Ethelyn P. Clements

CORNISH — Ethelyn P. “Effie” Clements, 80, of Cornish passed away at home after a short illness on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

She was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Vassalboro. She married Robert Gaston in 1950 and brought into this world four boys and one daughter. Later, she married George Clements and added two more boys.Effie was a remarkable woman and devoted mother. She was known as “Ma” or “Nana” by all. She enjoyed her family, reading, gardening and of course her slot machines and horse racing. As a teenager, she worked at Caboose Lunch in South Portland, owned by her mother. Later, she worked for King Cole Potato Chips and then retired from Zayre department store after 31 years at the snack bar.

Effie was predeceased by her parents; brother, Walter Smith; son, Larry Gaston; and two grandchildren.

She is survived by three sisters, Carolyn Mickwig, Annie Lively and Barbara Smith; six children, Robert of Naples, Sharon Ridsdale of Cornish, Steven of Gorham, Ricky of Texas, David Clements of Saco and Mark Clements of Windham; five granddaughters, six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. immediately followed by a prayer service and celebration of her life at 5:30 p.m. at the Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple Street, Cornish, ME 04020.

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