MARS HILL - Louise Smith Kearney, 98, wife of the late James W. Kearney, died Nov. 26, 2012, after a brief illness. Louise was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Mars Hill, and was a lifelong resident. She was the daughter of Mary Louise and Frank J. Smith.
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Louise was a homemaker and worked with her husband on their busy potato farm. In September she was presented the Boston Post Cane, emblematic of being the town's oldest living resident.
She is survived by two sons, James H. of Mars Hill, and Frank S. and daughter-in-law, Marsha, of Bradley; and daughter, Mary Kearney and son-in-law, John Reeves, of New Hampshire and Florida. Louise was the loving grandmother of Janice, Kevin, Danielle, Hiram, Travis, Evan and Kasey; and great-grandmother of Kramer, Caleb, Samantha, Luke, Keagan, Gage, Hardin, Frankie, Kadin, Joshua, Hiram and Warrin. Louise is also survived by nieces, Elaine Hechtl of New Hampshire and Elizabeth Earle of West Sussex, Great Britain; and nephews, Steven Shaw, Roger Shaw and Harry Orser of Mars Hill. She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest Stevens; sister, Anna Shaw; and grandson, Frank S. Kearney Jr. Her family thanks the wonderful volunteers who prepared and delivered her meals each day. They also thank Dr. Nicholas for keeping their mother so healthy and content with her life. A special thank you to the staff at The Aroostook Medical Center for their caring ways while she spent her last four days in comfort care.
A celebration of her life and interment with family and friends was held Nov. 28. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to East Ridge Union Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 45, Mars Hill, ME 04758. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 1, 2012