CALAIS – Mildred Elizabeth Burgess, 85, passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 7, 2014. Millie was born June 29, 1928, in Milltown, to Whitfield and Catherine (Laking) Hayward.
In addition to her parents, Millie was predeceased by three sisters, Stella Harper, Nora Wakefield, and Geraldine Allen; a brother, Whitfield Hayward; and her friend and companion, Joseph Tokarz. She is survived by her son, Edward Burgess Jr and his wife, Belinda, of Alexander; two stepgrandchildren, Kenneth Poole III of Calais and Burton Poole and his wife, Cheryl, of Alexander; three great-grandchildren, Chabre and Danielle Poole and Cailen Hanson; a special friend, Bud Barnard; and several cousins and many friends.
Millie was active for many years as a member of the Riverside Rebekah Lodge No. 140 of Woodland, Olive Rebekah Lodge No. 18 of St. Stephen, Phythian Sisters Maple Leaf No. 30 of St. Stephen and the Phythian Sisters Seaside Temple No. 59 of Eastport. She worked various jobs over the years, spending time with the Burns Security and Wallace Security companies at the Stud Mill in Baileyville before working with Woolworth’s of Calais until her retirement. Finally Millie dedicated ten years to the Calais Police Department as Police Matron. She will be missed.
Donations of remembrance may be made to the Alexander Volunteer Fire and First Responders, 50 Cooper Road, Alexander, ME 04694. Visitation will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.