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Lois Gagner

Lois Bertha Gagner (Shirley)

Tuesday, November 19th, 1929 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Obituary

Baileyville - Lois B Shirley Gagner of Woodland (Baileyville), born November 19, 1929 passed away January 5, 2020 at 8:09 a.m. after battling Dementia at the Colonial Health Care facility in Lincoln. She was the daughter of John M. and Marion B. Shirley. Lois was predeceased by her beloved husband Ernest Edgar “Sam” Gagner and their four children Jeff, Janice, David and Frank. Also, her brother John (Jack) E. Shirley and great grandson Addison Coty . She is remembered and loved very much by her surviving grandchildren- Nick Beattie (Deb), Jacob Gagner (Candy), Samantha Gagner/Roehrich (Dan), John Gagner (Sarah), Nicholas Gagner, Ashley McGinley, Mercedes McGinley, Chad Gagner (Keila) ,Larry Saunders, Jennifer James (Tim) Great Grandchildren Quinn, Noelle, Briar and Trey Beattie, Kassidy Giggey, Antonia and Morgan Gagner, Kylie and Casey James. Also a wonderful daughter in-law Vicki Gagner and two very special friends Jenny Jones and Cathy Holmes along with special Niece Linda Shirley and Nephew Jack Shirley (Tarhata) and their children Sian and John.

Lois was born up at the Kelly Land Farm by the Power House on the CC Road. She grew up on the St. Croix River and was a true Maine country girl. She loved nature, the river, the forest and all that inhabited it. She learned to hunt and fish with her father and brother Jack. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1949. She was involved in many clubs and organizations while going to school, but none as important as the Glee Club. Lois could sing like a bird as many would witness years later at the family’s annual Corn Boil up at camp on Squirrel Point. When Sam and Lois sang together it was if the earth would stop spinning and all would listen to their beauty. A true example of love and marriage, Lois took great pride in being a loving wife and mother to her four children. She loved her community and the community loved her. You could not go cold or hungry in Woodland as long as Lois was around. She would instruct her children to bring home all who were in need and she would find a way to cloth and feed them. She also took great pride in teaching children with special needs at the Woodland Elementary and High Schools. Treating all the children as if they were her own. She shared a very special relationship with Jenny Jones of Woodland. There were plenty of mornings where the two of them would be drinking coffee at Lois’s kitchen table solving the world’s issues and you better not come around if you were a Republican. She loved life and put a lot of love in it. She was kind and treated people with respect and never judgmental.

She was a Communicant of St. James the Greater R.C. Church in Woodland and she was proud to serve God. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. James the Greater R.C. Church, 15 Hillside St., Baileyville. The service details will be announced in the coming months. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery. A celebration of Lois’s life will follow the burial. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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    Location
    Woodland Cemetery
    Address
    Ryan Rd
    Baileyville, Maine 04694
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A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. James the Greater R.C. Church, 15 Hillside St., Baileyville. The service details will be announced in the coming months. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery. A celebration of Lois’s life will follow the burial.

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Jack Shirley

Posted at 01:45pm
All in the Shirley Family will miss you so much. We will always have the wonderful memories of our beloved Aunt Lois. Thank you for all you have done and blessing us with your loving kindness and heart. We love you. God bless you for being in our lives.
- "Little" Jack Shirley & family
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Robin

Posted at 02:16pm
To all the family of Lois - she truly was an exceptional woman! there aren't enough words that could describe how kind and loving she truly was. Rest in peace and cherish the memories.
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vicki gagner

Posted at 07:49pm
Lois had the most loving and kind nature. She would help anybody at anytime. She loved children and I first met her when I came to work at WES right after college. Little did I know that some years later she would become my mother-in-law. She was a devoted mother and grandmother to my Frank and our children. She shared in every triumph and cried with every disappointment. She loved Christmas gatherings and shopping at Marden's. (She was always seen with her bright red nail polish and lipstick.) She struggled with her vision, but pushed on and was always up for an adventure or lunch date., sometimes wearing her husbands glasses ,which she said worked the best because his eyes were better than hers. She referred to her two gradson's, both named Nick, as her book ends--one was the first grandchild and the other the last grandchild.
She showed me every kindness and as much support as she could muster following Frank's death. I know her heart was as broken as mine, but she kept bringing up food for the kids and offering me any support she could. I know that helping others was how she lived, always with a smile and warm embrace.
Lois, I am thankful for your kindness and your loving devotion to us all. I am so happy that you are once again reunited with your loves. The angels must have rejoiced when you entered the kingdom of heaven.
KI

KATHKEEN IRVING

Posted at 04:07pm
We visited Lois often while she was at Colonial Healthcare- and Mom was down the hall. We could always manage to get a smile as we threw out Sam's name and many of the Grand's names! Yes, Lois loved them all!
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