Mary E. Waterhouse, 97

RUMFORD — Mary E. Waterhouse, 97, formerly of Highland Terrace, Mexico, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at her residence at the Rumford Community Home.

She was born in Eliot, Jan. 3, 1916, the daughter of H. Martin and Annie Mae (Eldridge) Frost. Mary graduated from Eliot High School, Class of 1934, and from the University of Maine at Orono, Class of 1938 with her associate’s degree.

Mary worked as a dietician at the Rumford Hospital for several years and then for more than 25 years for the Rumford School Department Lunch Program as a supervisor, until retirement in 1983.

She was a member of the Rumford Methodist Church, the Mary and Martha Club of the church and was very active on church suppers. She was a great cook and loving mother and she thoroughly enjoyed her time with her family and friends

She was formerly married in Marysville, Calif., March 12, 1943, to Arthur Gogan and later married Dec. 23, 1968 in Mechanic Falls, to Norwood S. Waterhouse, who died in Rumford, July 25, 2010.

Survivors include sons, Jerry Gogan of Farmington and Allan Gogan of Canton; daughter, Nancy Leadbetter of Brewer; stepsons, Duane Waterhouse of Rumford, Dale Waterhouse of Lubbock, Texas and Lauris Waterhouse of Raymond; stepdaughter, Cheryl Gallant of Stratton; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mara Marshall of Kittery.

She was predeceased by brothers, John and Joseph Frost.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at

Graveside services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Poland.

Those who desire may contribute to the Rumford United Methodist Church, c/o James Robertson, 724 Forest Ave., Rumford, ME 04276 in her memory.

Arrangements are under the care of the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford.

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