AUGUSTA WADSWORTH RAYE BROMLEY

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.

ELLSWORTH – Augusta Wadsworth Raye Bromley, 98, passed away peacefully March 24, 2004, after a short illness at the Mount Desert Island Hospital. She had a wonderful life as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A few years ago upon the passing of a friend, Augusta remarked that the very short newspaper obituary was “sad.” Grandma “B’s” obituary will be loving and not sad. Augusta grew up in Eastport and graduated from Shead Memorial High School in 1924. She attended one year of school at Howard Seminary in Boston and two years of college at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She studied the Latin language for seven years. Augusta married John P. Bromley in Eastport in 1927 and lived her adult life in Poland, Ohio, and Jackson, Mich., and returned to Eastport, Perry and Ellsworth in 1968. She and her husband were charter members and founders of the Arbor Grove Congregational Church of Jackson, Mich. Her role number in this church was number four. She was a member of the Unitarian Church of Ellsworth and was married in the Unitarian Church in Eastport. In the past Augusta was active in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Women’s Club of Ellsworth. She played many games of Bridge and Scrabble and knitting for her family gave her great pleasure. In her later years, Augusta was one of the oldest members of the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth and until a few years ago, regularly attended an aquatic exercise program. She always remained interested in the activities of her large family attending innumerable school events, concerts and athletic contests. Even in her later years Augusta was busy attending to gifts and cards for birthdays, holidays and anniversaries for all of her large family. Augusta is survived by two children, George Raye Bromley and his wife, Louise, of Athens, Texas, and William C. Bromley, M.D. and his wife, Julie, of Trenton; a son-in-law, William Lucy of Orono; 10 grand-children, Nancy Bromley Collyns and her husband, Grant, of Round Rock, Texas, William Lucy and wife, Lorilyn, of Bangor, Jane Bromley Langley and her husband, Brian, of Ellsworth, Thomas Bromley and his wife, Pam, of Maquoketa, Iowa, Robert Lucy and his wife, Miriam, of Bangor, Steven Bromley and his wife, Peggy, of Littleton, N.H., John Lucy and his wife, Allison, of Orono, Patricia Lucy Hetterman and her husband, Kurt, of Bangor, Mary Ellen Bromley Toothaker and her husband, Scott, of Ellsworth and James Lucy of Portsmouth, N.H. Augusta had 28 great-grandchildren and she knew them all by name; Cindy, Michelle, Sarah, David, Caitlin, Carrie, Chloe, Cami, Jennifer, Christine, Michelle, Jillian, Molly, Landon, Amanda, Oscar, Joshua, Brittany, Paisley, Jack, Tom, Mark, Luke, Caroline, Annie, Billy, Adam and Jessica. Augusta is also survived by a sister, Mary Helen Hardie and her husband, Alex, of Union; two brothers, John Raye and his wife, Ruth, of Simsbury, Conn., Alexander and his wife, Jessie, of State College, Pa.; sister-in-law, Caroline Raye of Eastport and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Augusta was predeceased by her father, John Wesley Raye, the founder of J.W. Raye Mustard Mill in Eastport; her mother, Helen Wadsworth Raye of Eastport; her husband of 58 years, John P. Bromley, who died in 1985; her young son, Robert William Bromley, who died at the age of 2 in 1932; her daughter, Caroline Bromley Lucy, who died in 2002; and two brothers; George Raye and Henry Wadsworth Raye. Augusta and her family are especially thankful to her incredibly wonderful caregivers in her later years, Sandra, Shirley, Cari and Nicole. Memorial and remembrance services will be held 1 p.m. March 31, 2004 at the First Congregational Church, Church Street, Ellsworth. Interment will be held and announced at a later date at the Hillside Cemetery in Eastport. Memorial gifts and remembrances may be sent to the church and faith of your choice, the Mt. Desert Island Hospital, 10 Wayman Lane, Bar Harbor or the Downeast YMCA, 238 State St., Ellsworth. Arrangements by Jordan Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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