Ethel's Story

LEE AND GRAND LAKE STREAM - Ethel M. Foss, 96, went home to be with Jesus and her youngest son, Alfred, on February 11, 2015, at Care Ridge Estates with her sidekick by her side. She was born August 15, 1918, in Grand Lake Stream, the daughter of Elmer and Jennie (Metcalf) Bacon.

Ethel grew up in Grand Lake Stream and attended school there. She married and raised her three boys there before moving to Lee. She took care of her mother for years, proud to say she raised her three boys alone and they all graduated. Ethel worked on the harvester in the potato fields. She and her second husband, Leroy, worked for many years at Haskell's Store. She was proud to be able to help her church family build the C.M.A. Church in Lee. Ethel pounded nails on the roof. She loved to work in her garden so she could make her special relish and pickles from cukes she raised. If she didn't have enough cukes, her friends would give her some. One of her fondest achievements besides raising her three sons, was shooting her first moose at age 79, a 890 pound moose with a 48 inch, 20 point rack while hunting with her oldest son, Bobby. She also enjoyed going to her son, Nathan's. He and his wife, Nancy, took her on many trips. Her friends took her on many trips also. Ethel was loved by so many and had numerous friends from all over the state. She always had a good story to tell about her fishing and hunting experiences. Her family and friends were her life. Before she passed, she said to tell everyone she loved them. She appreciated her family and friends, especially her new pastor, Mike, and his family and the caregivers at Care Ridge.

Ethel leaves behind her sons Robert Bacon and Nathanial Chambers, many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, five generations of great-grandchildren, many friends and her sidekick, Edna.

A celebration of Ethel's life will be held at North Woods Alliance Church on May 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. A gathering will be held after the graveside service at Mt. Jefferson Jr. High Gym. Those who wish may give a gift in her memory to the Lee Food Pantry, P O Box 444, Lee, ME 04455
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