HALLOWELL - Ruth Olive Rowell Taverner, formerly of Augusta, died Dec. 28, 2012, at her residence. Olive was born July 8, 1921, in Cranston, R.I., the daughter of Theodore Earl Rowell and Bessie (Lowe) Rowell.
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A graduate of Thomaston High School, she went to the University of Maine, where she graduated with the class of 1943. In 1961 Olive received a Master of Arts degree in public address and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Society. She taught grades one through 12 at various times during her career. She spent the last five years before her retirement at Cony High School, Augusta.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Theodore G. Taverner and his wife, Marina, of Arlington, Va., and her children, Marel, of Arlington, Va., Elmar of the Philippines and Frederic W. Taverner and his wife, Peggy, of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Taverner of Concord, Mass.; and a niece, Dr. Nancy Adelman of Kensington, Md. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Donald V. Taverner; an infant daughter, Margaret Elizabeth; and a brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Gilbert Y. Taverner.
Friends may visit 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A celebration of Olive's life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Green Street United Methodist Church, 13 Green St., Augusta. Donations in Olive's memory may be made to Green Street United Methodist Building Fund, 13 Green St., Augusta, ME 04330 or the Donald V. Taverner Senior Alumni Scholarship for Non-traditional Students, One Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A complete obituary may be viewed and condolences, photos and stories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 3, 2013