Phyllis Ellen (Freeland) Allaire

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FALMOUTH and BANGOR - Phyllis Ellen (Freeland) Allaire, 99, wife of the late Arthur S. Allaire, died Jan. 8, 2013, at Hawthorne House, Freeport. She was born July 1913, in Barre, Vt., to Andrew and Mary Ellen (Ryder) Freeland.

Phyllis graduated from Spaulding High School. True to the industry of the area, she worked first for E. L. Smith Quarry and later for Rock of Ages Corp. Her marriage to Arthur Allaire in 1952 precipitated her relocation to Bangor, where he managed the Opera House. In 1963 she accompanied him to Medford, Mass., which she called "home" for 45 years, until returning to live in Maine again in 2010. Phyllis was a stalwart Yankee-woman, who enjoyed the working years of her life as much as the more social years of her retirement. She was an avid line dancer, a communicant and group participant at Grace Episcopal Church, Medford, Mass., and truly enjoyed the sociability at Gilmore Court, Jaffrey, N.H., throughout her residency there.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Arthur; and a sister, Andrewina. Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Kay-Susan Geikie and husband, Duncan, of Falmouth; two grandsons, James Geikie and wife, Sherrie, of Raleigh, N.C., and Craig Geikie and wife, Heather, of Cape Elizabeth; a granddaughter, Kirsten Lord and her husband, James, of Newfields, N.H.; five great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons, as well as two nieces and a nephew. Her family thanks the staff at Hawthorne House for their good care and encouragement during the past year.

A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 12, 2013
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