FARMINGTON – Mary T. Gifford, 88, wife of the late of Frank W. Gifford, died Friday, May 11, 2007, at Sandy River Nursing Care Center. She was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Bridgewater, Mass., the daughter of the late Thomas and Maryann (Fournier) Tinsley Sr. She graduated from Bridge-water High School in 1935 and the Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing, Fall River, Mass., in 1940. She worked at Truesdale Hospital as head nurse and night supervisor until 1946. She was married to Frank W. Gifford Jr. of Somerset, Mass., in 1943. Together, they moved their family to Cutler in 1961, where he was fire chief at Cutler Naval Radio Station. She worked at Down East Community Hospital, Machias, from 1965 to 1976. He died in 1974, and she moved to New Sharon, in 1977 to be near family. She worked part-time at the Home for the Aged, Farmington, and also took blood pressures at clinics in the area. She was a member of the Maine State Nurses Association; the Altar Guild of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Farmington; the Hospice Group of SRNCC, Farmington; RSVP and Literacy Volunteers, Franklin; and Somerset Counties. She enjoyed taking part in activities and going on trips sponsored by the Senior Center, Wilton; and attending Elder Hostels, once traveling as far as Alaska to participate. Her love of music inspired her to take piano lessons in her 60s, and she was always ready with a song to sing. She was also a lifelong Red Sox Fan. She is survived by one son, Frank W. Gifford and his wife, Joy, of Oakland; one daughter, Margaret G. Scholl and her husband, Ernest, of New Sharon; three grandchildren, Jennifer Currier and her husband, Michael, of Chesapeake, Va., Nathan Scholl and his wife, Kimberly, of Terre Haute, Ind., and Amy Scholl of Brighton, Mass.; one great-grandchild, Brandon Ryder; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Thomas, Joseph, Gerald, and Charles Tinsley; three sisters, Ellen T. Schroll, Rose T. Sweeney and Elizabeth T. Souza; and one grandson, Jeffrey L. Scholl. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Middle Street, Farmington, with the Rev. Roger Chabot officiating. After Mass, all are invited to attend a family reception that will be held at the parish hall, hosted by the Altar Guild. Family and friends are invited to call 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Committal services will be held noon Thursday, May 17, at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Route 27, Augusta. Those who desire may give gifts in her memory to Altar Guild of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Middle Street, Farmington, ME 04938. Online condolences may be expressed at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARY T. GIFFORD
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