FORT FAIRFIELD – Mrs. Lois T. (Kearney) Haines, 69, wife of the late Rommy L. Haines Sr., died Saturday evening, Feb. 12, 2005, at her Fort Fairfield residence following an extended illness. She was born March 14, 1935, at Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Ralph G. and Edith F. (Rix) Kearney. Lois was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 1953, and was married to Rommy L. Haines on July 11, 1953. She was an active member of the Fort Fairfield Garden Club having held various offices and was a member of the former Fort Fairfield Grange having served in many offices including master. Lois was past vice chairman for the Executive Committee of the Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle, was chairman of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival Committee, Fort Fairfield for many years, was past president of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, was an active member of the Philomathian Club, Fort Fairfield, and served for 20 years as treasurer of the Aroostook County Democratic Committee. She was an active and founding member of the Frontier Heritage Society, Fort Fairfield, and was involved in the blockhouse reconstruction and the Friends Church Museum and was a member of the University of Maine Co-Op Extension Service, Fort Fairfield branch. Lois farmed for 30 years with her husband, was employed by the Aroostook Area on Aging, Presque Isle as a site manager for Leisure Gardens, Presque Isle and Fields Lane, Fort Fairfield for 27 years and also wrote a column for the Fort Fairfield Review on the history of Fort Fairfield for several years. Lois loved to tend her many gardens, cherished her many pets and took special delight in many wild creatures that came to and lived on her farm. She especially enjoyed the many long and quiet evenings spent fly fishing with her husband on the large pond that they spent their lives building and caring for. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her husband, Rommy L. Haines Sr., on Dec. 13, 1998; one brother, William O. Kearney. Mrs. Haines is survived by her mother, Mrs. Edith Kearney of Fort Fairfield; two sons, Rommy L. Haines Jr. and his wife, Martha, of Mapleton, Ray R. Haines of Fort Fairfield; two grandchildren, Ryan Haines of Charlotte, N.C., Jasmine Haines of Mapleton; two stepgrandchildren, Shane Screnock and his wife, Kelly, of Muncie, Ind., April Morrissette of East Setauket, N.Y.; three great-stepgrandchildren, Nicolas and Olivia Screnock, and Sasha Morrissette; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph G. and Mary Kearney of Sanford, Robert J. and Janet Kearney of Winter Haven, Fla., Richard P. and Elsie Kearney of Easton; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Judith A. and James Alderdice of Woodstock, Ga., Sara E. and Barry Davies of Pleasantville, Conn., Linda I. and Charles Steinhardt of Brooklyn, N.Y.; many dearly loved nieces and nephews. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Palmer officiating. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield, later in the spring. A time of fellowship with refreshments will be held at the VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield, immediately following the funeral service. Those who choose may contribute in memory of Mrs. Haines to the Frontier Heritage Society/ Friends Church Museum, care of Shawn Murchison, 38 Harding Avenue, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742.
LOIS KEARNEY HAINES
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.