BREWER AND FALMOUTH - Yvonne Gray Ford, 95, died peacefully in her sleep at home following a brief illness. Yvonne grew up in the small town of Groveton, NH, and during WWII married the love of her life, Fred Rodney Ford, of Guildhall, Vt. during his tour of duty in the US Navy. They spent 62 wonderful years together raising four children and enjoying a lifetime of experiences and explorations. She was a loving mother who always put her family first, and throughout the years taught them values of life, love of family and friends, and respect for all.
The family lived in Virginia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, finally settling in Brewer, Me in 1961. She was a volunteer at a school for the disabled children, designed dance costumes, was a Brownie Scout and Cub Scout den leader, volunteered in the schools, and never missed the athletic events of her children, always cheering them on. She sang in the choir of the United Methodist Church. Family winter vacations at Saddleback, ME were highlighted by the breaking and eating of her skillfully designed gingerbread houses, skiing and much laughter. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, ME were among her favorite places to camp, hike, picnic, and enjoy the beauty of nature. She and her husband traveled extensively both internationally and nationally, exposing their children to many wonders of this country.
Most of all she enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at Cape Cod, MA; Sebec Lake, ME; on "Top of the Hill" in Raymond, ME, as well as exploring the southern country of Louisiana and Texas. Other highlights of her retirement years were spending winters in Gulf Shores, AL where she and her husband made many long-lasting friendships and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Australia and New Zealand where at 74 she snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef.
In later years Yvonne lived at Ocean View in Falmouth, Maine where she participated in many of the activities of this senior living community and continued to make friendships. She enriched all our lives with the stories of days gone by and her lasting love, a gift to all her family.
Beloved wife of the late Fred R. Ford of Brewer, ME, Yvonne was the devoted mother of Janis Swain and her husband, the late Douglas Swain of Medfield, MA; Darlene McCall and her husband John McCall of Raymond ME and their family, Sarah, Loren, Leo and Lex Selvaggio of Carlsbad California; her son Rodney Ford and his wife Rev. Janice Ford of Uxbridge, MA; and her son Randall Ford and wife Judy Ford of Falmouth, ME. Yvonne delighted in her grandchildren the late Ashleigh Yvonne Tennet and Rory Tennet; Darren Swain and his wife, Kelly Swain of Scituate, MA and Darcy Walsh and husband Brian Walsh of Vienna, VA; Eric Ford and his wife Jennifer of Arlington, MA; Nicholas Ford of Brighton, MA; Jameson Ford of Bangor, ME; and Christian Ford of Falmouth, ME. Yvonne was also the beloved great-grandmother of Trevor Swain and Cyrus Walsh.
The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional care and family support from Care Tree Healthcare, South Portland, ME and Beacon Hospice, South Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Morrison Center- building a brighter future for people with disabilities (www.morrison-ME.org), 60 Chamberlain Rd, PO Box 1539, Scarborough, ME 04070-1539. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.