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SCARBOROUGH - Phyllis Ruth Locke passed away June 19, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice of Maine. Phyllis was born in Kingston on Thames, England, in 1928, to J. Wesley Bready, Ph. D, and Edna Ruth Flack. Her father was a minister, an author and lecturer on social and democratic reformers. Her mother studied law and became a reading specialist for dyslexic children. The family immigrated to Canada in 1939.

Phyllis graduated in 1952 from University of Toronto, Victoria College, with B.A. Honors English. She studied under Northrop Frye, a William Blake scholar. For summer employment through college Phyllis worked on the steam ship SS Kingston. While working on Lake Ontario she met her husband Roy H. Locke. They were wed in 1952 in Toronto. His profession as a sea captain took them to Portland, Maine. Roy and Phyllis first settled in South Portland then moved to Cape Elizabeth in 1968. In 1976 Phyllis became a US citizen. For many years Phyllis was a book seller. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Library Science, she began a thirty year career as a reference librarian for the University of Southern Maine. Her best library years were assisting all comers with their research, teaching classes in library usage, and training student assistants. She earned a second Master's degree in English literature and wrote her thesis on Andrew Marvell a 17th century poet. Phyllis never completely retired. She returned to the reference desk as a volunteer and taught English as a second language. Her hometown affiliations were as a volunteer proof reader for Cape Courier, a member of Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, she was active in outreach for woman leaving prison. Her memberships included Maine Education Association, University of Maine Professional Staff Association and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was a dedicated member of the College Club of Portland, an organization which provides scholarships for women. Phyllis was always curious and a lifelong learner. She had an addiction to the printed word, especially in verse and was always generous to a "variety of good causes." She was a lifelong learner, traveler, a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

Her husband of 54 years, Roy Locke, died in 2006. Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Pat Locke, Esq. and son-in-law, Tom Mascetta of Lincoln, Maine; granddaughter, Katie Maeve Mascetta lives in Boston; and her daughter, Susan Locke Rubens and son-in-law, Jim Rubens, and grandson, Matthew, reside in Etna, NH. Additionally, she is survived by her sister and niece, Sally and Betty Smith of South Portland, ME; and niece, Elizabeth Minugh of London and nephew, Alasdair Locke and family of Scotland. Phyllis will be sorely missed by the neighborhood canines to which she regularly fed biscuits.

Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. June 29 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME. Funeral and Reception will be at Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, on June 30 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to College Club of Portland, 51 Applegate Lane, Falmouth, ME 04105 or Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.
Published on  June 27, 2014
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