Avis Murial Bowers Bradbury Noyes, 98, of Lee, passed away peacefully, October 8, 2016, in Lincoln. She was born December 31, 1917, in Lowell, the daughter of Bernice Douglas Bowers and Vernon Bowers. Avis was raised in Lowell and moved to Burlington, with her family, when she was a teenager. She often spoke of attending school in a one room classroom in Lowell where many days she would walk to school in blustery, wintery weather, but it never deterred her from showing up everyday. When Avis's family moved to Burlington in 1931, the family was very excited to be moving into a large house with indoor plumbing. Avis was one of 7 children, and as the oldest daughter, she was a mother figure to the younger children.
When Avis was in high school, she attended Lee Academy in Lee, and lived in the dormitories all four years. She worked for half of her board by doing such work as kitchen prep, washing the dishes and waiting on tables during meal times. While in high school, Avis was an accomplished athlete, and was a star basketball player. Upon graduation, Avis married Albert Bradbury of Burlington, in 1937. They had two children together, Douglas Leigh and Dean Albert. In 1957, Albert opened a filling station in Lee, and he and Avis built a home across the street, where she lived until 2016. Avis helped Albert run the business until his death in October, 1961. She continued running the business herself after Albert's death, and she proved to be a very capable business woman. Avis married Russell Noyes in December of 1965, and became the step-mother to his adult children, Bonita Lee and Russell Lester Noyes.
Avis was a much beloved grandmother to Karen Bradbury-Drapeau, Daniel Bradbury, and to step-grandchildren, Lorri Curran, Mary Curran, Jennifer Karszes, Heidi Ceglady, Lorelei Barclay and Russ Noyes. Avis's grandchildren are fond of telling stories about the games that "Grammy" would play with them in the front yard, including baseball, "haley over," occasional skateboarding, and croquet. Another favorite story was the time that she and the grandkids made apple sauce, and then the kids convinced her to serve only apple sauce and biscuits for dinner (much to the chagrin of Grampy). She was always a loving, fun, and spirited grandmother who meant everything to all of her grandchildren. Avis had several passions in her life, including her family, her church (she was an active and devoted member of the Lee Baptist Church), and she played a "mean" game of golf. Avis fondly recalled an "almost" whole in one with just inches to spare, plus she had many fond memories of Scramble games of golf in her winter home town of Zephyrhills, Florida, where she and Russell wintered for 39 years. Avis was also an avid and accomplished Scrabble Player, and she would challenge anyone willing to try their hand with this "pro" and she was devoted to her morning cross word puzzles, which she typically finished every day.
Avis was predeceased by her parents, her son Douglas, her husbands Albert Bradbury and Russell Noyes, as well as her siblings, Leeman Bowers, Linwood Bowers and Lillian Priest. She leaves behind a large family who adored her: son, Dean Bradbury and her daughter-in-law, Frances, her grandchildren (mentioned above), her great grandchildren, Abigail and Noah Drapeau, as well as her step-grandchildren, Brett Barclay, Ericka and Travis Shank, Jackson, Spencer and Joseph Karses, Max Kuhn, Emma Ceglady, and Grace Noyes. Avis had 3 great-great grandchildren: Kayleigh, Vinnie and Gavin Shank, brothers, Vernon Bowers Jr, and Glendon Bowers and sister, Lucretia Leen. The world is just a little bit sadder today without the presence of the most wonderful, caring, generous, and truly loved woman who was our mother, grandmother, sister and friend. And, the world is a whole lot better for having known Avis Noyes. We love you.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, October 15, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln, with the Rev. Mitch Bickford officiating. Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Lincoln CHCS Hospice or to Lee Baptist Church. Donations may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.clayfuneralhome.com.