- Muriel J. (Waltz) Grover (Mama, Mother G, Grammie Mur, Mim) ended her life's journey on a sunny Sunday morning November 6, 2016, after a brief experience with lung cancer; with her six girls by her side the entire way. Her journey began August 2, 1924, in Portland, Maine, the oldest of 6 children of Wilmot W. and Hannah B. (Chapman) Waltz.
Our Mother spent a lot of her childhood days with her very special grandmother, Agnes. Her family moved to the Waltz homestead in Passadumkeag in 1934. Mama attended the Passadumkeag School and moved into the dorm at Lee Academy as a freshman, where her love of basketball began, and she played on the team there. She graduated in 1941, at the young age of 16. She met many life-long friends and went back year after year for the annual Lee Academy reunion, this past summer she celebrated her 75th class reunion. She is one of the last graduates of her class to pass away.
Music has been a big part of Mama's life; she learned to play the piano at the age of 6 and continued playing throughout her life at home, church, and other social gatherings. The first song she learned was "In the Sweet By and By" which remained a favorite, along with "It Is Well With My Soul". Mama became involved in the Pine Island 4-H Club as a young girl, learning to cook and sew; she won a trip to the National 4-H Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1942. She was the leader of the "Busy Bee 4-H Club" from 1958-1963, and she taught many young girls her passion of cooking and sewing. Over the years, our Mother won countless awards and ribbons for her sewing, handiwork and cooking skills.
Mama was never one to waste time sitting idle. Even as a young girl she spent many summers in Rockwood and Southport cleaning and cooking at the camps. She worked at the Atlas Plywood in Howland, where she met her future husband, Glenn.
In her adult life, Mama was a gardener. She loved tending her flower and vegetable gardens and provided floral bouquets to beautify the church sanctuary during the summer and fall. She was an avid berry picker and made thousands of jams and jellies over the years. Later in life, (even this past summer) Mama would take a blanket and lay in the berry patch rather than stoop over! She was known for her cooking skills and peanut butter, penuchi, and divinity fudge were her specialties along with her Apple Salad! Doing puzzles, whether jigsaw, crossword, or word searches kept her mind sharp! She spent hours reading her Bible.
Family was very important to Mother G. She married Joseph Glenn Grover on September 7, 1947. They had six girls and lived in Howland until 1968, when they relocated to Passadumkeag. Mama and Daddy celebrated 25 years of marriage until his untimely and sudden death in 1973. She was a stay-at-home mom except for her spring and summer work at the Tree Nursery in Greenbush, and after Dad's passing, she began her career at the United States Post Office, starting out in Passadumkeag as a relief clerk and moving on to West Enfield where she eventually retired as Post Master in 1990, soon after the new office opened. She enjoyed meeting and talking to the patrons each day!
Mama was a very social person. She was involved in numerous organizations over the years. She was a member of Howland Baptist Church before moving her membership to Passadumkeag where she served as church clerk and was pianist right to the end. She attended the Ladies Mission Circle as well. She was a 70-year member of the State and National Grange beginning as a Charter member of Passadumkeag Grange #586, past member of Point Passadumkeag Grange #417, and member of Amadamast Grange and Pamona, and the Passadumkeag Historical Society. She attended the Merrymakers Christmas Club in Passadumkeag and "Club 16". She belonged to Lee Graham Auxiliary Post #97 and served as President, Secretary, and Chaplain as well as a member of the Farm Bureau Extension. She was an RSVP Volunteer at Cummings Health Care for countless years where she spent many hours playing the piano, reading, visiting, or playing games with the residents and was recognized repeatedly over the years for her volunteerism.
Our Mother won countless Community Service Awards for her dedication and outstanding commitment to volunteering in her community. She was awarded the Beta Gama Sorority "Lady of the Year" in 2007. She attended Meals for Me and Best Years Club in Howland and especially enjoyed the numerous group day trips they took. She loved sports! She could be found at most home games at the local Penobscot Valley High School, whether in the car for baseball or soccer, or in the stands at basketball games and even at The Bangor Auditorium or the new Cross Center. She followed Maine Hockey and basketball and attended many games at the Alfond, watched it on TV or listened to it on radio! Mama was also an avid Red Sox fan, and attended several games at Fenway Park, she recently received a "Fan Package" and letter from them at the beginning of her illness!
Being the "matriarch" of both the Waltz and Grover families, she knew more history than anyone and people were always calling on "Aunt Muriel" for an address, a recipe, or other information. She was very proud of each of her six girls and especially loved to hear them all singing together as the "Grover Girls." She enjoyed the monthly "sister" gatherings with her daughters as well as her daily phone conversations with her sister Helen and continued to write her letters each week! Mama was truly an amazing woman; she always remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and gave a gift to every family member at Christmas, which was her favorite holiday! Her renowned signature of "Love Always, Mother G" could be found inside any card sent to her daughters.
She was a faithful servant to God and her faith in her Lord and Savior sustained her over the years. Her favorite Bible verses were Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God", Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me", and Phil 1:21 "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" and she lived out these verses in her daily life.
Mama's life was full and rewarding right to the end. She was predeceased by her special Grandmother and her Parents; as well as husband, Glenn, and siblings, Evelyn and Mavor Clark and Robert Waltz. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her six daughters and their husbands and families: Sandra and Randy Hatch, Barbara and Jim Seeley, Pauline and Bill Hall, Verna and Mark Boyington, Glenda and Kenton Crosby, and Sheila and Steve Clements, as well as 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She also leaves siblings, Helen Waltz, Wesley and Ella Waltz, and Harold and Judy Waltz; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Waltz, along with nieces, nephews, cousins, her church family, and dear friends.
We thank the hundreds of friends who sent cards and words of encouragement as well as the visits to Mama during these last few weeks of her life; it brightened her spirits and ours as well and was the highlight of her day. We love and thank you, "Our Mother G".
Our family invites you to visit at the Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln, Maine Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.; the funeral service is Thursday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. led by Pastors Jack Caron and Dale Chasse. Burial will follow at the Gould's Ridge Cemetery in Passadumkeag. A luncheon will be held at the Howland Baptist Church reception hall immediately after the burial.
Mama adored flowers, however, if you'd rather make a donation in her memory, please do so to WHCF Christian Radio Station and/or The Passadumkeag Historical Society. Donations may be left at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at clayfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 8, 2016