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HOULTON – Phyllis Electa (Marley) Hersey Willette, 93, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at a local health care facility. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Smyrna, the daughter of Crawford and Electa (Grant) Marley. Phyllis was a graduate of Ricker Classical Institute, Class of 1934. She married Vaughn Hersey Sr., Oct. 2, 1940, and after his death, later married Lawrence Willette, Jan. 9, 1968. She was a member of Military Street Baptist Church and the Homemakers Club for many years. Phyllis worked at Bell Shop, Penney’s and Day’s Jewelry store in Houlton, as a saleslady for many years. She was known for her exceptional baking skills and never forgot birthdays of family and friends. Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a longtime resident of Houlton. She is survived by her grandchildren, Vaughn Hersey and his wife, Joan (Biggar) Hersey, of Powhatan, Va., Lauri (Hersey) Jacobs and her husband, Brian Jacobs, of Glenburn, and Christopher Hersey and his wife, Michele (Brimmer) Hersey, of Brewer; her daughter-in-law, Patricia (Sanborn) Hersey Ingalls of Hermon; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Michaela Hersey of Brewer, Nicholas and Elizabeth Jacobs of Glenburn, Jacqueline Ames of Portland and Jillian Ames of Cape Elizabeth. Other surviving relatives are her cousin, Charlotte (Marley) Porter of Cape Elizabeth; her nephews, Benjamin Marley and his wife, Betty, of Oakfield, Roger Marley and his wife, Miriam, of Houlton, Donald Marley and his wife, Charolotte, of Smyrna and Crawford Marley of South Windham, Conn.; and a niece, Luetta (Marley) Goodall of Smyrna Mills. She was predeceased by her parents; her husbands, Vaughn Hersey Sr. and Lawrence Willette; her son, Vaughn Hersey Jr.; and two brothers, Benjamin and Donald Marley of Smyrna. The family thanks the staff of Madigan Estates nursing facility for many years of caring service. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Dunn Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall Burns officiating. Spring interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton. In lieu of flowers, friends may make gifts in Phyllis’ memory to the charity of one’s choice, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences may be expressed at

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