Mione R. Record, 88

Mione Record b&wSOUTH PARIS — Mione R. Record, 88, of Stearns Hill Road in South Paris, passed away at her home on Friday, May 2, 2014, after a brief hospitalization.

Our mother was born in South Paris on March 15, 1926, the daughter of Eugene and Rose Smith Robinson, the oldest of four children. She attended the Hungry Hollow School and graduated from Paris High School in 1943. On July 3, 1943 she married Carroll “Bud” Record at the Rev. Rensel Colby’s house next to the Paris High School. Together they built a home and raised seven children. Growing up we heard stories about the many camping and fishing trips taken up country with her parents, sometimes crossing rough waters at night to get to the island.

Sunday was a family day and usually meant piling all of us into the car with a picnic basket, lots of Kool-Aid and no particular destination as long as it was on back roads.

While raising all of us, Mom first assisted her mother with leadership of the Hungry Hollow Hie-Hoe 4-H Club, then continued as its leader for many years thereafter. She made sure that all of her 4-H’ers were diligent with their projects, completing and going above and beyond all yearly requirements. Each member had to give a demonstration every year competing against other 4-H’ers in Oxford County and she usually wrote the demonstrations.

For many years Mom and Dad enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, going to bluegrass festivals and just riding through the countryside. Saturday night card playing brought family back for rousing games of “73,” a card game she learned from her parents and passed on to us and our children.

Mom loved to read and was well-known for her ability to spell correctly and do math in her head-quicker than you could do it on paper. She had a quick wit and a great sense of humor which she used frequently.

She had a great love for local history and valued her extensive collection of old photos, including historical pictures of Snow’s Falls Village back when there were several manufacturing plants before the fire that destroyed them. She also spent years gathering and documenting a genealogical history of our ancestors, dating back to the Mayflower.

While she worked at various jobs over the years, Mom was proudest of her years at W.T. Grant’s and Woolworth’s,  where she worked in the yard goods department. She loved to sew and wouldn’t hesitate to rip out and fix seams, zippers, and frayed collars, as well as making quilts and gifts.

Survivors include seven children: Lloyd and his wife Linda of West Paris, Lorraine Hill of Rock Springs, Wyo., Sidney and partner Francine of South Paris, Loretta Greene and husband Ted of Sebago, Rosalyn Jennings and partner Terry of Rock Springs, Wyo., James of West Paris, and Jean Federico and husband Robert of South Paris; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Robinson and wife Polly and Douglas Robinson all of South Paris; a sister-in-law, Leona Record of Oxford; a brother-in-law, Edwin Record of South Paris; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll “Bud” Record; and daughter Shirley.

Mom and Dad were lifelong friends with Ralph and Betty Merrill of South Paris. After Dad’s death Ralph continued his weekly visits with Mom, which she always looked forward to. She also enjoyed visits with Veikko Piirainen, their long-time friend and next door neighbor.

While Mom had lost much of her memory to dementia she lived at home surrounded by her books, pictures, family and friends. We especially appreciate the wonderful loving care given by her caregivers, Sarah, Darci, Tressey, Mariah and Sheryl, as well as Sidney, who stayed with her every night. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 17 E. Main St., South Paris with interment to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in South Paris. Family and friends may attend visitation on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Paris Cape Historical Society, 19 Park Street, South Paris, ME 04281.

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