HERMON – Marceline Pauline "Polly" Ashe passed away June 26, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. Polly was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Bangor, to the late Leo and Elise (LaChance) Trainor.
Polly will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. More than anything else in life, Polly adored her family and always made sure to tell them how much joy they brought her. She loved to bake, especially chocolate cakes and whoopie pies, but even more than baking, she loved to watch others enjoy her confections. Polly enjoyed gardening and spent hours outside tending to her colorful flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. She loved the Red Sox and was a loyal fan. Sewing was one of her many talents, and her family will forever cherish the quilts she made for them throughout the years. She and her husband spent their retirement participating in craft shows with their handmade, wooden and sewn creations, and even opened "Ashe’s Crafts and Gifts" in their home. In more recent years, Polly spent many of her days visiting her husband at Orono Commons, Orono. She felt a sense of community at the nursing home and enjoyed lending a hand to the residents and chatting with the caring staff. Throughout this past year, Polly had reconnected with the Catholic church that had been an integral part of her childhood. She spoke of the priests at St. John’s, Bangor, with admiration, respect and gratitude for their acceptance of her after years away from the church.
Polly was predeceased by her daughter, Lorraine Garland and son-in-law, Stanley Garland, of Foxboro, Mass.; and her brother, Leo Trainer Jr. of Bangor. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 65 years, Milton "Buster" Ashe of Hermon. Polly will also be missed by her three sons, Robert Ashe and his wife, Sharon, of Bangor, Brian Ashe and his wife, Robin, of Holden, and Mickey Ashe and his wife, Chris, of North Kingstown, R.I.
Polly was truly a proud "Nana" and never missed an opportunity to rave about her 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Jeff Downs of Foxboro, Mass., Michael Ashe of Bangor, Wendy Garland and Jon Dore of Cape Elizabeth, Michelle and Lee Faull of Vail, Ariz., Mark and Amy Ashe of Scarborough, Skip and Bridget Garland of Mendon, Mass., Julie and Charlie Milan of Brewer, Wes Ashe of Orono, Jeremy and Sarah Ashe of South Portland, Ally and Paul Monyok of Veazie, Halley Gibson of North Kingstown, R.I., and Jenna Gibson of North Kingstown, R.I. Polly’s 20 great-grandchildren could always bring a fulfilled smile to her face, and she will be missed by each of them. Polly felt blessed to have special friends, Barbara Ross of Glenburn, Jeanne and Neil MacDonald of Hermon, Pat and Bob Goodspeed of Hermon, and Jane Fowle of Bangor.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember Polly’s life 8:30-9:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Matthews Catholic Church, 70 Western Ave., Hampden. Interment will be immediately after the funeral Mass at Snow’s Corner Cemetery, Fuller Road, Hermon. After the interment, family and friends are invited to St. Matthews Catholic Church for a reception. In keeping with Polly’s wishes, memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through