CATHERINE HAM GRANVILLE

Posted April 15, 2009, at 7:42 p.m.

LINCOLN – Catherine Ham Granville passed away April 14, 2009, at Penobscot Valley Hospital. She was born June 8, 1930, daughter of the late Gertrude Orr Ham and Austin Ham. Catherine lived most of her life in the Springfield-Lincoln area. As a young girl, Catherine had many happy times on the farm with her brothers and sisters. Many happy hours were spent in the later years of her life recounting those times with her family. Her family was often surprised at how the same memories differed from person to person. We still don’t know who worked the hardest, Catherine or her sister, Ruth. Although Catherine’s health deteriorated rapidly in the past two years and with the constant ache due to the death of her daughter, Heidi, she still had many joys in her life. Some of that joy included Thursday lunches with her sisters, visiting with extended family at the Annual Ham Family Reunion and when her great-granddaughter, Jillian, came to “Nana’s” to cook for her. Jillian’s biscuits were “dewisious.” Catherine also felt a connection with her daughter, Heidi, every time she held her youngest great-granddaughter, Marissa. Catherine was known for her spunk and wit, which carried her through some of the toughest times. She will be missed greatly by her family. She was predeceased by her youngest daughter, Heidi; and sisters, Margie and Blanche. Catherine is survived by three daughters, Shirl and Roger Avery, Vera and Gerry Carbone, and Jaye Richello and Bill; 13 grandchildren, Jana, Jessica, Jeremy, Rob, Theresa, Kris, Carrie, Alex, Gerry Jr., Chris, Katie, Michael and Josh; and seven great-grandchildren, Rob Jr., Rochelle, Megan, Christian, Dominic, Jillian and Marissa. Catherine is also survived by nine siblings, Buckshot, Dotty, Ruth, Laurence, Normie, Joyce, Jeanie, Keith and Linda. Throughout the past 20 years, Ronald Budge became a very important companion to Catherine. They shared many miles and lots of good food as they traveled together. Catherine requested not to have a funeral service, but rather a celebration of life, which will be held noon Saturday, April 18, at Shirl and Roger Avery’s home, 630 Enfield Road, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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