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Anne Ferris Tenney

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Anne Ferris Tenney, 95, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Florence, Mass., on February 21, 1922 to the late Wallace and Florence Howes.

Anne earned a B.A. in English from Smith College in 1944 and upon graduation, joined the WAVES as an Ensign. Her orders took her to the Eastern Sea Frontier Headquarters of the Navy where she was an active participant in the anti-German submarine war effort. It was there that she met her future husband, Fred Ferris. They were married in 1945 and had two sons.

As the children grew, Anne was active in her community as a Cub Scout Den Mother, leader in the Pennington, N.J. Women’s Club, supporter of the Pennington midget football team, and much more. Career shifts moved the family to Concord, Mass., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and finally back to Milton, Mass., where Fred died suddenly in June 1973.

Anne next worked for a time in the admissions department at Curry College in Milton, Mass., and later as special assistant to the Headmaster of The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J. While living in Milton, Anne met David Tenney and they married in 1977. A few years later, in 1981, they moved to Castine, Maine, where Anne became a beloved member of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish, volunteered at the Castine Hospital, and was an active Castine community participant. After David’s death in 1990, Anne continued to live in Castine enjoying her many friends, bridge group, golf, and participating in many church and community activities. She relocated to The Cypress in Charlotte, N.C., in 2011, which became her final home.

Anne is survived by her two sons, Dr. Frederick “Rick” L. Ferris III and wife, Miriam and Kimball “Kim” H. Ferris and wife, Sue; grandchildren, Kimberley (Jimmy) Thomson; Eric (Liz) Ferris, Kerby Ferris, Lisa Ferris, and Jill (Jason) Ferris Harmon and great-grandchildren McKenzie and Madison Ferris. Anne also leaves her stepsons David Tenney and wife, Catherine; Donald Tenney and wife, Marty; Brad Tenney and wife, Laurie; and Peter Tenney and wife, Alexandra; three step-granddaughters, Sarah (Jeff) Stammen, Leah (Eamon) Keating, and Lauren (Bryan) Tenney Flewelling; and three step-great-grandchildren, Alden Stammen, Miles Keating and Seraphina Flewelling.

A memorial service will be held at Castine’s Trinitarian Congregational Parish on Sunday, July 30, at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at the Castine Golf Club. All are welcome. Contributions in Anne’s memory can be made to the Dr. Mary Cushman Circle care of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish, Castine (tcpoc.org).


Cynthia W. Smith

August 7, 1940 - July 14, 2017

FRANKLIN—Cindy fought diligently for the last several months with the hopes to return home to Paddy Lane. She passed suddenly two days prior to reaching her goal. She now joins her husband. Ronnie, who pre-deceased her in 2009.

The youngest of four siblings, she was born in Blue Hill to Philip and Mary Wessel. A 1959 George Stevens graduate, Cindy went on to obtain her LPN, marry, and raise her two children, Danial and Mary. Cindy taught Sunday School at the Franklin Methodist Church, was a Girl Scout leader and was committed to her community.

She is survived by her children and her loving cat Hamish; a brother, Norris Wessel and wife, Elaine, of Blue Hill; a sister, Irene Rachinski of Blue Hill; sisters-in-law, Sally Wessel of Harpswell and Sandra Ingalls of Franklin; a brother-in-law, Doug Smith and wife, Joan, of Franklin. Along with a very special niece, Judy Drouin, of Danvers, Mass., “Nin” is also survived by a very special great-nephew, Sam Smith of Franklin and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her sister Doris Osgood and her brother Tilden Wessel.

A graveside service will be at Bayview Cemetery, Franklin, on Tuesday, July 25, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, her children request donations be made to SPCA of Hancock County.


Eugene B. Eaton

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Eugene B. Eaton, age 90, passed away peacefully at the Island Nursing Home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. He was born in Sunset on December 5, 1926, the son of Elmer and Cybil Dow Eaton.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Carolyn; his sons Thomas (wife Kathy), Richard (wife Esther) and daughter Susan Reynard Zarzycki (husband Roger); two grandchildren, Mark Reynard and Judi Moyer; four great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Lynsey Reynard and Logan and Joshua Moyer; he leaves behind his beloved brother “Dowe” Eaton as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Robbins and Therese Webber.

He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints Restoration Branch in Sunset. Aside from seven years in the Navy, Gene devoted most of his long life to living on Little Deer Isle, and throughout those many years, he had many roles; clam digger, lobster fisherman, scallop fisherman, and the list goes on but he will be most remembered as being the owner and host of Eaton’s Lobster Pool Restaurant for over 40 years. He had the gift of congeniality and loved to talk and laugh and he had a generous spirit and during tough times he was willing to stand up for truth and integrity. He was an avid reader and loved to play golf, serving as President of the Island Country Club for several years. He also served on the Deer Isle School Board in his younger years. He loved his family but was especially devoted to his wife, and she to him. He will hold a special place in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Island Nursing Home staff and also to hospice for the loving care of Gene and for making his last days comfortable and filled with love. For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to the Recreational Department of the Island Nursing Home were Gene loved to play Bingo.

Burial arrangements for a graveside service will be announced at a later date.