Andover Obituaries Beginning with "K"


Elizabeth Jordan Keene, 1915-2006  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, April 1, 2006)


   Augusta - Elizabeth Jordan "Betty" Keene, 90, formerly of Auburn, died at the Glenridge Nursing Home on Friday, March 31.

   Elizabeth Pennell Jordan was born in Portland on June 13, 1915, to the late Henry Irving and Elsie Boody Jordan. She graduated from Deering High School in 1932. She also graduated from the University of Maine in 1936 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She was a member of the Sigma Mu Sigma national honorary psychological fraternity, and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, being president her junior year.

   Her future husband, Norton Keene, of Turner was president of his fraternity the same year. She was a member of the Young Women's Christian Association, the Rifle Team, and participated in basketball and held several dormitory and class offices. To build a nest egg, both Norton and Betty worked for two years before getting married.

   After graduating from college, she worked in Auburn as a social worker. Betty and Norton were married on July 3, 1938 in Portland. They set up housekeeping in Easton, in Aroostook County, where Norton taught agriculture. Later they moved to Fryeburg, where he continued teaching, and where they lived when son Clifford was born. Soon after this they moved to Auburn, where they lived when second son, David was born. In 1945, they built a camp near Andover, where they spent many happy days on hunting and fishing trips.

   In the late 1950s, she took several courses to update her teaching credentials. She taught, and for most of the time until retirement, she was principal of schools run by the Lewiston and Auburn Association for Retarded Children. She received much recognition and several awards related to her caring for her students. Norton died in 1967.

   Soon after that she made a trip to Hawaii, primarily to see her new granddaughter, Anita. Later she made numerous trips to Idaho to see Anita and her second granddaughter, Brenda. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, David and Timothy in Readfield, often to watch them play ball or run track.

   After retiring in 1980, she went on numerous trips, often senior citizens trips with friends. She especially enjoyed her trips with Betty Sprague, the mother of her daughter-in-law, Grace. However, she was devastated by the death or her grandson, David in 1989, and her son, David in 1995.

  She attended Senior Citizens meetings in Auburn, and volunteered at the Auburn Public Library for many years. She was an active member of the West Auburn Congregational Church until moving to an Alzheimer's home in 2000.

   In addition to her family, she had fond memories of her summers at her uncle's cottage at Panther Pond in Raymond with her brother Ed and cousin John Edson. She was very active in Campfire Girls and during her early college years, was a camp counselor and was very proficient at water sports.

   She is survived by her son, Clifford and his wife, Marlene, of Salmon, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Grace, of Readfield; sister-in-law, Elva Keene, of Maryland; two granddaughters, Anita Williams and husband, Tony, of Manley, New South Wales, Australia and Brenda of Portland, Ore.; and grandson, Timothy of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Norton Keene; brother, Edward C. Jordan; son, David J. Keene; and grandson, David A. Keene.

Frank C. Keith, 1876 - 1938 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Frank C. Keith, a former resident of Andover, died at his home on Pleasant street, Mechanics Falls, Saturday night [no date given] following a brief illness of a heart ailment.

  Mr. Keith was born July 24, 1876, at Wayne, the son of John F. and Delia Herrick Keith. When he was a young man the family moved to Andover where he married Mona Newton. In 1922 he moved to Mechanics Falls where he has since resided. He was employed by the Maple Grove Cemetery Association. Mr. Keith was a member of Cabot Lodger, K. of P., Andover, Mechanics Falls Masons and Dwinal Chapter O. E. S.

  His widow, a brother, Fred M. Keith, and a sister, Mrs. Maude Richards, survive.

  The funeral services were held at Mechanics Falls, Tuesday afternoon. The body was placed in a receiving tomb to await burial later [at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover].

 Members of Cabot Lodge attending the services were Frank H. Newton, C. A. Rand, Fred Newton and Homer Richards.

Rev George W. M. Keyes, Abt. 1875 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Rev. George M. W. Keyes, 66, died suddenly Thursday [May 4, 1944] at his home in Scarboro. He and Mrs Keyes attended the annual meeting of State Congregational churches at Bangor, Tuesday and Wednesday. He retired in 1941 after 11 years as pastor of the Andover Congregational church. A clergyman 35 years, he also served as Boothbay Harbor's Superintendent of schools.

  He is survived by his wife, Mrs Idella M. Keyes; two brothers, Roy and Ralph Keyes of New York and a half brother, Truman P, Andrews of Berwick, where Mr. Keyes was born.

  Funeral services were held at Methodist church, West Scarboro, Sunday at 2 p. m. Rev. Linwood C. Potter, pastor of Andover Congregational church; Mrs Emily Thurston, Mrs David Glines and N. D. Bodwell attended.

Idella M. (Graffam) Keyes, 1883 - 1962 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated, but probably Portland-area newspaper)

  Mrs. Idella M. Keyes, 79, widow of the Rev. George W. Keyes [pastor of Andover  First Congregational Church from 1930 to 1941] of 17 Deering St., died yesterday in a local nursing home after a long illness.

  She was born in West Scarborough, April 6, 1883, daughter of William and Delia Powers Graffam. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, South Portland.

  Surviving is a brother, Leslie P. Graffam, Kennebunkport.

  The Rev. Wallace H. Harris will officiate at the funeral services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will be in the Dunstan Cemetery.

  Died - KEYES - In Portland Jan. 22, Mrs. Idella M. Keyes, of 17 Deering St. Funeral Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Robbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment an Dunstan Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home Wednesday evening.

Lucy (York) Kilgore, 1858-1928 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 2, 1928)

   The death of Mrs. Lucy Kilgore, widow of the late Willis Kilgore, occurred at her home in Norway Wednesday of last week, following a stroke of paralysis which she suffered two weeks ago. She was the daughter of the late Willoughby and Nancy Jordan York and was born in Lock’s Mills, July 2, 1858.

   In November, 1908, she was united in marriage to Willis H. Kilgore of Waterford. After her marriage she resided in Waterford until 1917 when she moved to Andover where Mr. Kilgore was interested in the Elliott and Bartlett spool mill for four years. They later moved to Norway. His death occurred in 1924 in Florida where they were spending the winter. She leaves two nieces and two nephews, Mrs. Geraldine Jackson and Miss Annie Knight of Norway, and Leslie Hobson and Wallace Elliot of Waterford.

Willis H. Kilgore, Abt. 1860-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 5, 1924)


   The many friends in Andover of Willis H. Kilgore of Norway were grieved to hear of his passing away of Bright’s Disease at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida where he was spending the winter. His age was 64 years. For many years he was associated with Elliott and Bartlett in the manufacture of spools at Lynchville. After that mill burned they rebuilt at Andover in 1916, where he continued his partnership until 1921 when he sold his interest in the mill and located at Norway where purchased a fine residence on Main St. He is survived by his wife.


Emma Kimball, Abt. 1852-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, October 5, 1929)


   Mrs. Emma Kimball, 77, widow of the late LaForest Bragg, of Upton, died Monday of last week at the home of her oldest daughter, Mrs. Herbert [Gertrude] Campbell, Andover, where she had been ill for several months.


   She was born in Bethel, the daughter of Jacob and Fila Andrews Kimball.


   She married LaForest Bragg, Upton, who died 18 years ago. After the death of her husband, she lived with her only son, Chester Bragg, until his death in 1925. She leaves two brothers, Charles Kimball of South Paris; and Gustavus Kimball, A G.A.R. veteran, of Locke’s Mills; four daughters, Mrs. Herbert Campbell, Andover; Mrs. Bedford Corey, Rangeley; Mrs. James Barnett, and Mrs. Edward Warren, Upton; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


   Funeral services were held at Upton, where burial was made in the family lot.

Carl M. Kingsbury, 1904 - 1981  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

RUMFORD POINT - Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury, 77, pastor emeritus of the Rumford Point United Church of Christ, died early Monday morning [November 9, 1981] at the Pomeroy Hill Nursing Home, Livermore, where he had been a resident for the past five weeks.

  Born in Westboro, Mass., on Oct. 29, 1904, he was the son of Arthur L. and Helen McKendry Kingsbury. He attended Westboro schools, graduating in the class of 1924, and later majored in agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. He was employed for many years as a horticulturist by the state of Massachusetts, traveling extensively in the western part of the state as well as owning and operating his own poultry farm at North Brookfield. In 1949 he enrolled in the Bangor Theological Seminary and the University of Maine, Orono.

  Following his ordination, Rev. Kingsbury served as a rural field conference minister for many years in the Brooks, Monroe and Freedom area, and later in Carthage. He became pastor at Rumford Point and Andover in 1962 where he remained until his retirement in 1977. For the past two years he has resided at the Dixfield Square Apartments and on Feb. 22, 1981, he celebrated his 51st year of marriage to Caroline M. Wood, who survives.

  Through the years Rev. Kingsbury was active in many civic and social activities. He served on the board of directors of the Snowshoe District, Boy Scouts of America; American Red Cross; Rumford Community Center; Androscoggin Home Health Service; and the State Council for Older People. He was past president of both the Rumford Senior Citizens and the Senior Citizens Task Force. Rev. Kingsbury was past master of Meridian Sun Lodge, AF&AM, North Brookfield, Mass.; past high priest of the Royal Arch Masons of King Solomon's Lodge, Warren, Mass.; and past patron of both Ionic Chapter, OES, North Brookfield, Mass.; and Josiah Drummond Chapter, OES, Thorndike. He was a member of both the Corinthian Commandery, Belfast, and the Strathglass Commandery.

  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. from the Rumford Point United Church of Christ with Rev. Walter Wyman and Rev. Ronald Ashworth officiating. Committal services will be conducted by the Meridian Sun Lodge AF & AM, North Brookfield, Mass., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton, Mass.

Caroline (Wood) Kingsbury, 1906 - 1988 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Dixfield - Mrs. Caroline Mae Kingsbury, 81, died Saturday [February 15, 1988] at the Ledgeview Nursing Home, West Paris. She had resided in Dixfield since 1980 and was formerly of Rumford Point where she had lived for more than 18 years.

  She was born in Belfast, Sept. 22, 1906, the daughter of Herbert and Josephine Beckett Wood. She graduated from Swampscott High School, class of 1926, and Salem College, class of 1930. Mrs. Kingsbury graduated from the University of Maine at Portland, class of 1948, with a BS degree in science. She taught in Massachusetts for several years and worked as a supervisor for the Massachusetts Council of Churches in religious education, then as a rural field director for the Maine Council of Churches. She had taught school in Mexico and Rumford for many years until her retirement.

  Mrs. Kingsbury was a member of the Rumford Point Congregational Church, past grand officer of the OES of Massachusetts, past noble grand of the Order of Rebekahs of Massachusetts, member of the Maine, National and Retired Teachers Associations and a past president of the Federated Women's Clubs of Massachusetts. She was married in Swampscott, Mass., Feb. 22,1930 to Rev. Carl Kingsbury. He died Nov. 9, 1981.

   Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Helen Orcutt of Naples; a brother, Roland B. Wood of Freeport; a niece, Mrs. Sandra Chapman of Naples; and a nephew, Wayne Orcutt of Ipswich, Mass.

Janith (Veinot) Klein , 1939 – 2003  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 4, 2003)

  FRESNO, CA – Janith (Jan) Veinot Klein, 63, died on Jan. 29, 2003 in Fresno, CA after a lingering illness.

  She was born in Rumford, ME July 8,1939, the daughter of Lawson and Elizabeth Bean Veinot. She received her elementary education in Rumford and Andover, graduated from Searsport High in the Class of 1957, attended Husson College and was working as a medical coder at Fresno Hospital.

  She leaves a son, Christopher of Clovis, CA; a daughter, Kathryn Klein Ortin and her husband, Eric; one granddaughter, Cortney Klein of Clovis; her mother, Elizabeth of Rumford, a brother, Terrence and his wife, Sherry of Derry, NH; a niece and nephew.

Herbert E. Knox, 1926 - 2002  (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, March 14, 2002)

  Herbert E. Knox, 75, of New York died on March 11, 2002 at Clifton Springs Hospital in Canandaigua, N.Y.

  He was born on July 12, 1926, in Peru and was a custodian and bus driver for the Canandaigua school district. He was a member of AA and proud of his 25 years of sobriety.  He was a veteran of World War II in the Navy.

  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Knox; two sons, Steven and Cheryl of Canton, Randi of California; one daughter, Richard and Martha Cronin of Andover; five stepchildren, Albert and Christine Suffredini of Canandaigua, N.Y., Gerald Fairman of Shortsville, Robert and Nikki Fairman of Waterloo, N.Y., R. Mark Fairman of Waterloo, Edward and Charleen Fairman of Gorham; one brother, Warren of Peru; six sisters, Blandine and Harold Falkenham of Andover, Geneva and Kenneth Goddard, Dorothy and Gerald Emery all of Hanover, Norman and Everdine Best of Augusta, Richard and Kathleen Smith of Hurley, N.Y., Richard and June Moody of Gardiner; many grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. at the Fuller Funeral Home, 190 Buffalo Street, Canandaigua, NY. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Florence M. (Brown) (Dickinson) Kraft, 1914-2006 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, November 16 & 23, 2006)

   Florence Mary (Brown) (Dickinson) Kraft, 92, of 65 Leominster Road, Lunenburg, Mass., died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006 at River Terrace Health Care Center, Lancaster, Mass.

   Florence was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Feb. 1, 1914, the daughter of Thomas C. Brown, Ph.D. and Vesta (Sweezey) Brown. She came to Fitchburg, Mass., at an early age and graduated from Fitchburg High School. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree on zoology and earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Hartford. She was employed as an elementary school teacher in Wolcott, Conn., later as a special education teacher in elementary and junior high school in Farmington, Conn. After retirement she lived in Andover, Maine, Westminster, Mass., and Gardner, Mass., before moving to Lunenburg four and a half years ago.

   She was active in the Westminster Congregational Church and Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg. She was past matron of Eastern Star Jassamine Lodge, Gardner Chapter. She was very artistic and musical. She enjoyed painting in both oils and watercolors. She soloed and directed junior choirs.

   While living in Andover, she attended the First Congregational Church. A proud Scottish-American, she was a life member of the Saint Andrews Society of Maine and for some years was on the Patrons Committee at their Maine Highland Games.

   Florence leaves two sons, Thomas C. Brown 2nd of Andover, Maine, and John E. Dickinson of Palm Beach, Fla.; one step-son, Thomas Kraft in Connecticut; also two foster sons, Robert Holland and Willis March also of Connecticut. One daughter and son-in-law, Marian and her husband Bruce Anderson with whom she lived; a step-daughter, Nancy Kraft of Connecticut; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two husbands, Rev. Leon A. Dickinson, Jr. and Daniel Kraft; also her brother, Richard Brown; her sister, Major Jessie Brown; and a foster son, Clifford March.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. in Rollstone Church, 109 Main Street, Fitchburg, Mass. Burial will be private. Contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund of Rollstone Church or the Camp Wellville Fund of Rollstone Church, 109 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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