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OTIS – Joyce G. Wasson, passed away Jan. 31, 2010, after a long struggle with breast cancer. I was born Sept. 26, 1943, in Portland, the daughter of Sherman and Alice (Adams) Grant. I attended grade schools in Sangerville, Parkman, Bangor and Brewer, and high schools in Brewer and Houlton, and graduated from Brewer High School in 1961. I attended Husson College during my 16-year career at Bangor Hydro Electric Co., where I worked in the computer department and treasury department, and retired in 1993. I then went to work at Otis Town Office as an administrative assistant and retired again in July 2004. I belonged to Otis Baptist Church; Milwee Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 198, Orrington; Mariaville Grange No. 441; the Civil Air Patrol – Downeast Squadron No. NER-ME-038; Tri Town Garden Club; Brewer Senior Citizens; Northeast Region of Art; Ellsworth Chapter No. 2743 of the Order of the Elks; Tuesday Women’s Luncheon Group and The International Society of Photographers; and was a past participant of Marriage Encounter and Cursillo. I was predeceased by my first husband, Robert Roy Sr.; my parents, Sherman and Alice Grant; and my mother-in-law, Kathleen Wasson. I am survived by my loving husband, Laurence D. Wasson of Otis; my sister, Janice Hoffman and her husband, Boyce, of Bastrop, Texas; my brother-in-law, Bruce Wasson and his wife, Loretta, of Milford; as well as my children, Robert Roy Jr. and his wife, Cherie, of Holden, Lee-Anne Jones and her companion, Mike Cook Sr., of Ellsworth; two stepsons, Sean Wasson of Brewer and Brian Wasson and his wife, Melissa, of Levant; grandchildren, Monica Cook and companion, Heath Hopkins, of Hancock, Megan Miles and her husband, Tim, of Old Town, Mallorie Grant and her husband, Scott, of Clifton, Chelsea Cook of Ellsworth, Michael Cook Jr. and his wife, Kristie, of Pennsylvania, Joy Caron-Wasson of Orono and Wyatt Wasson of Levant; great-grandchildren, Nate, Isiah and Logan Butler of Ellsworth, Austin, Andrew and Zachery of Pennsylvania, Kayleb Andrew Grant of Clifton, Olivia and Emylee; and special family members, Dawn DeBois and her children, John, Cameron and Logan Dixon of Hermon. I am also survived by my special friends, Hilda Salisbury of Otis, Frank and Lauretta Merrill of Eddington, Ruth Roy of Clifton, David O. Cook of Dedham, Michael and Laura Salisbury of Otis, Edwin and Faith Colburn of Otis; the Tuesday Ladies Lunch Group; many nieces and nephews; and my many, many friends from Bangor Hydro, Otis, Brewer, the USA, and Patricia Stirrat of England. God bless each of you! Family and friends may visit 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer, where a celebration of my life will be held noon Friday, Feb. 5, with Pastor Gary Dill presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care Of Maine, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or Robert J. Roy Sr. Memorial Baseball Scholarship Fund at the U of M, Development Office, 101 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473. Do not be sad that I have gone from here, You will always know that I am near; In the sky so clear and bright and blue, I have started my life anew. No more suffering and no more pain, No more looking for snow or rain; No more worrying for the ‘morrow, No more sadness, no more sorrow. I have loved, laughed and shared my life, I’ve been a daughter, a mother, and a loving wife; And with my friends throughout the many years, I have lived with Jesus Who calmed my fears. I felt the wind and the soft gentle breeze, In early summer or in the late winter freeze; And knew God’s love was touching my soul, With love from above and a heart all aglow. I’ve seen the colors from God’s own hand, That He’s made for us throughout the land; I’ve felt the warmth of summer and the winter so cold, The wind, the rain and the storms so bold. But with a smile on my face and love in my heart, With laughter and joy a new life I will start; Remembering my time on an earth so grand, With music and dancing on the warm summer sand. And now in heaven I’ll sing and carry a tune, I’ll make joyful noises and hum with the loon; Beautiful music is what I will make, You’ll hear it all over the calm of the lake. So now I leave to join my Lord up above, With new angel wings as white as the dove’s; Soft and pure and spread so wide, Praying one day in Heaven I’ll be your guide.

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