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BANGOR AND BAR HARBOR - Diana S. Gordon passed away on February 21, 2015, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, after a short illness. She was born in Bangor on June 26, 1933, the daughter of Paul Clayton Springer and Morita (Pickard) Springer. After attending the Veazie Grammar School, she graduated from Bangor High School and from the University of Maine, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, later serving as the advisor to that sorority chapter. She was married in 1965 to Harry Wight Gordon, born in Bar Harbor and later of Orono; he passed away in 1978.

After graduating from UMO, she worked for a number of years in the University's Office of the Treasurer. Most of her subsequent career was spent at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, beginning as coordinator of volunteers and then assuming the post of overall risk manager for the hospital, until her retirement. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Bangor, and a member of the PEO sisterhood Chapter B, first in Bangor and later Chapter K Maine. She was a member of All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor, and in later years of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth.

Diana moved from Orono to reside year-round at her long-time and much-loved summer home on Oak Point in Trenton nearly 35 years ago, then a decade ago moved to Birch Bay Village retirement community in Bar Harbor. She was an active member of the Birch Bay community, making many friends there, participating in book groups and serving in various resident capacities. Despite failing health in recent years, she much enjoyed her time there. She had many interests, including the collection of miniatures, and genealogical research. When she was still in good health she loved travel, visiting a number of other countries. She had a passion for animals and birds, both domestic and wild.

She is survived by her siblings: sisters, Joanne S. Perry of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Jacqueline S. Sprague of Spring, Texas, and her brother and sister-in-law, William H. and Christine P. Springer of Alexandria, Virginia; as well as six nieces and nephews, their spouses, and fourteen great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers-in-law, Charles H. Perry and Richard S. Sprague Sr.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher, officiating. Spring interment will be in the Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor. Those who wish to remember Diana in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605 or the PEO Sisterhood Scholarship Fund where donations should be made payable to P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education and mailed to P.E.O. Chapter K-ME, Angela Yardy, Treasurer, PO Box 479, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or online at www.donations.peointernational.org. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  February 24, 2015
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