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SANGERVILLE- Selma Iona Howell, 92, passed away December 30, 2011, at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft. She was born July 24, 1919 in Dover-Foxcroft, daughter of Guy L. and Albena A. (Shannon) Bonsey.

She was the fourth child of seven siblings. She attended Dover-Foxcroft schools and graduated in 1937. She also attended school in Springvale, with the National Youth Association.

Selma worked at J.J. Newberry's Department Store and as a live in nanny for the Stracton family in Boston.

In 1940, she married James Wilson Howell and lived for 68 years on the Howell Farm, Silvers Mills Road in Sangerville, and worked in the Guilford Woolen Mill for fifteen years.

Selma is survived by a sibling, Ann Bonsey True Dow of Augusta; three children, Brenda Maguire and her husband, James of Gardiner, James Howell of Redwood City, CA, and Susan Easterbrooks and her husband, John of Yakima, WA; grandchildren, Tami Perry of Biddeford, Jennifer Vainio of Saco, Steven Vainio and his wife, Shirleen of Monson, James Howell Jr. of Redwood City, CA, Shannon Howell of Stockton, CA, Lindsay Brown and her husband, Kevin of OR, and Shannon Sampson and her husband, Andrew of WA; great grandchildren, Chastity and Hannah Vainio, Rebecca Caron, Emmett Sampson, and Talin Howell.

Selma was predeceased by her husband, Wilson Howell; 5 of her siblings, and a grandchild, Julie Ann Vainio.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 PM, Wednesday January 4, 2012 at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak Street in Guilford. Funeral services will be held 6 PM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Fr. Paul Murray officiating. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at Aunt DD's Restaurant on Elm Street in Guilford. Spring burial will be in the Sangerville Village Cemetery.

Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the American Heart Association, 51 US Route One, Suite ME, Scarborough, ME 04072.

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