Liona's Story

BROWNVILLE - Liona E. Pray Speed, 99, passed away January 1, 2015, at New Beginnings Assisted Living and Rehab Center, Milo. She was born April 5, 1915, in Argyle, the daughter of Ernest D. and Ethel (Ballard) Kennedy. Liona was a member of the Mt. Katahdin Senior Citizens, and volunteered often at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church's thrift shop. She enjoyed going out to eat with "my girls", crocheting, and spending time with family and friends. She loved her God, attending church, and reading her Bible.

She is survived by two daughters, Lillian McLean and Shirley "Cookie" Farrar; five grandchildren, Janet McSorley and husband, Perry, Karen Bunker and husband, David, Gayle Eames, Timothy Farrar and significant other, Jen, and Peter Farrar and wife, Amanda; four great grandchildren, Andrea McSorley Green and husband, Butch, Travis McSorley and significant other, Cami, Amy Bunker Campbell and significant other, Drew, and Andrew Bunker; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Triston Green, Hunter McSorley, Hunter Campbell, and Ashur Campbell. She also leaves three sisters, Ethel Storman, Dorothy McLaughlin, and Eunice Coughlin; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Pray; 6 brothers, Harrison, Ernest Jr., James, Thomas, Aaron, John, and Sterling Kennedy; two sisters, Pearl Young and Virginia Kennedy; and two sons-in-law, Allan McLean and Vaughn Farrar. The family wishes to thank Tammy and Brian Trask and the entire staff at New Beginnings for their care and compassion for Liona during her stay with them.

Friends are invited to call from1pm until time of funeral service at 2pm, Monday, January 5, 2015, at the Brownville Jct. United Methodist Church, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Community Health and Counseling, 1093 W Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Condolences and memories may be expressed at
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