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Mavis Evangeline Lane Gardner Martinkovic

Jun 18, 1918 - May 7, 2017

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Millinocket and Wilton - Mavis Evangeline Lane Gardner Martinkovic, 98, passed away peacefully in Wilton at the home of her daughter Rosalie, on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Mavis was born on June 18, 1918, in Woodland (Baileyville), Maine, and was the daughter of Loren and Elsie (Ireland) Lane.
She was a resident of Millinocket for more than 90 years of her life with only a short time living in Madawaska during WWII, and the last four years living with her daughter, Rosalie and her husband in Wilton. Mavis was a woman of many talents, which were demonstrated early in her life when she started making her own clothes at the age of about 8 years old. She loved painting, sewing, floral design and needlework, including knitting and crocheting. She liked to read, especially cat mysteries. In fact, she could do or make anything which garnered her interest. In 1955, she opened The Flower Shop, where she created years of beautiful floral designs. In later years, she wrote a booklet about her early years growing up in Millinocket called Memories of a Kid from Up Across the Tracks and hoped to write a sequel called My Brother's Marbles.
She liked to travel and after her husband Laurel retired as superintendent of schools in Millinocket, they wintered in Florida until his death in 1982. Mavis continued to winter in Florida, where she met and married Edward Martinkovic. After Ed's death in 1994, she did not return to Florida. She did, however, go on many "Mystery Trips" with a group and also on a trip to Ireland with her daughter Rosalie. She had many friends in Millinocket and was part of a special group called the "Coffee Girls."
Mavis loved her family and they adored her. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalie Rolfe and her husband, Eldred, of Wilton; her daughter, Ellen Smedinghoff and her husband, Joe, of W. Dundee, Illinois; her son-in-law, Robert Angotti and wife, Linda, of Millinocket; her sisters-in-law, Marjorie Gardner McCauslin and Marian Comstock; a brother-in-law, Philip Gardner of Lexington, Ohio; six grandchildren, Matthew Angotti and his wife, Maureen, of Biddeford, Daniel Angotti and his wife, Julie, of Ludlow, Amy Bullen and her husband, Todd, of New Sharon, Rebecca Marden and her husband, Vernon, of Wilton, Stephanie Evans and her husband, Larry, of Carpentersville, IL, and Julie Vinson and her husband, Zach, of Ashland, Kentucky; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher Angotti of Saco, Jack Angotti of Biddeford, April Agotti Zerbe of North Carolina, Alex Angotti of Augusta and Ludlow, Abigail and Raveena Angotti of Ludlow, Kaitlyn Bullen DeRaspe of New Sharon, Meghan Bullen of Farmington, Kayla Cavin of Chicago, IL, and Mazzilyn Evans of Carpentersville, IL; and one great-great-granddaughter, Audrey DeRaspe of New Sharon. Mavis was predeceased by her parents; two husbands; a daughter, Barbara Gardner Angotti; two sisters, Hilda Lane Bowden and Anah Lane Gunkel; and a brother, Neil H. Lane.
Mavis will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to thank Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for their extraordinary care and her doctor Jacqueline Caldwell for her care and compassion.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Avenue, Millinocket, followed by interment and luncheon. Gifts in memory of Mavis may be sent to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462, or to Androcscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Hospice Division, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  May 16, 2017
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