of Farmington, Debra Durrell and husband Peter of Farmington, and Wesley (Kippy) Luce and companion Amy of Boothbay. 9 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren: Earl was predeceased by his wife, Geneva, his parents, his brother Lauris and sisters Irene Harnden, Dorothy Gould, Eleanor Parlin, a son-in-law Alton Miller, and grandson Isreal Luce.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Donations in his memory can be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Road, Farmington, Maine 04938.  Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court Street, Farmington, Maine. Condolences may be sent for the family at

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Marilyn Nora Neal (1943-2017)

NEW SHARON -- Marilyn B. Neal, 74, of New Sharon died on Saturday, June 3, at  home.  Her husband and sons were with her.

Marilyn was born on April 9, 1943, in Wichita, Kas.  She was adopted by Mary and Art Bower of Fairview, Okla., who reared and nurtured her.  Marilyn graduated in 1961 from Fairview High School and in 1969 from the University of Missouri - Kansas Citywith a degree in theater.  She also attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., Oklahoma City University and the University of Tulsa.  When she embarked on a semester at the University of the Seven Seas, she found her life's mate, Bob Neal, whose sister had been her best friend at William Woods.

She and Bob married on July 3, 1965.  They had two sons, Robbie and Chris.  Through 15 nomadic years, Marilyn and the family lived in Kansas City, Montreal, Allentown, Pa., and Oxford and Warren, Ohio. When Bob discovered he had a farming gene, they settled in 1980 in New Sharon.  In 1986, Marilyn and Bob shifted the farm's emphasis to Turkeys, and they built it into Maine's largest Turkey farm.  They retired in 2015. While they built up the farm, Marilyn was the family's major breadwinner for 13 years, looking after records and staffing at a home-health agency. She also worked at Hathaway Shirt and at Keyes Fibre, both in Waterville. The farm was strong enough by 2005 that she could "retire."  But there was still a house to run, and she also became the farm's maker of Turkey pies.  Rising sales proved that no one made Turkey pies better than Marilyn.  She also helped vaccinate Turkeys, serve customers and help at farmers markets and fairs.

Just before she retired from home health, Marilyn found her birth family and spent a  week getting to know four half-sisters in the Pacific Northwest.  Marilyn was diagnosed in 2007 with advanced ovarian cancer.  With surgery, chemo and prayer she fought for nearly a decade.  In April, she chose to end treatment and accept that it was time to go.

At the New Sharon Congregational Church, Marilyn was a deacon and then a trustee  and was its musician.  She served nearly 15 years on the New Sharon Library Board and was deputy town clerk/collector until the cancer made work too difficult.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Neal, and by sons Robert B. Neal of New Sharon and Christopher A. Neal of Portland and daughter in-law Rachel Cormier of Portland.  She also leaves a brother, Bruce (Linda) Bower, of Bethany, Okla.; half-sisters Mikell Adair of East Wenatchee, Wash.; Troy May of Broadbent, Ore.; Lesley Porter of Redmond, Wash.; and Jamie Gunn of Beaverton, Ore.; a dear cousin Noel Frederici of Oklahoma City; sisters- and brothers-in-law Elizabeth and Don Neitz of West Melbourne, Fla., and Carol Hannah and Bill Piper of Rice Lake, Wis., two nieces and four nephews.   

Marilyn and her family thank Dr. Christopher Darus and Nurse Practitioner Hans Bowder at Maine Medical and the nurses and CNAs at the I.V. therapy center, all in Scarborough, who helped Marilyn through nearly 10 years of cancer, and the nurses at Androscoggin Hospice who helped care for her during her final two weeks. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at the Congregational vestry on the Cape Cod Hill Road in New Sharon.  A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Marcia Charles at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the New Sharon Congregational Church.  A reception will be held at the Vestry after the memorial service.  Anyone who wishes may donate in Marilyn's name to the New Sharon Congregational Church UCC. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmongton. Condolences may be sent for the family at

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Ava May Bumpus (1933-2017)

Ava May (Hutchinson) Bumpus, 83, of Albany TWP. passed away peacefully Sunday May 28th, 2017, at Edgewood Rehab and Living Center in Farmington.

She was born in Farmington June 27th, 1933 to Frances M (Reed) Hutchinson and Ralph "Cuvier" Hutchinson.

As an only child, she grew up helping her dad work in the woods by driving a team of work horses. Ava attended schools in Farmington. She loved riding horses, hunting and fishing. 

She met and married Edwin C. Bumpus, son of Annie and Harlan Bumpus of Albany Twp, on April 22nd, 1951. Edwin joined the army shortly afterwards, and in September 1952, their only child, Beth, was born.  Ava was able to travel with Edwin to duty stations in Panama and Okinawa during his career in the army.

In the mid-60's they purchased the "farm" in New Sharon which was "home" over the years, she worked as a waitress, and at Farmington Laundry, and Farmington Shoe Shop.

In 1990 they moved to Albany Twp. where she pursued her interest in yard sales and antiques.  She looked  forward to "setting up" at the Fryeburg flea market every summer.  Perhaps her favorite times were the weeks she spent with her friend Glennys going to Farmington Fair and taking her camper to the Fryeburg fair.  

Ava was predeceased by her parents, Frances and Cuvier, and many special cousins, her husband Edwin of 51 years, passed away in 2002. She is survived by a daughter Beth Hartford of Albany Twp, and a very loyal life long friend, Glennys Savage of Temple, Maine.  

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 11:00am,  at the East Bethel Cemetery, in East Bethel, Maine.    Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington.  Friends wishing may make a donation in her name to the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Rd. Farmington, ME 04938. 

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Jolene Ruth Gatchell (1960-2017)

Jolene Ruth Gatchell, 56 of Chesterville passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1960 in Norway the daughter of Leslie and Geraldine Gatchell. She graduated from Rumford High School in 1979. Jolene went to work for G.H. Bass for many years until they closed, then for various call centers. She then worked at the Falls General Store until her retirement in 2015 due to ill health. She enjoyed cooking, being outside, and most of all visiting with most of her friends and family. 

She is survived by her only child and best friend, her daughter Allison A. Watson and partner Brittany Berkey; her parents Leslie and Geraldine; her sister Jennifer Gatchell of Rumford; two brothers David and Gregory Gatchell both of Peru; nephews Adam and Kaleb Gatchell; niece Amora; and many aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by her partner Reggie Watson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 12-2pm at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington immediately followed by a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at

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Philip R. Brennan (1943-2017)

Philip R. Brennan died unexpectedly on May 27, 2017 at the age of 73 in Farmington, ME.  He was born on December 1, 1943 in Concord, MA, the son of the late Clyde and Virginia Brennan.

He completed an Associate’s Degree from Cape Cod Community College, worked with Vetorino Brothers Construction Company, and served in the Army National Guard. He married Miriam L. Cahoon in West Barnstable, MA on Sept. 18, 1965.

In 1976, the family moved to Farmington where Phil designed and built their home and worked as a private contractor with Donald Ayer in Temple. Phil later established Brennan’s Creative Woodwork, producing furniture made of antique wood and selling his creations at both West Barnstable Tables in MA and The Sugarwood Gallery in Farmington of which he was one of the founders.

He could often be found in the garden with Mim, or enjoying his extended family during the traditional Friday night pizza and the annual family camp week. Phil also could be found in the dome restoring antique cars and even building a speedster. He had a great variety of skills that he readily shared and was a lifelong learner.

Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Miriam, his daughters Laura Campion and her husband Michael of Kittery, ME, Joanna Backman and her husband Carl of Temple, ME, his grandchildren Ryan and Julia Campion, Michael Tatu, Lauren Beale and Alexaiya Backman as well as three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother Steven Brennan and wife Michele of Industry, ME as well as several nieces and nephews. Phil had an extensive group of friends that he cherished.

At Phil’s request, there will be no services. Those that wish to, can make a donation in Phil’s memory to Maine Woodland Owners Assoc. (SWOAM), PO Box 836, Augusta, ME  04332-0836 or the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20006 attn: Donor Services. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at

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