VEAZIE – Mary Silver, daughter of Burton and Elizabeth Wilson, passed away Sept. 26, 2005. She was born Feb. 28, 1918, in Prospect Harbor. Mrs. Silver was predeceased by her husband, Louis Silver, a local businessman. They moved to Veazie in 1955. She was active in town affairs for more than 15 years, serving on the planning board, school board and also the committee to build an addition to the school, after acquiring more land. She also helped to establish a school library and served a term on the town council. Mrs. Silver served as president and was a charter member and organizer of the Veazie Garden Club along with Inez Swift and Edith Thaxter. She became a member of the Garden Federation a few years later and was president of District 2. She joined the Bangor Garden Club and served as its President for two years. Mrs. Silver was an avid gardener, and in 1956 she studied and worked in flower arranging under John Bergholt and Iva Malone. She joined the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs in Orono and served on all the committees, finally as club president. She was elected secretary of the State Federation and worked her way up through the chairs. She was elected president of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1978-1980. While state president she served on the Board of International Hostesses for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. As president she represented the State Federation in Washington, D.C.; St. Louis, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and New Orleans, La. The highlight of all these was being invited to brunch in the Rose Garden at the White House, with the hostess being Rosalynn Carter. Mrs. Silver was chairman of three state conventions and four conferences, and as state president visited most of the clubs state wide. She was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue; and a Life Member of the Sisterhood; a member of Center Toman’s League; Hadassah; Senior Citizens and B’nai Brith. Surviving are her beloved son, Barney Silver and his wife, Robin; two grandsons, Benjamin Wilson Silver and Jacob Nelson Silver; two sisters; one brother; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center St., Bangor. Memorial week will be observed at the Silver home, 1360 State St., Veazie, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Interment will be in Beth Abraham Cemetery. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.