BANGOR - Phyllis "Anne" Howe, 84, went peacefully home into the arms of the heavenly father Feb. 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 12, 1930, in Medford, Mass., the daughter of the late Paul and Alice (Tomlin) Hubbart.
Anne grew up in Medford, Mass., where she enjoyed long walks over woods and field with her grandfather, Tomlin. Her family moved to Lexington, Mass., where she attended and graduated high school. She had many fond memories of summers spent with her family on the shores of Newfound Lake, N.H. She obtained nursing training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. She went on the first date with the love of her life, Charles "Chick" Howe on Feb. 3, 1949, he asked for her hand in marriage two months later, and they were married Oct. 8, 1949. They lived briefly in Acton Cantor, Mass., and then moved to Washington, D.C., before returning to live on a farm in Chick's hometown of Union. Later they moved to Greenville where Chick was stationed as a game warden. Together they purchased Spencer Pond Camps, which they operated for over 25 years. They spent winters in Sarasota, Fla., where Anne, a devout Mormon, was very active in the Church of Later Day Saints. They later retired together in Thorndike.
Anne was a talented artist and author who published three books. She worked as a stringer for the Portland Press Herald newspaper and the Associated Press. She also wrote a weekly column about the "adventures of a game warden's wife." It was called "Yours truly, Anne Howe." She was very active in several organizations including Greenville's Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Star, Girl Scouts, and she was a founder of Greenville's Historical Society. She was also a U.S. Weather Observer and later became a public notary and performed several marriages during her time in Thorndike. She raised several wild animals, most notably a baby Moose, "Bully" who became her third child. A registered Maine Guide she served for many years on an assignment with the Fish and Wildlife Department's Advisory Board for Maine Guides. She was an accomplished woods woman, tied beautiful flies, and was an adept seamstress making many lovely hand sewn quilts.
Her family and friends will remember her for her strong spirit, quick wit, and determination to master with perfection all tasks that she set her mind to, she was a truly remarkable woman. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles Howe III; her daughter-in-law, Jane Aiudi of Vassalboro; daughter, Catherine Bright of Amarillo, Texas; her granddaughter, Christine Howe and her husband, Dana Black, of Orland; granddaughter, Rebecca Lebel and her husband, Richard, of Brooksville; grandson, John and wife, Angie, of Prince George, Va.; grandson, Joe Henry and wife, Tammy, of Camden; granddaughter, Heidi Henry of Amarillo, Texas; and six great-grandchildren: Madelyn, Oceania, Breton, Marshal, Samantha, Brian, Hannah, and Leanne. She was predeceased by her son, Chip Howe.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered to Charles Howe at Westgate Manor, 750 Union St., Rm. 405, Bangor ME 04401. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory should be sent to either the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 2A, Short Hills, NJ 07078; or the Natural Resources Council of Maine, 3 Wade St., Augusta, ME 04330. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com.