MAPLETON – Louise Effie Ferguson Lavaway, 85, passed away of natural causes Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mildred Lavaway and Don Ratcliff, in Vernon Hill, Va. Mrs. Lavaway was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Portland, daughter of William Franklin Ferguson and Wilma L. (Rogers) Ferguson.
She resided and was educated in the Portland/Falmouth area until 1947, when she moved to Presque Isle to work for New England Telephone Co. She resided at a local Presque Isle landmark called, The Bellstead, a sorority home for out-of-town telephone operators. Shortly after her arrival to Presque Isle she met and wed the love of her life, Adrine Dennis Lavaway, and they were married January 23, 1948. They resided in Presque for a few years and then moved to Mapleton to raise their family. Mrs. Lavaway was very active in her children’s lives, 4-H, riding clubs and was also a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers Club. In addition to her family and friends, Mrs. Lavaway’s loves and interests included singing, writing, still life painting, reading, bird watching, gardening and caring for numerous beloved pets.
She is survived by her six children, Mildred Lavaway and husband, Don Ratcliff, of Vernon Hill, Va., Dennis Lavaway and wife, Donna, of Waynesboro, Va., Gary Lavaway and wife, Becky, of Presque Isle, Carolyn Griffin of Sherrill’s Ford, Va., Marilyn Saucier of Hope, and Connie Orcutt-Lavaway of Portland; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Carmeline Tardy of Lincoln and Jean Oliver of Connecticut; and many friends. Mrs. Lavaway was predeceased by her loving husband, Adrine Dennis Lavaway; parents, William and Wilma Ferguson; and brothers, Albert, Kenneth, Bill and Elmer Ferguson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Morency, celebrant. Interment will be at North Main Street Catholic Cemetery after the funeral Mass. A reception will be held after the interment at Knights of Columbus Hall. Mrs. Lavaway’s loving and nurturing spirit will live forever in the hearts of those who knew her. Donations in her memory may be made to The Central Aroostook Humane Society, 23 Cross St., Presque Isle, ME 04679 or by calling (207) 764-3441. Arrangements are in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. Condolences may be expressed at