Bethany H. Delano
Friendship — Bethany Hope Light Delano unexpectedly slipped away in the night of Nov. 28, 2012, at her home in Friendship. She was 47, born to Lloyd W. and Donna J. Light at Camden Hospital in Camden on Sept 12, 1965.
Beth attended Waldoboro schools K-12, graduating from Medomak Valley High School in 1983, then on to University of Maine Augusta where she majored in art and literature for one year. She then settled down with the love of her life, Christopher Robert Delano in Friendship.
Her many talents drew her to jobs of her interests and working choices; Senter Crane Department Store, and Huston-Tuttle in Rockland, then to Prints Charming in Waldoboro.
As her children, Christopher Lloyd Delano and Jennifer Delano came along, she had a job with Friendship Community Pre-School in Waldoboro, where her children could go to work with her. Later she bought into The Tot Spot for recycling children clothes and apparatus. She worked a short time at Young’uns in Damariscotta.
Animals were another love, and she went to work at Yankee Clipper Pet Grooming in Rockport where she enjoyed the animals and clients and coworkers, her dream job, greatly appreciated by her “quirky” working family, too.
Beth’s curiosity and enjoyment of area history, led her to research the Delano family genealogy and decided to research, write and publish a comprehensive look at the cemeteries of Friendship, “Stone Reunions,” giving many local families a beginning to their own genealogies. She would lead her children through each cemetery regardless of the weather as she would research each plot teaching them a love of their own history as she had been.. Her children were her best friends, loving to tag along for any adventure with Mom.
Beth’s hobbies were writing, reading, crafting new from old, and making jewelry made of discarded items as shown on her website Raspberry Ribbons. There was no trash in Beth’s life, she always saw beauty. Keeping up with family, friends and her animals was always at the top of her list of what to do.
Beth was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 149 of Waldoboro for 40 years.
She is survived by her beloved husband Chris; her son Christopher Lloyd Delano, Friendship; daughter Jennifer Delano of Damariscotta; her parents Lloyd and Donna Light, Waldoboro; father-in-law Cederick Delano and his wife Rusty of Friendship; mother-in-law Marjorie Gray and her husband Norman of Friendship; sister June E. Gagnon and husband Michael, Florida and Maine; brother Lloyd E “Chad” Light, Waldoboro; nephews Jacob and Conner Light; sister-in-laws; Jennifer Delano, Deborah Delano Heald, Wendy Delano Collamore, Jennifer Gray Kane, Kelly Gray Hall, Sherrie Gray Reed, Therisa Gray Costello; brother-in-laws; James Delano and wife Debra, Matthew Delano and wife Brandy, Zachary Gray and wife Megan. Many nieces and nephews. Aunties and uncles: Sheila and Roger Carlson, Rockland, Dale M and Connie Beal, Owls Head, Harold and Linda Light Hodgkins, West Rockport; cousins: Craig M Beal, Rockland, Lori Carlson, Rockland. Her beloved animals: Snooper, Millie, Linus, and Patti Paws and Carrie Cat.
A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. Waldoboro, ME 04572 with a time of remembrance to be held at 1:15 p.m. Burial will follow at the Harbor Cemetery in Friendship.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to assist the family at 15 Salt Pond Road in Friendship or Knox County Humane Society, PO Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841
Through her life, Beth found solace and peace in her research for “Stone Reunions.”
Death is only an old door
Set in a garden wall.
On quiet hinges it gives at dusk,
When the thrushes call.
Along the lintel are green leaves,
Beyond, the lights lies still;
Very Wearing and willing feet
Go over that wall.
There is nothing to trouble any heart,
Nothing to hurt at all.
Death is only an old door
In a garden wall.
By Nancy Byrd Turner