GLADYS E. CONANT

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.

FARMINGTON – Gladys E. Conant, 97, of Canton Point Road, Canton, died Thursday morning, May 26, 2005, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington, where she had been a patient for just over a week. A life-long resident of Canton, she was born Sept. 26, 1907, Canton, the daughter of Wallace and Effie (Morrison) Conant. She was a 1924 graduate of Canton High School and April 20, 1932, she married John Carleton Conant in West Paris. Together, they loved and raised their family on the Conant Family Farm in Canton. He died Sept. 19, 1970. Gladys was the oldest leader of the oldest club in the country, the 4-H Club. She was a 68-year member of the Canton Busy Workers 4-H Club and served as its leader for many years. In 2002, she was inducted in the 4-H Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., where an engraved brick was placed with her name at the National 4-H Center. She was also a member of the Pine Tree 4-H Fdt., receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. She had been named the Outstanding 4-H Leader at Oxford County Fair and Fryeburg Fair and was honored by the naming of the Gladys Conant 4-H Exhibit Hall at Oxford County Fair Grounds. She was a 74-year member of the Farm Credit of Maine and received their Distinguised Service Award. She was former state president, county president, and current county treasurer, Canton Chapter president of the Cooperative Women of Extension Group. For many years, she served as the chair of the extension’s advisory board. In 1959, she was named Cooperative Extension Outstanding Homemaker of the Year and in 1983 earned the distinction of Cooperative Extension Outstanding Citizen. She was a member of the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District and in 1973, was awarded the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservationist Farmer Award and 20 years later was awarded the Maine Dairy Shire Dairy Industry Leader Award. Her love for her community lead to a variety of activities, including serving on the Canton School Department and MSAD No. 21 School Board for 49 years, some of which were in the capacity as chair or vice-chair. For her commitment to education the Gladys Conant/ Dr. Carroll Howes Student/ Community Center was co-named, partly in her honor. She was a member of the Canton Town Republican Committee and served as a polling booth clerk for the Town of Canton. She was currently the recording secretary/treasurer for the Canton Point Ladies Circle. Her passion was music. She was a gifted piano teacher and served as the organist for the Bradbury Memorial Church. She is survived by her children, Clinton Conant and his wife, Jeannette Cobb Conant, of Canton and their two children, Kathy Alexander and her husband, Ronald, of Auburn and Kelly Ross and her husband, David, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Olive Conant Dubord and her three daughters, Laurie Deane and her husband, Ronald, of Jay; JoEllen Couture and her husband, Jay, of Jay; and Rachel Ouellette and her husband, James, of Jay; Norris Conant and his wife, Jacqueline Cox Conant, of Canton and their three sons, John Conant and his wife, Jennifer, of Canton, Anthony Conant and his companion, Belissa Corriveau, of Canton and Andrew Conant and his companion, Amanda Lucas, of Canton; Ralph Conant and his wife, Beverly Richardson Conant, of Turner and their two children, Rick and his wife, Monica, of Winthrop and Rhonda Senger and her husband, Peter, of Yarmouth; Duane Conant and his wife, Betty Meserve Conant, of Canton and their two children, Deborah Keene and her husband, Steven, of Canton and Dennis Conant and his wife, Heidi, of Canton, Ann Conant Allen and her husband, Gene Allen, of Jay, and their three children, Gene Allen Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Jay, Lisa Jackson and her husband, Robert, of Carthage and Peggy Crosby and her husband, Ronald, of Portland; George Conant and his wife, Patricia Sheedy Conant of Scarborough and their two children, Jeffrey Conant and his companion, Trisha Nadeau, of Scarborough and Amanda Conant and her companion, Peter Signori, of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Joanne McAllister Conant of Old Orchard Beach and her four children, Barry Conant and his wife, Ada Rae, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Anita Covey and her husband, Marlon, of Sterling, Mass.; Cheryl Trenoweth and her husband, Rusty, and Teresa Bennett and her husband, Brenton, all of Yarmouth; 31 great-grandchildren; one niece, Lola Sayer and her husband, Ralph, of Canton; and two first cousins, Keith Morrison and Jane Bubar. She was predeceased by two children, Clifford Conant and Lucille Conant; a sister, Clara Keene; and a son-in-law, Eugene “Gene” Dubord. Family and friends are invited to call 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 42 Weld St., Dixfield. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, from the Dr. G.G. DeFoe Gymnasium at Dirigo High School, Dixfield, with Pastor Joseph Perham, officiating. Following services, all are welcome to attend a family reception at the Gladys Conant/Dr. Carroll Howes Student/Community Center. Burial will follow at the Canton Point Cemetery. Those who desire may give gifts in her memory to the Gladys Conant Scholarship Fund care of Ann Allen, 82 Belanger Rd., Jay, ME 04239. Envelopes available at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be sent to wilesfunerahomes@verizon.net.

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