Elizabeth's Story

STARKS - Elizabeth A. Frederic, "Liz", 73, died at her home on Sunday morning, January 11, 2015. Liz was born Feb. 12, 1941 in Long Island City, NY, a twin daughter to the late John and Mildred (Bauer) Corbett, Jr. She was always proud to share her birthday with Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.

Liz grew up in Floral Park, NY and often used Belmont Raceway as her playground. She graduated from Flora Park Memorial High School where she played the clarinet in the band. Liz and her sister, Elaine, wrote the school song which is still in use. Education was very important to her and she earned four college degrees; State University of New York at Oneonta (B.S. Home Economics), University of Maine at Farmington (B.A. Geography), New York University (M.A. Nutrition) and University of Connecticut (M.A. Geography). During her academic career Liz received many scholarships and honors and was captain of the Oneonta basketball team.

Liz taught home economics in Greenlawn, NY, worked as a social services consultant for New York City and was a Nassau County, NY day care inspector. In 1969 she and her first husband, Dr. Kenneth Anderson, whom she married in 1963, moved to Skowhegan, Maine where she was office manager for his chiropractic practice.

From 1994 to 2003, Liz worked as adjunct geography faculty at UMF and was a teaching assistant for her second husband, (married in 1994) Dr. Paul Frederic, at the University of Namibia (Africa) and Beijing University of Technology (China). During this same time, she was Education Coordinator for the Maine Association of Conservation Districts and Envirothon Program. She also owned Liz Maps, a cartography business and published many maps.

Liz was a member of the Association of American Geographers, New England ~ St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (former Maine Representative and Pre-college Outreach Coordinator) and Maine Geographic Alliance Advisor. Her professional publications included work on the Cuban sugar industry, grazing systems in Namibia and Mongolia and natural resource related education in Maine. Liz participated in many academic conferences around the world, often making presentations on such diverse topics as reuse of dairy barns, water quality and African land ownership. In 2001, she received the Outstanding Forest Stewardship Award from the Maine Forest Service.

Professional and recreational travel was of great joy to her. This included Cuba, the Caribbean, southern Africa, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Europe and North America. Liz's hobbies are difficult to distinguish from work; care of home and yard, gardening and cooking. Reading was a wonderful pleasure as demonstrated by her active membership in the Starks Book Club. She also enjoyed time spent with her family.

Liz's community service entailed food and clothing judge at Skowhegan State Fair, Den Leader for Skowhegan Cub Scouts, Director of the Skowhegan Junior Women's Club, grant writer for the Starks Library and Community Children's Program, Director of the Starks Library Committee, member of Starks Building and Comprehensive Planning Committees.

Liz was predeceased by her parents and her ex-husband, Dr. Kenneth Anderson.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Paul Frederic of Starks; her son, Bradford Anderson of Huntington Beach, CA; brother, William (Ann) Corbett of Floral Park, NY and sister, Elaine Peterson of CA; step-children; Irene (Robert) Tyler of Belmont, NH, Paula (Douglas) Withey of New Vineyard and Joseph (Melissa) Frederic of Starks; step-grandchildren; Ian, Isaac, Taylor, Courtney, William and Amelia; step-great-granddaughter; Aiyana; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Liz lived life as an adventure and is a classic example of "quicker than a New York minute". She will be missed by all who knew her.

Her family thanks Dr. David Rice, staffs of Franklin Memorial Hospital and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and friends and neighbors for their care and support.

A memorial service to honor Liz's life will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon May 3, 2015, at the Starks Community Center, 57 Anson Road, Starks. Following services, a reception will be held at the Community Center. All are welcome. Committal prayers will follow at the Frederic Cemetery, Chicken Street, Starks. Remembrance gifts may be given to: The Respiratory Dept. at Franklin Memorial Hospital, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, Maine 04938; Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, Me. 04240; or to the Town of Starks Community Center Improvement Fund, Att.: Town Treasurer Erin Norton, Starks Town Office 57 Anson Road, Starks, Maine 04911. Condolences and tributes may be shared on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Rd., (Rtes. 2 & 27) Farmington.
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