Laura Elizabeth (McClure) Buck

Sep 3, 1923 - Aug 9, 2017

Laura Elizabeth's Story

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Stillwater - Laura Elizabeth (McClure) Buck passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at her home in Stillwater, Maine. The daughter of Cora Alice and Ralph McClure was born in Highland County, Ohio, and raised on the family farm outside Berrysville, Ohio. After college she went on to teach music in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she met, and in 1948, married her husband Charles Buck. They subsequently moved to Maine where Charles took a faculty position at the University of Maine.
Both were involved in the community; Elizabeth always made time to bake for church and school events, and was known to join her sons in riding the toboggan down the hill in the winter. She was a self employed as a piano teach for a number of years and was also involved in the church choir and teaching Sunday-school. After moving to their home on Bennoch Road, Elizabeth became increasingly involved in making jewelry from natural rocks from Maine and other locations. She and Charles became fixtures for many years at a number of rock shows in Maine each summer, selling jewelry, mineral specimens and rough-cut rocks, many of which were collected on trips out west to North Dakota, Montana, and Oregon. Later she served as summer curator for the Old Town museum, which was initially housed in an old pump house near the Penobscot River before it had a permanent home. She also worked with Charles to turn the McClure family farm in Ohio into a tree farm, which they both loved and where both she and Charles spent time each spring and fall until Charles' death in 2012.
She will join her husband Charles in the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, Ohio. She is survived by her sons, Mark, Robert and Charles. Other surviving family members include her grandson David.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono, with the Rev. Lorna Grenfell, minister, celebrant.
All are invited to share conversation and refreshments in the church fellowship hall, immediately following the service.
Should you wish to honor Mrs. Buck with a donation, feel free to send your gift to the Robert Mullen Fund c/o Bangor Vet Center, 368 Harlow St., Bangor, ME. This fund helps Maine Veterans in need.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  August 12, 2017
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