MONROE - Lois Irene Nowell Aitken passed away after a brief illness on January 17, 2015. She was born in Hermon, Maine on November 28, 1930, the only child of G. Alton and Bessie Booker Nowell. After moving many times, the family settled in Monroe in 1941, where she lived ever since. After graduating from Monroe High School in 1948, she studied at Beal Business School in Bangor. In 1951 Lois married and raised her children on the family farm. Lois worked various jobs through the years, and began her career with the United States Postal Service in 1966, first as a clerk, then appointed Postmaster in Monroe in 1972. She retired in 1990, and started a second career as Town Clerk of Monroe, from 1194 until her retirement 20 years later in June, 2014.
In her retirement Lois enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and traveling- in the fall of 2013, she completed her goal of traveling to all 50 States. In addition, she had adventures visiting Caribbean Islands, sailing through the Panama Canal, visited Mexico and Ireland. Lois was always ready for a trip or adventure. When she was 78, Lois won the Moose lottery and traveled to Northern Maine to hunt. Although a moose eluded her, the memories of that year's hunt were some of her fondest.
Lois also spent many hours volunteering; first, for several years at EMMC making daily well check calls. In 2002 she joined the Waldo Count General Hospital Aid in Belfast. Lois was usually processing and delivering mail or working in the Gift Shop. She was the Aid Treasure and then Gift Shop treasurer up until her illness. Lois enjoyed many hours with her fellow aid members working on various events, especially enjoying the Annual Yard Sale set up and the Annual Silver Tea.
As the matriarch of a large family, Lois found joy in cooking for and spoiling her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tuesday night suppers were filled with laughter and love. No one could cook like Mom! And no one could knit socks like GG. She enjoyed reading, shopping, going out to dinner with the ladies and the snow, which many disagreed with her on!
She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by those that survive her; Her children, Richard and Janet Aitken of Monroe, Stephen and Kelly Aitken of Palermo, Holly and Tim Emerson of Monroe, her "other" daughter Anna Bennett of NYC. Her grandchildren; Erick and Shawna Aitken, Brad and Whitney Aitken, Lee-Anne and Adam Vogel, all of Monroe, Amy Aitken of Winterport, Paige Emerson and Kyle Chase of Belfast, Libby Emerson and Dylan Denman of Liberty, and Alex Clark of Palermo. Her great-grandchildren; Jacob and Adam Aitken, Dylan Aitken, Connor, Carly and Carter Aitken, Sydney and Kalvin Vogel, Jaycee Aitkne and Lucas Aitken-Murphy., many nieces and nephews, her brother-in-law Phil Bayley and sister in-law Gertrude Thompson, and her special cousin Louise Cotta and her family. Also surviving her are her great friends; Barb, Steve, Pat and Jacki. She will also be greatly missed by her "partners in crime" Sally, Geary, and Wilma.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10 am at the Belfast United Methodist Church 23 Mill Lane in Belfast. There will be a reception immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the WCGH Hospital Aid Attn: Sandy Gordon PO Box 287 Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are under the care of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services Searsport. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)