- Mike's wife of 66 years, Rachel, Roxanne, and Erin's mum, and to her grandchildren and many others, "Mammie" said goodbye to her family on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. She came into the world on September 2, 1929, the second child and first daughter of Beulah (Birmingham) and Carroll Emery in Lincoln, Maine. They named her Louise Velma. She had an older brother Carroll, and soon a younger brother James; and two younger sisters, Maureen and Althea. Arriving in the year of the "Great Depression" she often told stories of picking up unburned coal along the railroad tracks with her father to keep the family warm.
Louise married Ralph B. "Mike" Lancaster on February 18, 1950. They tried Connecticut for a short while but returned to spend the first half of their married life in West Enfield, Maine with family and friends where they were happiest. Louise ("Pickle" to her close friends) worked at J.J. Newberry until her daughter, Erin, was born with special needs; requiring her to remain home for several years. She then proudly went on to become a hairstylist, which she worked at well into her 70s.
Louise and Mike lived at the Little Narrows Lake in Lincoln, Maine, from 1989 until 2014 when they moved to Bangor to be closer to their daughters and families.
Although gone from the physical world, Mum will live on in our hearts, memories, and conversations.
Louise was predeceased by her parents, daughter Erin, brother Carroll, and sister Maureen. Family she leaves behind with many stories of her life are: daughter Rachel and Paul Means, daughter Roxanne and Clark Shorey; grandchildren to whom she became "Mammie" are granddaughter Mikele and Jay Neal, grandsons David and Kathryn Means, Zachary and Bailey Means, and Alexander and Katie Means, granddaughters Lisa and Mike Hall, Leslie and Bert "Wink" Libbey, and grandson Scot Shorey and Leita Washburn; great grandchildren Drew and Camryn Neal, Chase and Harper Means, Wyatt and Evie Means, Samantha Hall, Dillon and Sydni Shorey, Nicholas and Brittany Libbey; brother Jim amd Patricia, and sister Althea.
She and her family are grateful beyond words for the support of friends and the kind and caring people at St. Joseph Homecare and Hospice.
Mum - Mammie - you left us with an indelible mark of what it means to live in this world with all its joys and sorrows. You were "mother bear," ready to attack anyone or anything that posed a threat to your family. At every holiday and family gathering, every meal and beanbag game, every trip to Florida - you will be remembered and missed. Mum, Mammie - we love you.
Her life on earth will be celebrated at a graveside ceremony at 12:00 noon on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at the Lincoln Cemetery on Park St. in Lincoln, Maine. In lieu of flowers, Mammie would very much like to support the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. Donations may be made to Epilepsy Foundation New England, 335 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or online at epilepsynewengland.org.
Published on  December 1, 2016