Celia Stone Wallace
Thomaston — Celia Stone Wallace, 92, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born in Thomaston, June 11, 1921, she was the daughter of William and Marceline Allen Stone. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Thomaston High School, class of 1939. After graduation, she attended Eastern State Normal School at Castine, and graduated with her teaching degree in 1942. She taught school in Winterport and Howland, where she met William (Bill) Wallace, a resident of that town. They were married Sept. 20, 1945. While Bill was on his one year re-enlistment in the U.S. Army, they spent resided at Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Benning, Ga.
Upon their return they made their home in Thomaston, and later St. George where Celia continued teaching at Wiley's Corner School. After several years they moved back to Thomaston and made their home there. They had one daughter, Patty, who was such a help to them both during their later years.
For more than 40 years, Celia was a member of the United Methodist Church of Camden. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 in Thomaston for nearly 60 years, serving as president of the unit for a time, and later as secretary, an office she held for 47 years. She and six others formed a 7-club, meeting monthly, with the mission of helping veterans and their families. For 25 years they met each month at each other’s homes and shared a meal together. Celia was the last remaining member of the club. Celia was also a member of the D.A.R. for more than 50 years, and a 40-year member of the Society for Mayflower Descendants for, joining on her ancestor William Bradford. For several years she was a member of the St. George Grange, and later the Weymouth Grange in Thomaston until its closure. She was also a member of the Friendship V.F.W. Auxiliary for several years.
In the 1960s, Celia and Bill enjoyed their new cottage they had built on the St. George River. They spent many happy times there with family and friends.
After 62 years of marriage, Bill passed away in 2007. Since that time Celia has remained independent, living on her own in the home they shared together for almost 50 years.
Celia loved nature, the wildflowers, birds and animals. She loved going for car rides with her daughter Patty, and especially country rides during all four seasons. She was able to do so up until her illness in December. Celia also loved reading, doing puzzle books, corresponding with cards and letters, and enjoyed her beautiful collection of cardinal birds. She loved her grandchildren Melanie and Brian and her two great-grandsons, Jacob and Joshua. She enjoyed having the entire family at her house for the holidays and other special occasions.
Other than her parents, Celia was predeceased by her husband Bill; a brother Lewis Stone; a sister Katherine Stone; and her son-in-law Robert Beckett. She is survived by her daughter Patty Beckett; granddaughter Melanie Hyatt; grandson Brian Beckett, his wife Lidia, and her children; two great-grandsons, Jacob Hyatt, Joshua Beckett; her sister-in-law Marion Stone, all of Thomaston; nephew Lewis (Rocky) Stone, his wife Anita, and their family of Barrington, N.H.; nieces Sheryl Gregory and her husband John, Kathy Stone, all of Litchfield; sisters-in-law Gloria Jones of Millinocket, Florence Wallace of Meriden, Conn.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ellen and Everett Danforth of Carmel, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Frank and Alice Wallace of East Millinocket, Ronald and Imogene Wallace of Passadumkeag, as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.
A graveside service will be held in the springtime with burial at the Village Cemetery in Thomaston. Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841, or to the charity of ones choice. To share a memory or story with Celia's family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.