Gladyce Baker Stais

Nov 12, 1930 - Oct 11, 2017

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Scarborough - Gladyce Stais, 86, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2017 in Scarborough, ME with her family nearby. She was born on November 12, 1930 in Orrington, ME, where her family had roots in the area dating back to the 1700s.
After graduating from Bangor High School, Gladyce earned a B.A in Spanish at the University of Maine and a Master's degree from the University of Iowa.
She landed a job in the Modern Language Department at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where her future husband, Jim, was department chair. The couple moved to western Massachusetts, where their sons Alec and Matt were born. Their next move was to Hempstead, NY, where Jim became head of the Language Department at Adelphi University, and their third son Tony was born. After their sons went to school, Gladyce went back to her first love, teaching, working primarily at North Shore Junior and Senior High Schools. She taught Spanish and social studies.
Jim's sabbaticals provided many opportunities for adventure, including two summer road trips to Mexico and an eight-month tour of 20 European countries with their boys, then aged ages eight, six and five. After Jim passed away in 1984, Gladyce continued to teach and travel. In 1985, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study and travel in Peru. In her lifetime, she travelled to all seven continents and visited over seventy-five countries, including an African safari, an Antarctic expedition, hiking the Everest Trail in Nepal, and volunteering in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.
After retiring in 1992, Gladyce moved to southern Maine where she enjoyed a very full and active life. She loved the outdoors, and was an active golfer, hiker, and cross-country skier. Also, for years she put her prodigious language skills to good use teaching English to students in Portland's immigrant community.
Gladyce is also survived by her brother Alan Baker of Orrington, ME, as well as daughters-in-law Elissa Burke, Kiersten Stais, Marcie Holland, and granddaughters Elizabeth, Meredith, Shelby, Alexis, and Beatrix Stais, and many friends and colleagues. Her independent mind, fierce spirit, kindness and generosity will be remembered and cherished by all those who knew and loved her. A celebration of her life is planned for December 2nd in Portland, Maine.
Published on  November 1, 2017
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