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DOVER-FOXCROFT - M. Phyllis Andrews, 96, wife of the late Ivor E. Andrews, died at her home on May 17, 2004, after a long illness. Born Nov. 14, 1907, at Waite, she was the daughter of Ira Sprague and Alvilla (DeLong) Tupper. She was a direct descendant of Hannah Dreston of Haverhill, Mass. (1697), and Hannah Weston of Machias and Jonesboro (1758-1855). She graduated from Waite Grammar School and Princeton High School, Class of 1926. Phyllis was fortunate to be able to stay in her own home throughout her life.

The last seven years Sara Harvey lived in her home caring for her with the assistance of her sister, Barbara Richards. Phyllis's cousin Rachel came to share in her care during her last days.

As one of its oldest members, Phyllis never lost her love for the Princeton Baptist Church. Her commitment to the church was shown in her Sunday school, Ladies Aid and Mission Circle activities. She also served as their Church Clerk. In loving honor of Phyllis, Brian Hamilton created a lovely stained glass window that was installed in the church in 2000, and followed with a service acknowledging her and the installation of the window.

In 1960, she married Ivor Andrews and moved to his potato farm in Atkinson, accepting his large family as her own. Nine years later the blizzard of 1969 convinced Phyllis that she would like to move to Dover-Foxcroft. There she and Ivor continued to welcome family and friends. She always patted the chair, invited you to sit, and then wanted to know what you had been up to. Before Ivor passed away they spent their time traveling over central, eastern, and northern Maine, checking again on family, friends and potato fields. She attended both the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational and Baptist churches. She was member and devotional leader of the Unity Mission Circle.

She is survived by four stepchildren, Barbara Richards, Basil Andrews and his wife, Dorothy, Sara Harvey, and Calvin Andrews and his wife, Rita. Ivor's 19 grandchildren grew up with her as their grandmother as did the children of her cousin, Rachel Hamilton and her husband, Fred. Ivor's grandchildren produced 31 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Rachel's family, Michael, Brian, Philip and Joanna, gave her four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several cousins; and a dear friend, Sylvia Turner. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Ivor; and one stepdaughter, Patricia McCorrison.

Friends are invited to call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, May 20, with the Rev. Brian Hamilton of Washington D.C. officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Atkinson Corner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the Princeton Baptist Church, care of Betty Field, 79 Slipps Point Road, Princeton, ME 04668.

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