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HAMPDEN - Faye Herrick (Flye) Clisham, age 89, passed away at her home on July 8th, 2015.

She was born at her parents' home in the little town of Brooklin, Maine on February 24, 1926, arriving before the doctor. She truly enjoyed her childhood, especially tagging along with her beloved older sister Glyneta and playing on the shore of Center Harbor. She often reminisced of how she and her sister "Neat" would enjoy spending time at the shore, swimming and exploring around the giant rock, which she referred to as "her rock". She shared many delightful stories of growing up on the coast, walking with friends to roller-skate in Sedgwick, spending time on Flye Island with her sister, (even getting caught with a campfire during the blackouts of WWII), and spending time at the family-owned store "Joyce and Flye General Store." Her last visit to Brooklin was last summer and she had the chance to see and reminisce with people at the Brooklin Keeping Society and got to enjoy a lovely visit with her childhood friend Eunice and her husband Stanley.

Faye was valedictorian of the Brooklin High School class of 1944. She joined the Cadet Nurses Corp and earned her R.N. at Eastern Maine General Hospital (now EMMC), graduating in 1948. She remained close for the rest of her life to her nursing school pals "Mose", Liz, and Ginny. Since the war ended, she did not have to serve in the military as a Cadet Nurse but spent her 32 year nursing career on the Pediatric ward at Eastern Maine General Hospital/Eastern Maine Medical Center where staff fondly knew her as "Faysie", working alongside her dear friend and fellow R.N. Rita Husson.

In 1951, she enjoyed a wonderful trip to Anchorage, Alaska, truly a trip of a lifetime.

On November 3, 1956 she married William James Clisham of Bangor. Her son Andrew M. Clisham was born in 1959 and her daughter Peggy Faye Clisham was born in 1965.

Faye was predeceased by her parents Leonell "Lee" A. Flye and Laura Mae (Joyce) Flye, as well as her beloved sister Glyneta Mae (Flye) Andrews and brother-in-law George "Junior" Andrews. She became the last of the Flye line in her family as she didn't have brothers to carry on the family name. Faye was also predeceased by her husband of almost 25 years, William James Clisham, in 1981.

She was a very hard worker and very dedicated to her work and her family. She retired from EMMC in 1991 shortly after her first grandchild, Jarrod H. Brown, was born, who renamed her as "Nanny." Her granddaughter, Kelcie N. Brown was born in 1997 on her big brother's birthday.

Faye was a wonderful role model for her family with her true foundation of unconditional love. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bangor and the Brooklin Baptist Church. She always enjoyed going to church with her sister-in-law Evelyn Clisham and sitting in the same pew every week with the other ladies.

Faye always had a positive outlook and took great joy in the little things in life, such as birds chirping, cute pictures of babies and animals, a hot cup of morning coffee, her "favorite" color purple and the beautiful "Faye blue" sky. Activities she enjoyed were tackling the Bangor Daily News crossword puzzle each day, going to the concerts of the Bangor Band and the Brewer Hometown band. In the past few months, she has truly enjoyed her weekly Scrabble games with hospice volunteer (and new best friend) Martha. She always enjoyed having people stop by to visit her and she will especially miss her visits with Jack, Jamie, Tim the mailman, and her phone calls with dear friends and family.

She is survived by her son, Andrew M. Clisham of Bangor, daughter Peggy F. Brown of Gray, grandchildren Jarrod H. Brown of Portland, Kelcie N. Brown of Gray, sister-in-law Evelyn Clisham, niece and husband Betty & Glenn Simpson, nephews Bob, Steve and Jackie Clisham, and niece Nota Carter and family of Brooklin.

Her family wishes to mention a great thank you to Hospice of Eastern Maine, Alicia Grant & Brandi of Hampden Family Medical, and Hampden Rescue EMT's for their wonderful care and concern. In the last few months, she was under exceptional 24 hour care by Natasha and Kim of Dignity Care who became precious companions. The family also sends a giant heartfelt thank you to neighbors Ron and Cheryl Lare for all of their assistance, watchfulness, and concern over many, many years.

A beautiful life ended in a peaceful way at home with her hands held by her children, as she went her way -with love- back to her father God.

A graveside service will take place 2 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the Superintendent's Lodge at Mount Hope Cemetery, State Street entrance at 1:45 p.m. for processional to the graveside. Those who wish to remember Faye in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Pediatric Ward of EMMC, c/o EMMC Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or the Brooklin Keeping Society, 23 Bay Road, Brooklin, ME 04616. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  July 11, 2015
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