Lois Graffam – The Lincoln County News

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Lois Graffam from Waldoboro passed away in silence on December 29, 2021. She was 96 years old and had recently celebrated Christmas with her family.

Born on November 2, 1925 in the “Octagon” house in East Limington to Nancy Doris (Chase) and Carl Boulter. The “Octagon” house, named after its octagonal shape, was built under the guidance of her great-grandfather Josiah Chase and his wife Julia. Her grandparents Frances (Fanny) and Charles Chase lived in the house at the time of Lois’ birth. Lois often proudly shared stories of Josiah and his whaling adventures in the South Pacific – he sailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

She met Dennis Calvin Graffam after graduating from Limington Academy in 1934 as a class salutator, where she was a standout player on the Warrior basketball team. According to Lore, he was introduced after riding past her on horseback. They married in Limington on March 18, 1943 while Dennis was in the Merchant Navy, and remained so until his death on April 22, 1997. While at Limington Academy, one of their math teachers was the late Brainard Paul. Coincidentally, two of Lois’ children, Alan and Carleen, were taught math by the same Brainard Paul at Waldoboro High School in the 1960s. Education was very important to Lois and Dennis and a testimony of this is borne out by all of their children who attend college.

Between 1944 and 1955, Lois and Dennis had four children while living in different locations in Counties Cumberland and York. They finally anchored Don in 1956 when they bought a poultry farm in North Waldoboro. In Waldoboro, they spent their remaining years looking after many close friends. In addition to her poultry farming passions, Lois worked in a variety of jobs including at Sylvania Electric and the convenience store / laundromat they owned on Friendship Street. In 1968 Lois began a new career at Waldoboro High School and then for many years as a secretary at Medomak Valley High School. She retired in 1988 after working in the consulting department. Lois was never one to sit still after her retirement, and spent long hours volunteering at local polling stations and at Miles Memorial Hospital. She also ran her own RV skirting business until she was sidelined by her health.

Lois enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and solving puzzles. She loved her gardens and many of the birds she attracted, and she was always happy to see friends, attend retirees’ get-togethers in the Medomak Valley, and watch her sons play basketball and train them. As a Cleveland Indian fan, she drew a lot from the local Red Sox boosters. In addition to playing basketball in high school, Lois was a state championship candlestick bowler for many years and competed in open championships across Maine.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Dennis, her parents and her stepmother Ruth.

She leaves behind four children, Alan and Susan, Carleen Turkington, Jim and Jo Ann, and Scott and Pat; six grandchildren, Melissa, Mindy, Angela, Matthew, Bailey, and Colby; and six great-grandchildren, Caroline, Lydia, Holden, Sullivan, Evans and Shepherd. She is also survived by her sister Catherine (Tink) Hawkes from Gorham; and brother Donald Boulter of Standish.

The Graffam family would like to thank Jodie Nickles, Kerrigan Nickles, Lorraine Lash, Brenda Winslow and Joanne Genthner for the great care. Without her it would have been impossible to fulfill Lois’ greatest wish – that she stay in her home.

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Hall’s of Waldoboro takes care of the arrangements. To offer our condolences online, visit hallfuneralhomes.com.


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