Harriet Celia Lancaster

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Harriet Celia Lancaster
1931 - 2016
CANAAN - Harriet Celia Lancaster, 85, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 2016, with her family and friends by her side. This occurred after a period of declining health at Lakewood Rehabilitation Center in Waterville.
She was born in North Vassalboro on July 11, 1931, the first child of Joseph and Philomen (Dusty) Rancourt. She graduated from Lowell grammar school in North Vassalboro and from Winslow High School in 1949.
After high school, Harriet, was employed by Butlers Department Store in Waterville. She married her hometown sweetheart, Linwood W. Lancaster, of North Vassalboro on Feb. 27, 1954. Linwood was discharged from the US Army (1956). Shortly after that, they moved to Clinton as a central location for his job with H.E. Sargent Company.
Together for 43 years, they raised their three children in Clinton. Harriet remained a housewife and mother until her youngest daughter, Karen, started school. In 1966, Harriet was appointed the town manager of Clinton. She was known as "The First Lady of Clinton". She would think nothing of going over to the town office on a Saturday morning for anyone of Clinton's finest needing her services. Harriet was recognized by the Maine Senate and House of Representatives for her 24 years of service to the community of Clinton.
Harriet was a strong, smart woman with a beautiful smile and curly locks of brunette hair. Those who knew her, never had to wonder what she was thinking. She spoke her mind and knew what she wanted.
Her family was the most important part of her life. She was happiest when her children and grandchildren visited. She loved to feed family and friends. Watching sports of any kind was a favorite past time, especially football and basketball. Harriet never missed a Lawrence High School basketball game in which her sons, Bruce and Mark Lancaster, played in the early 1970s.
She was happy spending her time keeping a clean house and doing yard work. Harriet rarely sat still, always busy. She was an avid reader whenever she did relax. She had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs.
After she retired as town manager of Clinton in 1990, Harriet and Linwood moved to Canaan, where they lived out the rest of their lives.
She is survived by her three children, Bruce W. Lancaster and partner Lisa Fowler of Vassalboro, Mark A. Lancaster and wife Janet of Oakland, and Karen (Lancaster) Thibodeau and husband Scott of Clinton; grandchildren, Justin W. Lancaster, Melissa Proctor, Nicole (Lancaster) Damren, Travis Lancaster, Dakota Thibodeau, and Sierra Thibodeau; her only sister, Helen Bronn of Vassalboro; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Linwood on March 18, 1997; her parents; and nephew, Keith Bronn.
Many thanks to the staff of Lakewood Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and excellent care of Harriet.
A graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Clinton in the spring. Everyone is invited to attend a memorial celebration to be held at the Clinton Town Hall at a later date and time to be announced.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing
may make donations in
Harriet's memory to the:
Somerset Humane Society
P.O. Box 453
Skowhegan, ME 04976

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Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service
445 Waterville Road
Skowhegan, ME 04976
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Published in Central Maine on Jan. 17, 2017