Mary Margaret Drew

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HOULTON - Mary Margaret Drew, 91, died May 11, 2013, in Caribou. She was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Lansing, Mich., daughter of Martin and Anna (Dickinson) Clark.

After receiving her college teaching certificate in 1942, Mary joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, WAAC, Jan. 21, l943. July 3, l943, the new Women's Army Corps, WAC, was formed, transitioning the members to work for the U.S. Army. Mary became one of the pioneer service members of that organization. She was honorably discharged May 30, l944. Her awards and decorations include the Good Conduct Medal and the Women's Army Corps Service Medal. Mary met and married her husband, Paul, in Texas, and in l946 moved to Paul's hometown of Houlton, where they raised their family. Mary and Paul, also a U.S. Army veteran, owned and operated a small family store in Houlton called Drew's Filling Station. The family was proud of their military service and all three of their children served in the U.S. Navy. The Drew's were married for 60 years. Mary volunteered for several organizations including fundraising for the American Red Cross, Houlton library and she counted ballots during elections. She was also very interested in genealogy and could trace her family back to the 1800s. In 2008 Mary moved from Houlton to Maine Veteran's Home, Caribou. She attended most of the home's daily activities and enjoyed being with the staff and her fellow veterans. She was recently designated April Veteran of the Month.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Paul Drew and wife, Bonnie Lee, of Presque Isle, Gary Drew of Mansfield Center, Conn., and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Reynolds and husband, Thomas, of Jennings, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Clark of Grand Ledge, Mich.; and sister, Norene Miller of Lansing, Mich. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; sister, Rosalie O'Conner; and brother, Douglas Clark.

Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton, with the Rev. Kenneth Fox officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Red Cross, 7 Hatch Drive #250, Caribou, ME 04736. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.
Published in BDN Maine on May 14, 2013
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