Calais - Eunice Ashby Churchill Bothwick died July 17, 2021 at her home on Lafayette Street in Calais. She was born on January 19, 1926 in Pembroke, Maine to Frank Hollis Ashby and Lillian Alexander Ashby Towns. From the age of two she resided in Calais until, after graduating from Calais Academy, she trained as a nurse at the Eastern Maine Medical Center. Returning to Calais she went to work at the Calais Hospital and eventually became the Director of Nursing. She later went to work in the office of Dr Hazen Mitchell and is still fondly remembered by many people who were treated there over the years.
Above all she valued education, served on the school board for many years and led the nearly decade-long battle to build the new high school on the River Road. She was predeceased by her beloved husband John Allen Churchill, Sr., her second husband Joseph Bothwick, her stepson Dale Churchill and her sister Evelyn Petrelli. She is survived by her three children John Churchill, Jr. and his wife Jane Eaton of Robbinston, Dr. Laurie Churchill and her wife Kris Messman of Calais, and Kim Dunston and her husband Sam of Churchville, MD. Surviving stepchildren include Janyce (Churchill) Taylor of Florida, Eleanor Christy (Churchill) Wojcik, Bonnie (Bothwick) Moore of Machias and Florence Churchill the widow of her stepson Dale. Three nephews survive her: Bruce Petrelli, Steven Petrelli, and Raymond Petrelli. She leaves ten grandchildren: Anna Churchill, Elizabeth Churchill, and Katherine Eunice (Churchill) King, Allen Dunston, Dr. David Dunston, Dr. Sarah (Ludington) Kersbergen, Zachary Ludington, Dr. Jacob Ludington, Martha (Ludington) Hollins, and Elise Ludington and ten great grandchildren: Cecily and Kyle Curtis; Elise, Joseph and Oswald King; Lillian and Nelle Kersbergen; and Lucas, Benjamin and Thomas Ludington.
The family wishes to express special thanks to her caregivers for the last several years- Regina Wilson, Laurie Preston and Judy Kierstead whose professional and loving care allowed Eunice to end her life at home.
In keeping with Eunice’s wishes, services will be private. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.