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GUILFORD - Beatrix Ethelyn (Jackson) Bray, 96, a former resident of Riverbend Homes, Guilford, died October 17, 2007 at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born in Monson on September 15, 1911, the daughter of Earle H. and Edith R. (Draper) Jackson of Monson. She graduated from Monson Academy in 1928, and Farmington Normal School in 1930 and matriculated to the University of Maine at Orono.

She taught school for 34 years in Monson, Blanchard, Parkman, and Guilford.

She married Clair B. Bray on July 16, 1937. Beatrix was a member of N.E.A., M.T.A., P.C.R.T.A., and M.R.A., and was a former treasurer of S.A.D. #4 Teacherís Club. She was a member of the Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, the Monson United Church of Christ, and the U.C.C. Guild; was a past Matron of Almeda Chapter #149, O.E.S. and Past District Deputy of District #17 of the Grand Chapter of Maine; Past Worthy High Priestess of the former Hosanna Shrine #3, White Shrine of Jerusalem; Past President of the former Womanís Club of Guilford; Past Regent of Tisbury Manor Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, served as State Historian for 3 years, and served as State Chairman of several committees in the State Society DAR.

She was a former member of the J.T. Club of Sangerville and was a former librarian of the Sangerville Public Library.

Beatrix is survived by a sister-in-law Evangeline Jackson of Monson, Me and Whispering Pines, NC; a special niece by marriage Kathleen Jackson of Falmouth, ME; nephew Leslie Bray and wife Jo Ann of East Lyme, CT; niece Edythe Bray Gervais and husband Ludger of Skowhegan, ME; grand nephews Tory Jackson, wife Kristen and son Dexter of Kings Beach, CA; Jeremy Jackson of Portland, ME; Todd Bray, wife Stacy and daughters Megan and Katie of Dayton, ME; Timothy Bray, wife Camille and sons Christian and Cole of Preston, CT; Derek Gervais, wife Lori and daughter Olivia of Waterville, ME; grand nieces Thayle Jackson Heggie and husband David of Greensboro, NC; Katrina Jackson of Hoboken, NJ; Tricia Gervais Anderson, husband Dwight and children Dylan and Jordan of Dayton, ME; and Kristy Gervais Scheinfeldt and husband Erik of Holden, MA.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Clair, brothers Clifton and Clayton Jackson, nephew Dexter Jackson, brother-in-law Edward Bray, sisters-in-law Hilda Bray and Olive Jackson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Monday at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak Street in Guilford with Pastor David Bures officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Monson.

Those who wish may sign an on-line guestbook at

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