Mary Verna Stevens

INDIAN TOWNSHIP - Mary Verna Stevens, 72, passed away with her family by her side Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln. Verna was born Nov. 28, 1939, in Pleasant Point, the daughter of the late Newell and Christina (Mitchell) Tomah.

She worked various jobs in her life but raising her children was her favorite. Verna enjoyed traveling, playing Bingo, crocheting, knitting, basket and wreath making and cooking.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Glenda Folster Francis. Surviving are five children, Denise Polches and her husband, Chris, of Indian Township, Danielle Taylor of Tucson, Ariz., Newell Owens of Pleasant Point, Samuel Gilbert of Pleasant Point, and Ira Gilbert of Indian Township; 14 grandchildren, Tara, Daniel, Gerald, Heather, Dachelle, Michael, Alexis, Simone, Felicia, Nipawset, Malsom, Gloria, Athusoss, and Cihpolakon; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Asa; one sister, Alvera Farrell of Pleasant Point; two brothers, Francis "Frank" Tomah and his wife, Frances, of Indian Township, and Newell Tomah and his wife, Linda, of New York; and many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Verna's life was held at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, with Rev. James Plourde celebrant. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 15, 2012