Frances Susee Read, age 96, passed away quietly at Silver Lake Nursing Home in Dover, DE, on June 5, 2016. Born in Vanceboro, Maine, she was the daughter of Ralph Eugene Susee and Illa Bertha Howland Susee.
Frances graduated Valedictorian from Vanceboro High in the Class of 1937. She married Edgar F. Sewell Sr., and lived in Wollaston, MA, moved to Wyckoff, N.J., and then to West Stockbridge, MA., where they raised their three children. She instilled in her children a love of reading and gardening. Later in life she married Meredith A. Read and lived in Hinsdale, MA. There, she was very active in the First Congregational Church, and was an active member of the Century Club. She loved to waltz, to read and write poetry, and enjoyed quilting. Frances was a dedicated gardener as she and her husband jointly worked to lovingly renovate their 1791 house on their Peru Road acreage. She took the long view and planted grape vines, berry bushes, asparagus and rhubarb and many trees at her several homes. She and her husband were adventurous and travelled to such places as Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Spain, Mexico and throughout Europe. But she dearly loved her family home in Vanceboro, Maine, and shared that home on the St. Croix River with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent her last three years living with her daughter, Christine and their extended family in Wyoming, DE.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Jeffrey Sewell; and her husbands, Edgar F. Sewell and Meredith A. Read. She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Vivian Irene Susee Mathews; and her children, Edgar Sewell Jr. (Nancy), Christine Stillson (Lester) and Constance Testa; her stepchildren, Dale Read (Melanie), Pamela Read Hardcastle and Kevin Read (Diane.) She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Sara Cameli (Joseph), Daniel Stillson, Michael Sewell (Molly), Mark Sewell (Natasha), Matthew Sewell(Megan), Martin Sewell (Jennifer) and Jennifer Sewell (Bryan Pilkington), Allison McHugh (Kevin), Stephanie Ballard (Jeffrey), Asa Hardcastle, Evan Hardcastle (Sarah), Veronica Read, Aaron Read (Beth) and Meghan Constantinou(Nicholas) ;and twenty great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, Hinsdale, September 3 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to honor her memory may be made to the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, 4 Water Street, Grand Lakes Stream, ME 04668.