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JONESPORT - Ethel M. Roix, 96, passed away peacefully March 2, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1917, in East Boston, Mass., to Morey and Georgia (Mahoney) Flynn.

At two years of age her mother died and she was raised by her loving grandparents, Lettie Mahoney Welch and stepgrandfather, George Welch. She graduated from Washington Academy in 1935. Ethel married Roger Prince Dunbar of Machias. Later, after the tragic drowning of her husband, Roger, she married William R. Roix. They first lived in Presque Isle, then in Machias, where she was manager of the Greenland Theatre Motel for 12 years. Later they relocated to Ellsworth then Florida and back to the Machias area. During this time Ethel enjoyed decorating the numerous homes they lived in. She often was told she should have been an interior decorator. She was truly a lady and dressed fashionably. She once danced with Lawrence Welk while Bill played the trumpet in the orchestra. She and Bill could often be seen at area dance halls during the 1950-60s. Ethel was a wonderful cook, an avid fan of local basketball teams and the Red Sox and had a keen interest in politics, sharing her views with her dear sister-in-law and close friend, Ethel Dunbar Brown. Playing Beano and going for rides were two favorite pastimes. She was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. She loved life and lived it well.

She was predeceased by her parents; first husband, Roger; stepmother, Elizabeth Dennison "Gram Fred"; nephew, Irving Scoville Jr. "Peter"; half brother, Victor Flynn; husband, Bill; sister, Hazel Scoville, and beloved kitty, Sassy. She is survived by her and Roger's only child, Arline T. Davis and husband, Vance, of Cutler. Surviving also are Nanny's grandchildren, devoted granddaughter, Kathy Harmon and husband, George, of East Machias, special granddaughters, Kelley Cates and husband, Gregory, of Cutler, Billie Lamarre and husband, Kevin, of Pike, N.H., and Cynthia Davis Albee of Cutler; special niece, Dolores Hanson of East Machias; and nephews, Nard Scoville of East Machias, Clark Scoville of Roque Bluffs, and Morey Flynn of Bangor. Nanny No. 2 will be fondly remembered by her great-grandchildren, Natalie Houde, April Armstrong, Crystle Fergerson, Cassie Cates, Katie Richardson, Leslie and Zachary Albee, and Kayla and Michael Lamarre. Nanny Roix's great-great-grandchildren are, Gabrielle, Damien, and Allison Houde, Jackson, and Camden Armstrong, Kason, Denver, Brady, and Lincoln Fergerson, Kylie, and Mia Connelly, and Bobby, Dallas, and Loretta Richardson.

At a later date she will be laid to rest at a graveside service in Church Hill Cemetery in her hometown of Machiasport.
Published on  March 7, 2014
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