GOULDSBORO and OLD TOWN – Annette Alice Paradis King, 88, of Gouldsboro, wife of Gerald Charles King, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, after a long illness. She was born April 11, 1924, in Old Town, the first daughter of Emile J. Parady of Pea Cove and Lydia H. (Sirois) Parady of Treat-Webster Island in Old Town.
Annette was raised in Old Town and graduated from Old Town High School in 1942. She graduated from Robert Breck Brigham Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, and worked there before taking a job as the office nurse for Robert C. Cornell, M.D., in Orono. She married Gerald King of Bradley in 1951, and together they made their home and raised their family in Wallingford, Conn. As the children took on greater independence, she volunteered for the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. After completing her role as mother and homemaker, Annette returned to nursing for eight years at Westfield Manor nursing home in Meriden, Conn., where she also did social work until her retirement. Annette and her husband relocated to Gouldsboro in 1983. While in Gouldsboro Annette was active in the historical society and served as its president for a period of time. She also researched her own Franco-American family history, and self-published two books, “Growing Up on Academy Hill” and “A Place Called Spruce Knoll,” two cookbooks and two collections of poetry. She also had several pieces published in the Le Forum quarterly. Writing for her was a late pursuit, but a labor of love that endured until her last illness. Her interest in crafting, passed on to many of her grandchildren, and flair for hospitality, enjoyed by many, were the sincerest expressions of her love for family, friends and her beautiful surroundings in Gouldsboro. Her life’s greatest pleasure were watching her sons and grandchildren, during numerous summer visits, find the same joy and freedom that she found walking across the open spaces, paths and trails on her beloved “Spruce Knoll” acres.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, Gerald, Annette is survived by their four sons, Kenneth King and his wife, Ninnette, of Biddeford, Joel King of East Hartford, Conn., Robert King of Standish and Thomas King and his wife, Beth, of New Britain, Conn.; 13 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; one sister, Lydia Baker and her husband, Ward, of Boothwyn, Pa.; one brother, Mitchell Paradis and his wife, Joan, of Riverport, Nova Scotia; a sister-in-law, Cora (Rand) Paradis of Old Town; a brother-in-law, Thomas Cathcart of New York City; a great number of nieces and nephews, and many cherished friends and neighbors who will also miss her. She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann King; two sisters, Laura Cathcart and Marguerite Finley; her brother, Eugene Paradis; and a brother-in-law, Alden Finley. The King family extends their heartfelt gratitude to many people for their help and support throughout Annette’s illness, particularly her nieces, Karen and Bridget Franciose; and the staff and volunteers at Hancock County Homecare & Hospice.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Holy Family Parish, 262 South Main St., Old Town, with interment after at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A time of fellowship will be afterward in the parish center. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Condolences may be offered to her family at www.kileyandfoley.com.