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Patricia G. Scull

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NORTHEAST HARBOR - Patricia G. Scull, 94, died peacefully Oct. 1, 2012, at her home. She was born July 25, 1918, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Patrick and Marie (Disston) Grant.

Trishie, as she was known to her many friends, was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She and her husband David met, fell in love and were married on Mount Desert Island, in the same church where her memorial service will be held July 20, 2013. She was a leader in many organizations, including the Garden Club of MDI, Cranberry Club, Maine Sea Coast Mission, St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Friends of Acadia, plus many more. She had a deep affection for the forests and shores of her beloved island, and was active in their protection and conservation. She is credited with helping recover an endangered plant Iris hookerei, which she accomplished by gathering seeds on Moose Island, germinating them in her basement and then replanting them on the island where they thrive today. She enjoyed her slightly risque nickname "the Happy Hooker" as a result of her work. Many of her friends may not know that she was a private's wife at Fort Benning, Ga., in the year after Pearl Harbor, and was left with a young son when husband David went to Europe as part of the allied armies after D-day. She lived in Laredo, Texas, after the war where they farmed along the Rio Grande. Returning to the East Coast in 1948, they farmed on the eastern shore of Maryland, before moving full time to Northeast Harbor in the early '70s.

In her house on Somes Sound she developed and nurtured lovely gardens that earned many accolades and were featured in several publications on New England gardens, and coastal floriculture. The house saw many parties, weddings, receptions and excellent dinners for friends and visitors, including fireworks viewing that became a yearly tradition in the community. Her children and grandchildren would come for stays during the summer, where she was a mentor and teacher to them all, especially in appreciation of the natural world that surrounded her.

On the evening of her death, her son and daughter-in-law witnessed a sudden display of the Aurora Borealis that ascended to the dome of the sky. So sudden and dramatic that it surely in some way represented her spirit ascending into the universe. A fitting goodbye for an extraordinary life.

Trishie is survived by her children, Eliot Scull and wife, Tina, of Wenatchee, Wash., Marie "Maya" Morriss and husband, Hugo, of England and David Scull of Southwest Harbor; grandchildren, Grant Scull and Jennifer Mackay, and David and Ellen Scull; and great-grandchildren Samantha and Sophia Scull, and Eliot and Owen Mackay. She was predeceased by her husband, David, Aug. 3, 1989.

A celebration of Trishie's life will be held July 20, 2013. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Northeast Harbor, with her husband, David. Those who desire may make contributions in Trishie's memory to Wild Gardens of Acadia, care of Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609; Northeast Harbor Library, P.O. Box 279, Northeast Harbor, ME 04609 or Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Oct. 6, 2012
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