AUGUSTA – Carrie Elizabeth Dickinson McConnell, 97, died Friday Dec. 20, 2013, eleven days before her 98th birthday, at the MaineGeneral Rehabilitation Facility at GrayBirch. She was born in Houlton, Dec. 31, 1915, the daughter of Harold and Mabel (Parks) Dickinson.
She spent her childhood on the family farm in Houlton and graduated from Houlton High School in 1933, as the salutatorian of her class. She attended Maine School of Commerce (now Husson University) in Bangor and was employed as a secretary in several Maine schools and businesses. She was an expert stenographer and could still write notes in shorthand well into her 90′s. In 1937 she married Frederick W. McConnell Jr. of Presque Isle. They lived at various times in Presque Isle, Houlton, Brewer and Blue Hill. Following her husband’s death in 1975, she returned to live in Houlton and later moved to the Augusta area to be near family. Carrie, called Elizabeth by her family and many of her friends, was a lifelong member of Military Street Baptist Church in Houlton and a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She taught Sunday school for many decades and was a Girl Scout leader in both Houlton and Brewer. She volunteered for community projects and was an accomplished writer and cook. She and husband, Fred loved boating and spent many summers exploring the islands of both Blue Hill and Frenchman Bay. After the death of her husband, she traveled extensively through the British Isles, United States and Canada with close friends.
She is survived by a son, John R. McConnell of Monterey, Calif..; a daughter, Catharine Webber and her husband, Sumner Sr. of Hallowell; two grandchildren, Sarah Webber of Hallowell and Sumner Webber Jr. and his wife, Sandra of Readfield; two great-granddaughters, Lindsay and Emily Webber of Readfield; a sister, Edith Weber and her husband, Justin of Portland; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick; a brother, M. Jerome Dickinson; a sister, Leah Magurn; and sister-in-law, Mary Thompson. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
As were her wishes, there will be a private family service and a spring burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may make them to Penney Memorial United Baptist Church, 35 Grove St., Augusta, ME 04330 or to Cary Library, 107 Main St., Houlton, ME 04730. Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, One Church St., Augusta.