Carol Prentiss Mower
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Orono - Carol Prentiss Mower, 88, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2019 at a Bangor hospital. She was born on August 30, 1931 in Waterville, the youngest child of Chester and Viola (Merrow) Prentiss.
She attended Waterville schools and graduated from Waterville High School in 1949. During this time she developed an aptitude for the dramatic arts, particularly public speaking. She pursued this calling at the University Maine where she graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech. While at the university she was involved with many activities including Phi Mu Sorority, All Maine Women Honor Society, the Radio Guild, as well as the Speech and Debate team. Following college, she was director of Speech and Drama for four years at Stearns High School in Millinocket where she made many life-long friendships. During the summers she studied at Northwestern University where she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Education.
In the fall of 1957 Carol returned to her alma mater and proudly served on the faculty of the University of Maine Speech Department for over twenty-five years. She was highly involved in readers' theater productions and was well known throughout the state for her speaking programs on various themes and subjects. Her speaking abilities and people skills led to a successful second career in sales, first with Tupperware and later with WABI-Radio.
Throughout her life she was an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer and became even more so following retirement. Among the many groups to which she was tirelessly devoted in various roles of leadership throughout the years were the Orono High School Board of Trustees, Friends of the Orono Library, Orono Republican Committee, Orono Chapter of AFS, Bangor Symphony Women, Maine Education Association -Retired, Penobscot Chapter of AARP, Bangor Chapter of RSVP, and the Eastern Area Agency on Aging.
Carol was a member of the Orono United Methodist Church for sixty-two years and was involved in many levels of parish life including the Board of Trustees and United Methodist Women.
Her greatest efforts though were always directed to her beloved University of Maine. She served as the Treasurer of the Class of 1953 for sixty-six years. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association, the Senior Alumni Board of Directors, Patrons of the Arts Board, and the Maine Christian Association Board. Of the many awards and citations in recognition of service, two of the most dear to her were the University of Maine Block "M" Award and the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service.
Always interested in travel, Carol made several memorable trips throughout Europe and eastern Africa. She was very pleased to have been able to attain a life-long goal of visiting all fifty of the states that make up our country.
She is survived by her three sons: Rev. Scott Mower, of Kittery; Daniel Mower and his daughter, Vanessa, both of Bangor; Todd Mower, his wife, Anita, and their daughter, Alexandra, all of Orrington. She also leaves one niece: Susan Mansfield and her daughter, Jayla, both of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Prentiss, who died before she was born, and a sister, Lois Prentiss Mansfield, who died in 1997.
Visiting hours will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main Street, Orono.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Orono United Methodist Church, 36 Oak Street in Orono with the Rev. Bumshik Min, officiating. Committal Services will take place in the spring at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville.
Gifts in memory of Carol can be made for nontraditional students through the Senior Alumni Scholarships payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine 04469-5792 or online at
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Published on November 27, 2019


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Hannah Dyer
Dec 06, 2019
Sending love from Phi Mu Pi Chapter at the University of Maine Orono!
Deirdre O'Callaghan
Dec 04, 2019
To Scott, Danny and Todd: I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a lovely lady.
Gene and Cheryl Doble
Dec 03, 2019
Scott, Danny, Todd so sorry for your loss. I don't have any words but through you I will always remember Aunt Carol and love the memories and Danny the my last memory of her was with you.
Tommy Dickey
Dec 02, 2019
Hi Scotty, Danny, and Todd ... Peter told me about your Mom's passing. Sorry I wasn't able to visit Orono today. We had wonderful times growing up on Forest Ave ... your Grammie and Grump's visits from Waterville, going out to t Glenburn farm. Seth and Vickie, the Brockways ... my best to you, Tommy
Francie Criner
Dec 01, 2019
Such a lovely person! The last time I talked to her was at the church craft fair. Her Christmas readings were so beautiful. What a wonderful life! I will miss her. My condolences to her family.
Nov 30, 2019
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Lynne M. Dearborn
Nov 30, 2019
Scott, Danny, and Todd, my condolences to you all for your loss. You can be comforted in your mother's life lived long and well. She touched so many lives in so many ways. I remember most vividly her yearly readings of the Christmas story at the Orono UMC. No matter how fidgety up to that point, she got and kept my attention. Her vibrant voice will be missed but her spirit will live on in the many memories she helped create.
Susan Wilkinson and James Schultz
Nov 29, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Carol Prentiss Mower by Susan Wilkinson and James Schultz.  Send flowers
Alice Klinge
Nov 29, 2019
So many memories of Carol coming into our classes and making our elementary school life filled with color and joy. A beautiful neighbor and friend to many, she sparked many thoughts of creativity and love. hugs to the "boys"
Antoine and Gail Gagnon
Nov 29, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the family. It is said that one can tell the person by observing the children. One person I know is a child of this woman, Fr. Scott that is loved much by our whole community in Ashland and Portage. We all know this woman had to have been a wonderful, loving and courageous woman to have raised this great man. Our hearts are all saddened these days of your loss, our loss. The love of our Lord be with you all at this time and always.
Kimberly Ripley
Nov 28, 2019
Scott, My condolences on your mom's passing. I remember her as a lovely lady who was certainly very proud of you when we were kids. Praying for peace for you and your family.