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Kimberly Ann York

Kimberly was born on May 29, 1978, in Youngstown, Ohio, and died unexpectedly at home in Amherst, Mass., on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

She leaves behind a 15-year-old son, Kyle York, along with her father, the Reverend Stephen York and step-mother, Catherine Ring of Stonington, her mother, Nina Bonazzi of Amherst, and a brother, Zachary York of Burlington, Vt. She was predeceased by another brother, Wesley, who died in 2008.

May 29 would have been Kimberly’s 38th birthday. Her life will be remembered and honored for the loving daughter and mother that she was. The Memorial Service for Kimberly Ann York will be held this Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Stonington United Methodist Church. There will also be a memorial service in Amherst, where she resided, later in early June.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a scholarship fund for Kyle York at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Deer Isle.

Jessie M. Page

Jessie M. Page, 95, passed away May 11, 2016, at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle, Maine. Jessie was born on July 7, 1920, in Sag Harbor, N.Y., to Lithuanian immigrants, John and Mary Mickel. Sag Harbor was her beloved home for 91 years when, because of her failing health, she moved to Maine to live with her daughter, Gail Page and partner, Robert Shetterly. Jessie lived happily in Sag Harbor graduating from Pierson High School, working 25 years in the Bulova Watchcase Factory, and working late in life as a real estate agent. She was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Sag Harbor Golf Club, a member of the American Legion Woman’s Auxillary and a voracious reader, a constant patron of the John Jermain Memorial Library. She brought good cheer wherever she went with her beautiful smile and a colorful joke. She greatly valued her many wonderful friends and her generous and helpful neighbors, and she cherished her memories of growing up in such an idyllic coastal village. Her ashes will be buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Jessie was predeceased by her husband, William F. Page, and by her son, Mark W. Page. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Page and partner Robert Shetterly of Brooksville, Maine, and granddaughter, Logan Page Fordham and husband Jake Stamp of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The family greatly appreciates the loving care she received at the Island Nursing Home and with Hancock County Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hancock County Hospice.

Ivadel Chatto Gray

Ivadel Chatto Gray, 86, passed away at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital on May 12, 2016, after suffering with dementia for the past few years. She was born in Sedgwick to Pearla Chatto on July 17, 1929.

She trained to be an RN at the nursing school at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. After graduation she went to work at Castine Hospital working as a floor nurse and a medical surgery nurse working under Dr. Babcock and Dr. Russell. After the closing of the hospital she went to work at Penobscot Nursing Home, retiring in the early 1990s.

Her other passion after nursing was music. She enjoyed playing piano, and was playing for the staff and residents of the Northern Bay Residential Center in Penobscot and the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle where she spent her final years.

She was predeceased by her mother in 1968; by her husband Roderick in 2012 whom she married in 1965. Survivors include her two daughters, Kris Gray of Sedgwick and Lynn and her husband Steven Ginn of Sedgwick. Sister Patricia and her husband Lloyd Bridges of Verona Island. Nieces Cheryl and her husband Charlie Grindle of Verona Island; Marie and her husband Emery Deabay of Bucksport; and Pearla and her husband Johnny Phillips of Epping, N.H. She is also survived by numerous cousins and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the capital campaign at Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle or the residents fund at Northern Bay Residential Center, Penobscot.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Camp Stream Cemetery, Graytown Road in Sedgwick at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ron Hutchins officiating. Everyone is invited to Lynn and Steve’s home afterward for a time of remembrance and refreshments.

Barbara Ann (Johnson) Chitwood

Barbara Ann (Johnson) Chitwood, 85, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016, within the warmth and compassion of Clarehouse with her son by her side. Born on December 14, 1930, in Bartlesville, Okla., to the late Roy Zachary and Edna Suzanna (Hawkes) Johnson, Barbara lived life to its fullest enjoying her family, her home, and the cool salt air of Castine, Maine. An accomplished artist and interior designer, she studied at Oklahoma State University and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert (Bob) H. Chitwood.

She is survived by three daughters, Katherine Suzanna Woodall of Vancouver, Wash., Nancy Elaine Ryan of Tulsa, and Amalie Ann Chitwood of Santa Rosa, Calif.; one son Thomas and his wife Molly Chitwood of Tulsa; one brother Dr. Charles Johnson and his wife Mary Johnson of Bartlesville Okla.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati, Tulsa, Okla.

The family extends a special thanks to the nurses, doctors and aides at St. Simeons, St. Francis Hospital (4N), and Clarehouse for the compassionate and professional care they provided Barbara.

Family suggests friends may contribute to Clarehouse, 7617 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK and Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati, Tulsa, OK.

Condolences may be left online at, Moore’s Southlawn 918-663-2233.

Persis Clayton Weirs

Persis Clayton Weirs, 73, died on May 21, 2016, at the home she loved so dearly, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. Persis was born on Stave Island, near the Deer Isle bridge, on July 6, 1942, the daughter of Thompson B. Clayton and Lois (Mills) Clayton. Deer Isle and Stave Island both were always home to her, and being able to live the last 40 years here, where she was born, was heaven on earth to her. An accomplished and self-taught artist, she made it her life’s work to depict the beautiful world of Nature as realistically as possible. Her love of animals and the world they live in was only superseded by the love she held for her family. Her three children and three grandchildren brought her immense joy and she reveled in all aspects of their lives. Her unfailing support and generosity toward friends and especially family were a constant blessing and will be a lasting part of her legacy. A humble, down-to-earth person, she lived a quiet life, content to be out of the spotlight, but never wavered in her defense of animals in need that had no voice.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick, of almost 39 years, her daughter Veronica (Rocki) Poirier, her daughter Sandra Weirs-Haggerty, who gave her two wonderful grandchildren, Colby and Natalie, her son Thompson Radcliff with her first grandchild, Katie, her sister Sally Rawcliffe and a loving, extended family.

Donations can be made to Persis’ favorite charities, both of which help homeless and neglected horses: Front Range Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 458, Ocala, FL 34478 and Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, P.O. Box 939, Bakersfield, CA 93302.