HOULTON – Ella T. McQuarrie 88, died Feb. 23, 2013, at a local health care facility. She was born April 16, 1924, in Houlton, daughter of Harry A. and Clara (Henderson) Thwaites.
Ella was an organist for the Congregational church for many years. She also played for East Hodgdon Baptist Church and Houlton Alliance Church. Ella taught high school in Hodgdon and Sherman school districts. She resided at Madigan Estates for the past year.
Ella is survived by her husband of 37 years, Clifford McQuarrie; three sons, Wayne H. Pierce and special friend, Sunshine L. Easler, H. James Bell and partner, Mark Harvath, and Ted and Sherry Bell; daughter, Christine Marie Nightingale and husband, Brian; Clifford’s three sons, Tom and Brenda McQuarrie, Steve McQuarrie and fiancée, Linda Henderson, and Brian and Debbie McQuarrie; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of service 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dunn Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Lunn officiating. Gifts may be made in Ella’s memory to Houlton Humane Society or the charity of one’s choice, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. For online condolences and guest book, please visit