Helen Crawford Davis Sublett

Jan 07, 2013

Union — Helen Crawford Davis Sublett, 96, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Union. She was born on July 10, 1916 in Port Clyde, the daughter of the late Sydney and Mary Davis Knight. She grew up and attended local schools and was a graduate of Rockland High School class of 1933.

She married her husband Carl on Aug. 20, 1942.

Her first teaching job was as the teacher at the one-room school house on Monhegan Island. This kicked off her career in education. She worked as a special education teacher in the Knoxville, Tenn. school system and then became a home bound special education teacher which she continued to do until her retirement.

After retiring she continued to work by supporting her husband by doing the entire behind the scenes work for her husband’s art career. Something she was very fond of as the couple was able to spend a lot of time together.

She would visit Maine in the summer and bake pies all summer long. She was known to make a mean apple pie but her specialties were berry pies, particularly raspberry. She loved being in the kitchen and loved having people in her home. She was a fantastic cook and made sure that no one would ever leave her home hungry. Even if she did not have much she was able to make it work so that everyone would get their fill. She was a very generous and caring person and she taught many lessons to her children about the importance of these character traits. Her patience had a reputation of its own and she was always described as the most patient person anyone had met. She loved to write and receive letters as she knew the personal touches that each letter would carry.

She was a member of the Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Carl Sublett, a sister, two brothers, a step-brother, and a great-grandson Theo Clark Witham.

Survivors include her children Eric Sublett of Knoxville, Tenn., Carol Colby and her husband Mark of Union; grandsons Jason Witham and his wife Anita of South Thomaston, Taylor Witham of Rockland, great-grandson Bodie Ayden Witham; step-granddaughter Mary Yokabaskas and her husband John and their three children of Bristol, Debbie Panebianco and her two children of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; step-son Steve Colby and his three children of Gardiner.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Ridge Baptist Church, Ridge Road, St. George. A burial will be held at the Ridge Cemetery in the spring.

Should friends desire memorial donations may be made in Helen’s memory to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841 or to a charity of your choice.

You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home of Thomaston 78 Main St. Thomaston, ME 04861

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