Florence Mayo

FRYEBURG — Florence Mayo passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the Mineral Springs Rehabilitation Center in North Conway, N.H.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1917, in Portland, the oldest daughter of George and Anna (Whitney) Haskell. She graduated from South Portland High School in 1934, Nasson College in Springvale in 1937, and the Pawtucket Hospital Dietitian Course in 1938.

Florence married Fred H. Mayo in 1940. They were happily married for 54 years until Fred’s death in 1994. They lived first in South Portland and then moved to Fryeburg in 1952 when Fred became the manager of the Casco Bank and Trust Company.

Florence worked at Maine General Hospital as a dietitian from 1938 to 1940. During WWII, she worked as head dietitian at Children’s Hospital in Portland. After moving to Fryeburg, she ran the school lunch program for two years and then worked at the Yield House for 19 years.

After her retirement, Florence and Fred spent many winters in Zephyhills, Fla. She continued going to Florida for several years after Fred’s death. Florence was an avid card player and especially liked to play bridge.

She was very active in the Fryeburg Congregational Church. She was a member of the choir for over 50 years and was a lifetime deacon. She was also a member of the Pythagorean Chapter #169 Order of the Eastern Star and was the treasurer for 25 years. In her younger years, she and Fred were members of the Crazy Eights Square Dancers. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her two sons, Richard Mayo and George Mayo; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Florence was predeceased by her husband Fred; and her two brothers, George and Whitney Haskell.

There will be no visiting hours. A funeral service was held at the First Congregational Church of Fryeburg on Saturday, Jan. 29. A reception followed at the Masonic Hall, Portland Street, Fryeburg. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Fryeburg Rescue, P.O. Box 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037 or the First Congregational Church, Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

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