Louise's Story

BLUE HILL - Louise Willis was an all Maine girl, born in Auburn, June 2, 1917.

She lived in Auburn until the early and untimely death of her father. After which, her mother moved the family to Massachusetts. She returned to Belgrade Lake every summer, working at a camp for 'rusticators' from Philadelphia, and drinking as much cream from the top of the milk as she could. She graduated from Brockton High School and went to secretarial school. She worked in Boston and every weekend of the winter, took the ski-train to New Hampshire to pursue her new love, skiing. After the war, she married Richard Willis and they lived in Bangor, while he attended the University of Maine at Orono. Then she and her husband lived in Conn, Ohio, Wisconsin and Massachusetts with glorious summers on Nantucket Island before finally landing back in Maine. During these years she raised three children, created beautiful homes and gardens, watched birds, kept skiing and read voraciously. She was a wonderful cook and also sewed and knitted the most beautiful things for lucky children and grandchildren. She was Gracie Allen to Richard's George Burns. And she lived with grace and style always. It is the hope that she is perched at the top of a snowy mountain with Richard, their skis pointing down the mountain, ready to glide into the powder. She leaves behind, three very grateful and loving children and a host of happy grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main Street, Blue Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
Published in Bangor Daily News
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