Violet  Lyford
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Dover-Foxcroft - Violet Lyford passed away February 12, 2020, at the age of 95, while surrounded by her family in Dover-Foxcroft. She lost her husband of 74 years, Raymond, just three years earlier.
She was born Violet Ruby Craig on June 30, 1924, to Leon and Ruby (Brawn) Craig, in Easton, Maine. She was predeceased by her brothers, Chester and Stanley Craig; as well as her sister, Elva Webber. The young family lost their mother far too early and Violet spent her formative years in the loving home of her Aunt Nellie.
By the late 1930's, her brother and sister formed a small country and western band, The Bar-K Buckaroos, to play at local dances. One night at a grange hall she picked out a shy boy in the audience and turned his face bright red by singing "Winking at Me" directly to him. He was smitten with her devilish smile and dimples, within a few years that shy boy would become her husband, Ray.
Violet was active in her community and the United Methodist Church of Dover-Foxcroft where she was a member. She loved her family and always took a special delight in making the holidays special for all of the children in her life. She loved music and art.
She may have been robbed of her memories by the end of her life but she never completely lost that playful spark of mischief in her smile and eyes. With prompting, she still loved to yodel and even drew sketches for the staff.
She is sadly missed by her children, Dennis and Patti Lyford, Thomas and Phyllis Lyford, Joyce and Dick Woodard, Bruce and Paula Lyford; her grandchildren, Michael Lyford, Melissa Starbird, Kathy Bloomberg, Chris Lyford, Andrea Turgeon, Mandi Cotter, Randle Woodard, Kevin Lyford, Emily Lyford; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family is very grateful for the care provided by Hibbard Nursing Home where she spent the last few years of her life.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in the family lot of the Dover Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at
Published on February 13, 2020


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Feb 14, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.
Linda and David Grant
Feb 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. May God be very close and comfort you at this time and in the days ahead
Edward D.Church Sr
Feb 14, 2020
Love and peace My condolences to your mom Tom
Jefferson Prestridge
Feb 14, 2020
Deepest sympathies to the Lyford family for
the loss of your dear loved one.
The matron of a fine family whose life was an inspiration to many. A full life well well lived.
Debbie Bell
Feb 14, 2020
I always think of Violet and her smile, she had a beautiful smile. She and Raymond were a cute couple. I am sorry for your loss.
Sean Shortall
Feb 14, 2020
Tom and Phyllis, I’m sorry for your loss
Cheryl Nelson
Feb 13, 2020
Patti & Dennis, I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ora Larrabee
Feb 13, 2020
To the Lyford family my condolences. I remember Violet from the days of her doing Friendly Home parties, She did many for my Mom and my sister that lived at home. We always had so much fun and laughed a lot.. She will be missed by many.