WINDHAM – Mary Searles Myers, 87, passed March 4, 2013, quietly in her sleep from complications with pneumonia. She was the daughter of Joseph McLaughlin Searles and Helen Hawthorne Searles, who owned Searles Dairy Farm, founded in 1857, Brownville.
She was the third child, after Robert and Kenneth, and worked on the farm until graduating as valedictorian in 1943. She then went to the University of Maine, Orono, to study nursing and met Morley Myers. They were married in Hamburg, N.Y., in 1946 and came back to Maine to raise a family which included, Nancy, Pamela, Kenneth, Jon and Earle. They lived in South Portland and Scarborough, and then moved to Bradford in 1975.
Though brought up religious, at about the age of 49 she met a lady who shared about a personal God who desired to have a personal relationship with her. She came to understand why God presents Himself as a holy God, and mankind as sinful and cut off from Him, Romans 3:10-12 and 23, and that God cannot accept our good works as payment for our sin, Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2:9, Titus 3:4 and 5, and Romans 4:5. Understanding that God demanded death as punishment for sin, Genesis 2:17, Ezekiel 18:4 and 20 and Romans 6:23, she eventually trusted in Jesus and believed that when He died, He took that punishment for her, Romans 5:8. She came to believe that only He could save her from the consequences of her sin, eternal death or separation from Him, and give her this personal relationship with God, Hebrews 10:12-18. This became, by far, the most precious thing to her. Mary sought active ways to be a blessing and communicate her faith to others, whether through music by playing the organ, piano, or guitar, or artistically. Burning sayings on wooden shingles was a favorite hobby of hers. She was always one to utilize a clever turn of phrase to illustrate a spiritual truth, “I’m not looking for the undertaker, I’m looking for the Uppertaker!” Such was the faith of Mary. One of her favorite sayings was, “You don’t stop laughing because you grow older, you grow older because you stop laughing,” and she was smiling and laughing until the very end. She will be missed by all whom had the pleasure of being her friend. She was an amazing mom, grandmother and great-grandmother and just a very nice lady to so many.
A memorial service will be held June 15, at the Community Center in Bradford.