Florence's Story

EXETER - Florence Mary Caroline Brayson, 96, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, peacefully shutting her eyes and leaving to go with Jesus. She was born December 22, 1919 in Grand Falls, N.B., Canada to Harry and Grace (Moran) Morrissey. Her father died while she was very young and her mother later married Harry's younger brother James Morrissey. They eventually moved to River de Chute, New Brunswick and raised their large family there.

Florence married C. Michael Brayson in 1939, moved to Maine, and raised a family of 9 children, living first in Old Town and then in Exeter. While in Old Town she cleaned homes in the Old Town/Bangor area. After moving to Exeter, she opened her heart and home to care for elderly state hospital patients. Florence was a wonderful cook and loved to feed anyone who came across her path. Even after being admitted to Bangor Rehab more than 3 years ago, her first words of greeting were, "Have you had lunch (dinner, whatever) yet?" She received her G.E.D. at age 70 and was a communicant of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Snows Parish.

Florence will be remembered by all who knew her for her love of music. She began singing as a child and never stopped. She remembered the words to numerous old time songs and until her last day, could be found sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway singing away, smiling at everyone who passed.

She is survived by a sister, Anita Rattray; a brother James Morrissey; her children, daughters Pearl Hawes and Elvin of Moscow, Doris and Dale Watson of Carmel; Linda and Darrell DeLong of Cape Coral, FL and Sebago; Marie and Paul Fields of Steep Falls. Her surviving sons are Michael Brayson of Franklin, VT, Robert Brayson of Charleston, Jerry and Carol Brayson of Exeter, and John Brayson and special friend Ann Martin of Corinna; son-in-law, Duane Brasslett of Old Town. She is also survived by many adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of whom she loved with all her heart. There are many nieces and nephews scattered all over the world who will miss her as well.

Florence was predeceased by a daughter Charlene (Brayson) Brasslett, and all of her brothers and sisters except for two mentioned.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A. M. Wednesday, March 16th, at St. Anne's Church, Free Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Father Emile Dube officiating. Friends may call from 9 A.M. until the time of procession to the church at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. Spring burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made to a local food pantry. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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