MILFORD – Dr. Reta L. Graham, 88, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Bangor. She was born on June 28, 1925 in Milford, the daughter of William P. and Ida (Cote) Graham.
Reta was educated at Old Town High School before achieving a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Maine at Orono, a Master’s Degree at the University of Nebraska, and finally a Doctor of Education from the University of Maryland. She also served with the Women’s Army Corps and won many awards and citations for her work in speech development programs. She was commissioned as Captain in the US Army Reserves. She was honored by the U.S. Army with the Commendation Medal for programs and instructional materials developed during her tenure in the Corps. In addition she served as speech consultant for the Army Personnel Division, and narrated recruiting films. Reta had an illustrious career as an educator in many academic settings. She served as a Professor of Speech and Director of the Speech and Communication Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for 20 years before retiring in 1984. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in the Midwest. She also authored The Baker’s Dozen, a workbook text with cassette tapes for vocabulary building in the early 1980s. Later in life she was a collaborator in the publication of two books, “Livre de Cuizine” and “Nos Histoires de L’Ile.” Reta was a member of the Holy Family Church, as well as the Old Town Senior Citizens.
She was predeceased by her parents; three brothers, Clarence, William, and Wilfred Graham; and two sisters, Hilda Deshane, and Vivian Freil. She is survived by a sister, Theresa Gould of Milford; special great great nieces Lauren and Rachel Martin, a special niece Patricia Golder; a special great nephew Rick Rossignol and his wife Jessica Rossignol whose help and support meant so much in her final hours; as well as many other nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main Street, Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 am at the Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Old Town. All are invited to return to the Parish hall where a light luncheon and continued fellowship will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Reta’s memory to the Old Town Animal Orphanage 71 Airport Road, Old Town, ME 04468. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.