BAR HARBOR – Lillian Garland, 94, died May 6, 2010, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, after a stroke and heart attack suffered Tuesday evening, May 4. Lillian was born June 4, 1915, in Canaan, the fifth child to Hilda and John Goodridge. While remembering that farm life was not easy, Lillian always spoke of her youth on the farm with great fondness. As a young woman she made her way to Mount Desert Island, where she obtained employment as a domestic in one of the summer homes in Seal Harbor. While on Mount Desert Island, she met and married a local man, Gerard Garland. They had two sons, Robert and Gerard Jr., and Lillian devoted herself to their care and upbringing. She was a wonderful mother and saw to it that their home was a welcoming place for them and their friends. Peripatetic, would be an accurate word to use to characterize the life of Lillian as a young mother. Her sons can recall changing schools 13 times prior to settling in Bar Harbor in the spring of 1948. Nor was that an end to the moving, as their youngest son was already in Alaska, they moved there just in time to experience the March 27, 1964, Alaska earthquake. Predictably, a life of constant upheaval took its toll on the marriage and divorce resulted. There was yet more moving in her later years, but most of it with less drama. In 1979, now living in Prospect Harbor, Lillian was encouraged to take up square dancing. While taking lessons through the Adult Ed program at Mount Desert Island High, she met Ernest Dougherty, a recent widower, and they decided to get married. The strong attraction of square dancing and the square dancing community sustained them through 20-plus years together, and they danced throughout New England and the Maritimes. They were enjoyable years though also fated to end in divorce. Lillian lived her final years with her eldest son, Robert, in Town Hill, where she greatly enjoyed the visits of family and friends. Lillian was a very spiritual person and though she occasionally wondered why she should be the last of eight siblings, she never doubted that it must be the way God wanted it. For her family and relatives, Lillian lives on through her poetry, through the many dresses, sweaters and quilts she sewed and knit throughout the years, and through the memory of her unfailing smile and warm, welcoming manner. Lillian is survived by her two sons, Robert of Town Hill, and Gerard and wife, Marion, of Haines, Alaska; grandchildren, Ross and wife, Emily, of St. Alban’s, Vt., Kristi Hatrick and husband, Eddie, of Brunswick, Andrea Garland of Salt Lake City, and Jennifer Garland of Portland, Ore; and great-grandchildren, Elora, Graham, Hunter and Axel Garland, Lily and Evie Hatrick, and Evelyn Garland. Lillian is also survived by nine nieces and nephews, and their families. In keeping with Lillian’s wishes, her ashes will be interred in the Goodridge family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Canaan. A small memorial gathering will be held at a time and place yet to be determined. Rest in peace, Ma. We love you.
Posted May 11, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.