|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1916|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2011|
Mary Fairbanks Haskell, 95, died on Oct. 21, 2011 at Gosnell
Memorial Hospice House following a short illness. Mary was born in Houlton on
August 19, 1916. She was married to J. Robert Haskell, her childhood sweetheart. They were classmates in school, neighbors in town, and graduated together from Houlton High School and Colby College.
Bob predeceased Mary, dying three weeks before their 70th wedding anniversary in 2009. Mary was also predeceased by her sister and dear friend, Isabelle Hobby.
Mary and her husband raised four sons in Manchester, Conn. While Mary's family was the focus of her energies and attention, she was a nursery school teacher and later became the first director of Project Head Start in Manchester. She adored children and was a compassionate and dedicated teacher, making many friends and lasting relationships through her work. As a social and caring woman, she continued to make devoted friends throughout her life, including during her travels and retirement in Florida and Higgins Beach. She was an avid reader, enjoying a good mystery as well as current novels, until her sight failed in recent years. Mary was also an avid card player, relishing the social component of the game as well as the competitiveness; she played cards with friends and family well into her nineties with great enthusiasm. She and her husband were both keen travelers, following their interests and making trips around the world, including visits to Mary's favorite places, Egypt and China, before settling into a more quiet life spent traveling between their homes in Florida and Scarborough. Mary delighted in (or hid her disappointment at) having an all-male family - four sons, three grandsons, and three great-grandsons. Perhaps because she was surrounded by so many males, she formed close relationships with her daughters-in-law, whom she referred to as her daughters.
She is survived by her son John and his wife Lorrie Eastwick of Kittery Point, her son David and his wife Karen of Scarborough and Florida, her son Robertson of California, and her son Richard and his wife Noreen of Weymouth, Mass. Her family and friends will miss her vibrant and loving presence in their lives. Services will be private, and the family requests that no flowers be sent. Instead, please spend a quiet moment reflecting on your memories of Mary, her uniqueness, and her impact on the lives of others.
Sumner Alberto Fairbanks (1877 - 1930)
Ressie Daggett Fairbanks (1887 - 1977)
John Robert Haskell (1917 - 2009)*
Isabelle Daggett Fairbanks Hobby (1912 - 2001)*
Mary Fairbanks Haskell (1916 - 2011)
Black Point Cemetery
Created by: Robert Hall
Record added: May 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110191108