ELLSWORTH - Gail L. Anderson, 89, of Ellsworth, died with her family by her side following a brief illness. She was born on October 17, 1926 in Brewer to Roland and Olivine (Tardiff) Libhart.
Gail grew up in Brewer and attended Brewer Schools. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was the Salutatorian of the class of 1944. She also attended UMO.
Gail married Carl C. Lawson Jr. and had four children. Later in life, she and Dick Anderson were married, and together they ran Dicks Diner in downtown Ellsworth for many years. They enjoyed their many hours working with the Anah Temple Shriners. She was a devout Catholic, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was on the Woman's Council. She also volunteered at Colliers and Courtland Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels, and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Gail enjoyed traveling, cooking, shopping, fishing, painting, sewing, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her beloved family.
Gail is survived by her children; Carlene L. Graham, Thomas Lawson and his wife Brenda, Candy Herrick, Penny Hackett and her husband Joe; grandchildren, Jamie Graham, Shane Carter, Brooke Collier, Matt Lawson, Katy Lawson, Courtney Wadey, Stephen Lawson, Trevor Herrick, and their spouses; eleven great grandchildren, Emily, David, Carly, Lily, Pippa, Avery, Freya, Thomas, Isla, Hannah, and Brianne; and a sister -in-law Virginia Libhart. Gail will truly be missed by her loving dog and companion, Benji. She is preceded in death by her husbands Carl Lawson Jr. and Richard "Dick" Anderson, grandson Joel Lawson Graham, son-in-law James Graham, and brother Wayne P. Libhart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME. 04605, with Fr. John Skehan officiating. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Gail's memory may be made to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1672, Ellsworth Maine 04605.
Arrangements are being handled by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth Maine 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com