FORT FAIRFIELD – Mrs. Constance E. “Connie” Averill, 82, wife of the late John F. Averill Jr., passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, Aug. 17, 2004, at a Portland healthcare facility, after a brief illness. She was born July 7, 1922, at Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Clark) Fisher. Connie was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School and also a graduate of the Madigan Hospital Nursing Program in 1943. She was employed by the Community General Hospital, Fort Fairfield and the AR Gould Hospital, Presque Isle for many years and worked as a nurse in the private sector until her retirement in 1986. Connie was a communicant of the St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Santa Maria Circle No. 427, Fort Fairfield, the Upper St. John Valley Golfers, the Aroostook Valley Country Club, Fort Fairfield and a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed cross-country skiing and was an avid reader. In addition to parents, she was predeceased by her husband on March 9, 1988; an infant son, Stephen Averill; one brother, Franklin Fisher; three sisters, Joan Calebro, Ruth McLaughlin and Dawn Albert. She is survived by one son, John F. Averill III of Fort Myers, Fla.; one daughter, Cynthia Cannan and her husband, William, of Saco; three grandchildren, Aaron Jon Cannan, Michael Albert Cannan and Courtney Averill Schad; one great-granddaughter, Grace Cynthia Schad; several nieces and nephews. At Connie’s request there will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the St. Denis Catholic Church, 143 Main St., Fort Fairfield, with the Rev. David Raymond celebrant. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. A time of fellowship will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 Main St., Fort Fairfield, immediately following the interment service. In Lieu of flowers, relatives and friends may contribute in memory of Mrs. Averill to the Fort Fairfield Public Library, 339 Main St., Fort Fairfield or to the American Cancer Society, New England Division Inc., One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Envelopes will be available at the church or may be obtained through the Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield.
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Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.