HOULTON – Lillian Saunders Currie passed away peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the home of her granddaughter, Teresa and Carle Goguen, of Houlton. Lillian Kathleen Hawkins Saunders Currie was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, to Claude and Alice Finnamore Hawkins.
She attended Woodstock schools, graduating from Carlton County Vocational School in 1937. She married Willis Blake Saunders in 1937, in Houlton, at the Methodist church, with Robert “Pete” and Lois Saunders Clark as witnesses. They had five children, Mary Alice Saunders, Richard Blake Saunders, Pamela June Saunders, who died at seven months old, Kathy Lynn Saunders and Allan Willis Saunders. Willis died at 45 years old. She married Lloyd Gilbert Currie in 1963. They had one child, Lloyd Anthony Currie. She was a Sunday school teacher at the Methodist church for more than 50 years, president of Methodist Woman’s Society for several years, also holding offices in other groups in the church. She had all her children attend church regularly until they graduated from Houlton High School. She took many college courses; becoming a certified teacher’s aide and a certified nurse’s aide, with the pharmacy course which she worked at until she was almost 72 years old. The most important part of her life was her family. She was happiest when surrounded by family, at meals and celebrations. She loved gardening and when she visited family there was always a tour of the garden to see what was in bloom. She loved music and it was especially important to her that her children take music lessons, usually the piano. She lived with her grandparents as a child and gave them credit for her positive and ambitious attitude.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Pamela, at seven months; her parents; husbands, Willis and Lloyd; brothers, Burton and Ronald Hawkins and Robert Jones; and stepfather, Manzer Jones. Surviving is daughter, Mary and Maurice Callnan; son, Richard and Sandra Saunders; son, Allan Saunders of Houlton; daughter, Kathy and Richard Gleason, of Auburn; son, Lloyd Anthony Currie of Potosi, Mo; sisters-in-law, Emma Jean Gustin of Corinna, Gaynelle Hawkins of Woodstock, New Brunswick, and Verona Jones of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia; nieces and nephews, Norma Clark Davis, Penny Saunders Nevers, Terry Saunders, Robert Clark, Connie Long, Kenneth Hawkins, Kim Hawkins, Terry Hawkins, Janice Hawkins Bull, Roderick Hawkins, Beth Hawkins Tait, Peter Hawkins, Lisa Jones Slauenwhite, Mark Jones, Todd.Jones, Shelly Jones Murphy and Angela Jones Hart; grandchildren, Gregory Callnan, Ann Callnan, Teresa Callnan Goguen, Stephen Callnan; Raymond Saunders, Debbie Saunders, Lori Saunders, Wayne Saunders, Karen Gleason Graham, Jill Gleason Sergeant, Ann Gleason Teas, Benjamin Saunders and Emma Saunders; great-grandchildren, Sonny, Kimberly Brigette, Patrick, Eric, Nichole, Connor, Harrison, Thatcher, Wyatt, Julia, Erik, Tyrell, Francis, Jenna, Bryan, Robert, Chelsie and Sami; great-great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Matthew and Haidyn; and she is also survived by a loving childhood friend, Peggy Hanson of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Friends may call 11 a.m.-noon. Services will be held noon Saturday, April 27, at Houlton United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patrice Hardy Goodwin officiating. Donations may be made in her memory to Houlton Animal Shelter or Houlton United Methodist Church, care of Dunn Funeral Home 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book at www.dunnfuneral.com.