Maurice's Story

ATHENS - Maurice Elliott Avery, 92, died on March 22, 2016, at Sanfield Rehabilitation & Living Center in Hartland. He was a longtime resident of Athens and St. Albans, where he lived with his wife Connie, and regularly attended the Hartland First Baptist Church.

Maurice was born in Bath on March 20, 1924, the son of Maurice Wescott Avery and Alice (Naugler) Avery. He grew up and attended school in Williamstown, MA, where his dad taught Greek and Latin at Williams College. His family spent summers at their farm in Phippsburg. Some of his fondest memories involved boating along the Kennebec. He received his Associates Degree in farming from the University of Maine in Orono, and maintained a love of farming and academics throughout his life. Maurice managed farms in Richmond, Bowdoinham and Athens. He had a keen interest in classic literature and English history, and was an avid Bible scholar.

Maurice lived in the Brunswick area for many years, where he worked at Bowdoin College and was a member of the Berean Baptist church.

Maury was an outdoorsman who loved fishing, hiking and gardening. Whether building a wooden boat by hand, or expanding a farmhouse, he tackled the most difficult problems with a clear plan and the minimum of tools and technology. We have many memories of Maury with a handsaw and twist drill; very few with a power tool.

He married his beloved wife, Constance Costain of Brewer, on November 6, 1981. They mowed, gardened, canned, cut firewood and raised his favorite north country cheviot sheep together at their farm in Athens. They were devoted members of the Hartland First Baptist Church for over thirty years. Connie currently resides at the Ellen Leach Memorial Home in Brewer, close to her family.

Maurice is survived by his loving wife, Connie Avery; his son, Peter Avery and wife, Lois, of Topsham; his daughter, Carolyn Bibber and husband, John, of Harpswell; his stepson, Richard Plaumann of Dedham; his stepson, Douglas Plaumann and wife, Annette, of Dedham; and his stepdaughter, Jane Small and husband, Vernon, of Garland. He is also survived by grandchildren, including Jason Warlick and wife, Tracy, Alysha Allen, Kelsey Fogg and husband, Cory, and Luke Avery and wife, Alison; and several great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Harts Corner Cemetery, Main Road, Holden. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
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