Polly Parker Stembridge Weaver

Posted July 11, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Polly Parker Stembridge Weaver, died on July 10, 2014. The only child of Alfred Reginald Stembridge and Elizabeth Frances Smith Stembridge, Polly was born in Reading, Massachusetts on May 22, 1921. Her ancestors, the Parkers, were one of the founding families of Reading. She also spent almost every summer at the family cottages in Fortunes Rocks, Biddeford, Maine. She graduated from Reading High School, Bradford Junior College, and Barnard College. After graduating she moved to Norfolk, Virginia during World War II and worked in the Traveler’s Aid office of the USO. While there she caught the attention of a handsome young Coast Guardsman from Los Angeles, she and Miles were married on June 28, 1947 in Reading, They moved to Los Angeles in late summer in order for Miles to continue his studies at UCLA. While there she became enamored with his large family and lifelong friendships ensued. Upon his transfer to Clark University in Worcester, Mass in 1949, they completed the first of many coast to coast trips. This first one was dubbed a Reverse ’49er expedition by the Reading Chronicle. The next cross country drive was not until 1975, but in the following years they managed several more in their series of VW Campers, including a memorable trip to Alaska in 1986 with Miles’ sisters Dorothea and Hazle Mary and her husband Jack. Always on back roads and always looking for the best food, Polly chronicled their trips and they never took exactly the same route twice! She also enjoyed sailing with Miles, whether it was a boat delivery, of which there were many, or on their boats, the last of which was the Shebang.

Polly worked in the reference room of the Portland Public Library for many years until she and Miles moved to Southwest Harbor in 1973. While living in Southwest Harbor she served on the board of the Southwest Harbor Public Library eventually becoming chair of the board. She played an important role in planning the 1983-84 expansion as well as starting the annual appeal. She and Miles also volunteered their time cataloging the large number of glass plate negatives at both the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the MacArthur Library in Biddeford.

Polly was an avid researcher of both hers and Miles’ family genealogies. She published several articles in the Judkins Family Journal about Miles’ grandfather David R. Judkins, an early photographer on the west coast. Her tenaciousness and care in this research is treasured by the ensuing generations of her family.

Polly was a fabulous correspondent whether by snail mail, e-mail or telephone; she kept in contact with numerous childhood, college, work and neighbor friends.

Polly was predeceased by her parents, an uncle Stanley Stembridge and wife Ruth, aunts Rachel Smith Brooks and her husband G. Clark Brooks and Marion Hilton Smith all of Reading and cousin Stanley Stembridge of Boston, her in-laws who meant so much to her; Dorothea Johnston, Roby Weaver, Loyal & Mildred Weaver and Hazle Mary & Jack Fry. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Miles Waverly Weaver, son David Judkins Weaver of Boston and wife Liz, daughter Elizabeth Smith Weaver-Radcliffe and husband Michael of Southwest Harbor,, grandchildren Erin Rachel Sorenson Weaver of Portland, Oregon, Christina Radcliffe Lapointe and husband Derek of Southwest Harbor, and Miles Edwin Sorenson Weaver of Beverly, Mass and great-grandchildren Mason Michael Lapointe and Genevieve Parker Lapointe of Southwest Harbor. She is also survived by a special cousin Sally Stembridge of Reading, Mass, former daughter-in-law Elizabeth Sorenson of South Deerfield, Mass and dearly loved nieces and nephews and their families around the country – John & Charlotte Quick, Miles & Sherri Weaver, Ann Nichols, Jacke & Johnny Foster, Marnie & Mike Gleason, Sam Weaver, George & Sheila Fry.

There will be graveside services at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Reading, Massachusetts at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Hancock County, Doctors Without Borders, the Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor, Maine or the MacArthur Library, Biddeford, Maine

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