Muriel W. Trafford, 90

Muriel Trafford

Muriel Trafford

PORTLAND — Muriel W. Trafford, 90, of Raymond, passed away peacefully at Barron Center on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Muriel was born in Bridgton on May 29, 1924, to Alton C. and Lelia E. (Looke) Brown. She graduated from Deering High School in 1942.

She married Raymond A. Trafford on June 1, 1943. She remained happily married to Raymond for 53 years, until he passed away on May 5, 1996.

Muriel was a dedicated member of Central Square Baptist Church in Portland for over 70 years. She loved the music of the church and sang in the choir for over 35 years. In 1999, Muriel moved to Cape Elizabeth to live with “a dear, loving companion,” Harold Ahlsen. She wrote, “I feel very fortunate to be here with him. We are happy. I have a feeling our former mates would not mind, knowing we are caring for each other.”

Survivors include her son, Timothy of Waterville; her daughter, Gail Trafford of Raymond; her sister, Priscilla Oakes, of Fairfield; two granddaughters; two grandsons; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Muriel was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; her brother, Donald Brown; and her sister, Joan (Brown) Malia.

Online condolences may be given to the family at

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a time of visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, also at the funeral home, with a reception to follow. Interment will be at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Raymond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, UCC, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106 or Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street, Raymond, ME 04071. Donations may also be made to Barron Center, 1145 Bridgton Avenue, Portland, ME 04102.

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