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CALAIS – Lois K. McNamara, 87, a lifelong Calais resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Atlantic Nursing Home, Calais. She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Calais, the daughter of Ralph and Annie (Maguire) Brown. She attended schools in Calais and graduated from Calais Academy and Holy Rosary Business School, St. Stephen, New Brunswick. After graduation she worked for a year in Boston before returning to Calais, where she married William J. McNamara, Nov. 24, 1943. They had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, November 2006, just prior to Bill’s death. Lois worked for the state of Maine’s Employment Office for 26 years. Mrs. McNamara was a communicant at Immaculate Conception Church, Calais, a member of Daughters of Isabella, Sodality and was a participant in all church activities. She was an avid golfer and was for many years a member of St. Croix Country Club, where she served on numerous committees. She and Billy were regulars at the club, playing every possible day after retirement. She was active in her children’s activities, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader. She had many talents, but particularly enjoyed creating with her hands through sewing, crewel and needlework, and antique chair caning and refinishing. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Billy; two infant children, Mark and Roxanne; her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Earl Gaddis of Woodland; and her brother, Daniel Brown of Bradenton, Fla. She is survived by two children, Michael McNamara and his wife, Patricia, of Naples, Fla., and Sue Ellen Clark and her husband, Arnold, of Calais; four grandchildren, Michele McNamara of Portland, William McNamara and his wife, Alane, of Burlington, Vt., Arnold S. Clark and his wife, Tamara, of Durham and Derek Clark and his fianc?e, Jaime Hiltz, of Scarborough; four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Amy McNamara, and Sofia and Oliver Clark; sisters-in-law, Grace Brown of Bradenton, Fla., and Joyce Beecher of Cape Elizabeth; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Immaculate Conception Church, Calais Avenue, Calais, by Father James Plourde. Interment will be in the family plot at Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lois’ memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 898, Calais, ME 04910 or Calais Regional Hospital, 22 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619. Condolences may be expressed at

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