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Edmunds Twp. – Barbara May (Curtis) Gaylord, 77, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. Barbara was born at the family farm in Edmunds on March 6, 1940, the daughter of Lyman Lee and Irene (Smith) Curtis.
Barbara graduated from Dennysville High School, class of 1957, and received her nursing degree in 1961 from the Charlotte County Hospital School of Nursing in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. After graduating from nursing school, Barbara worked as a pediatric nurse in Montreal Children’s Hospital before enlisting in the United States Air Force in December 1964. Barbara served as a flight nurse, both, stateside and in Pakistan. She was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in July 1969. Barbara continued her nursing career as a Veterans Administration nurse in Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She later worked as a registered nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and at various nursing homes in Washington County before retiring.
Barbara was married to Wilbur R. Gaylord for 36 years before his death in 2005. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Keith in 1983, Donald in 2004, Richard in 2007, Alton in 2013 and Raymond in 2014 and her sister Alma in 2013. She is survived by her brother, Myron and his wife Elizabeth of Edmunds; sisters-in-law, Grace of Pembroke, Bessie of Dennysville and Barbara of Calais; stepsons David Gaylord and his wife Peggy of Kansas City, MO and Shawn Gaylord and his wife Tammy of Overland Park, KS; stepdaughter Sherry Stoeckle and her husband Jim of Leawood, KS; grandchildren, Jacob Gaylord of Kansas City, MO, Parker Bacon-Gaylord and Madeline Bacon-Gaylord of Overland Park, KS, Lauren Gaylord of Dusseldorf, Germany, Michael Stoeckle of Leawood, KS, Jonathan and Tyler Stoeckle of Olathe, KS and Jennifer Stoeckle of Leawood, KS and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Dennysville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation in Barbara’s memory may be sent to the Downeast Hospice Volunteers at Calais Regional Hospital, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619 or to the First Baptist Church of Pembroke, 692 US Route 1, Pembroke, ME 04666. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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