LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Phyllis A. (Pray) Linnell, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Auburn to Eugene Goss and Grace Myrtle (Bowie) Pray Sr.

Phyllis had no children of her own, and was known to many as "Aunty Phyl." When Phyllis was a school kid in Auburn, she looked forward to spending weekends at camp. She and her future sister-in-law, Merle Hewett, would ride along with Merle's mother, Nellie, and Phyllis's grandfather, Danford Bowie, to their camp on the Back Road of Lexington Township.

She graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, and sometime after that, she was offered a job as a clerk at Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford, Conn., where she remained for 31 years until retirement in 1982. Then, she moved to Lexington where she resided next to her mother and stepfather, Grace and Roland Chabot. As a retiree, Phyllis belonged to several organizations such as the Lexington Cemetery Association, the Kingfield Homemaker Extension, and New Portland Fair 4-H judge.

Phyllis liked to play bingo, was an avid letter writer, enjoyed her cats and dogs and feeding the wildlife. She also liked to exchange some "off color" jokes. She was a breast cancer survivor, but was plagued in later years by rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, most notably the Lexington Prays: Sharon Pray, Sheila Dunphy, Eugene "Dooz" Goss Pray III, Steven Pray and Christopher Pray; nieces Rhonda Tammaro, of Mechanic Falls, and Felicia Wheeler, of Jefferson; and numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends from Maine, Texas, Virginia, Florida and Ireland. She was predeceased by three husbands, Armand Brule, Norman St. Laurent and Harold Linnell, and two brothers, Eugene Goss Pray, Jr. and David Malcolm Pray.

There will be no visitation hours or funeral service. Interment will be planned at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in her memory to a . Anyone who wishes to may write their memories of Phyllis, which will be added to her biographical memoirs.

Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

Published in Central Maine on July 14, 2013