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ORLAND – Corinne "Connie" Ayer, 87, the sweetest and dearest mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully March 11, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Connie was born March 6, 1925, in Sebago, daughter of Harry and Beulah (Fitch) Irish.

She graduated from Potter Academy, Sebago, as salutatorian for the class of 1942. Connie worked as a tacker at Bath Shipyard during World War II.

She was a full-time homemaker while enjoying seasonal work raking blueberries and picking apples. Connie also worked as a cook for Orland Consolidated School lunch program for a few years. Her passions were playing bingo and enjoying Hollywood Slots. Connie also loved to cook for family and friends with everyone’s favorite being her homemade doughnuts. She babysat all six of her grandchildren, and Connie and her husband, Aubrey, never missed their grandchildren’s ballgames.

Surviving are son, Aubrey Ayer Jr. and wife, Linda, of Orland; daughter, Nancy Butler and husband, Skip, of Eddington; daughter, Becky Knobloch and husband, Douglas, of Winterport; grandchildren, John Komninos Jr. of Orland, Kelly Boynton and husband, Larry, of Prospect, Kristina Young and husband, Royce, of Newburgh, Holly Shirland and husband, Jeremy, of Bucksport, Ed Rankin Jr. and wife, Maddy, of Bucksport, Matthew Ayer and Carol Moore and her children, Ansley and Brandon, of Tallahassee, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Hope Rankin, Lars Rankin, Elysia Rankin, Ryder Boynton, Sierra Boynton, Lucy Bamford and Kelsey Young; two very special nieces, Rita Dolloff of Sebago and Polly Savage of Corinth; brother, Harold Irish of Augusta; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Nora Brockelbank and Polly Davis of Orland and Lillian Warren of Vinalhaven; along with numerous Ellsworth area bingo friends. Connie was predeceased by her loving husband of 51 years, Aubrey Ayer Sr.; an infant daughter, Bonnie; four brothers and two sisters.

A private family gathering will be held Thursday, March 15, at her home in Orland. A private interment will be held later in the spring. Donations in her memory may be made to Maine Veterans Home, Activities Program, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. Condolences to the family may be expressed through the obituary page on the Bangor Daily News website at

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