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ABBOT- Norma L. Herring, 98, passed away July 16, 2011 at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. Norma was born in Parkman, February 27, 1913 the first child of Roy G. and Evelyn (Morgridge) Brown.

She attended schools in Abbot, graduating from Abbot High School and from Golden School of Beauty Culture in Portland. Norma loved music from an early age and was a pianist for "Tony's Orchestra" with her brothers while in high school. In the early 40's she moved to Connecticut and worked at Colt's Patent Fire Arms in Hartford. After the war's end she worked at G. Fox & Company in Hartford for twelve years and later for the Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company for twenty years, retiring in 1977. While living in Connecticut, she became a member and was Past Matron of Storer Chapter No. 73 O.E.S. in West Hartford and also Royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth. After returning to Maine in 1980, she became a member of Susie Carr Chapter No. 56 O.E.S. in Sangerville. She was a charter member in 1982 of the Monson Church of Christ, providing music for almost ten years, and was an active member of the Abbot Historical Society.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Alvarus F. Bennett, George Lussier, and Wilfred Herring; a daughter, Barbara Bennett Phillips; an infant son, Walter S. Bennett; 3 brothers, Thomas G. Brown, Charles W. Brown II, and Anton E. Brown; and a son-in-law, Albert G. Phillips.

Survivors include, twin daughters, Joann Bennett and Joyce Eggleston of Zephyrhills, Florida and Abbot; a daughter, Kathryn Bernier and her husband, Donald of Winter Haven, Florida; a brother, James F. Brown of Abbot; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At Norma's request, a graveside service will be held for family and friends. Services will be held 1 PM Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Village Cemetery in Abbot, with Pastor Ray Beless officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Abbot Historical Society, P.O. Box 105, Abbot, ME 04406 or to the United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 204, Monson, ME 04464.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to

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