HAMPDEN - Wilda "GiGi" "Grammie" Louise Kerns, 89, wife of the late Elliot P. Kerns, died March 10, 2015 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Mariaville, May 4, 1925, daughter of Merle C. and Ellen B. (Austin) Frost.
Wilda was a graduate of Ellsworth High School, and received a degree in Christian Education from Providence Bible Institute, known as Gordon-Cromwell College and she received her B.S. in elementary education from the University of Maine. She was a former teacher in various Maine schools, and an active foster grandparent at the Weatherbee School in Hampden. Wilda and her late husband, Elliot, were active in numerous Baptist churches in Maine. She was also a Maine Troop Greeter as well as a frequent visitor to Phillips-Strickland House.
Wilda was predeceased by her husband and a son, David K. Kerns. She is survived by her sons, Gary Kerns and wife Jeanne of Topsham, Stephen Kerns and wife Terry of Fountain, CO; daughters, Karen Hicks of Levant, Cheryl Lare and husband Ron of Hampden, Deborah LaFlamme and husband Russ of Lisbon; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Carson of Kingman, AZ. The family would like to give a very special thank you to the staff at EMMC on the 6th Floor for giving such wonderful, loving comfort and care.
Friends may call from 3-4 PM, Friday, March 13, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, where the funeral service will be held at 4 PM with Pastor Russell LaFlamme (Wilda's son-in-law) officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, following the service. Interment will be in the spring at Pyle Cemetery, Mariaville. Gifts in Wilda's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.