FRIENDSHIP AND N. YARMOUTH — Priscilla W. Ambrose, aged 85 years, passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2022, joining her loved ones who went before.

Born Feb. 28, 1937, in Boston, Mass., Priscilla was the second child of Mary E. Cady (Kenneth G. Cady) and Richard Wilder (Frances Wilder). She was predeceased by her parents; brother Thomas C. Wilder; sister Phoebe Wilder; stepbrother John Turner; and husband, William G. Ambrose. She is survived by her siblings Samuel L. Cady (K. Min) of Friendship and Constance B. Wilder of Newburyport Mass.; stepbrother Dean Turner (Gudrun) of Mashpee, Mass.; her children, Fonda A. Hereford (Page) of St. Louis, Mo., Edith R. Ambrose (Yakir Katz) of New Orleans, La., David M. Ambrose (Sergio Guimaraes) of S. Portland, Rachel C. Ambrose of Portland; her grandchildren Sally H. Child (Andrew), Thomas B. Hereford, and Emily A. Hereford, all of Denver, Colo., Talia Katz Ambrose of New Orleans, La. and Sivan Katz Ambrose of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one great-grandchild, Robert M. Child.

Priscilla spent her childhood years in Boothbay Harbor, Newton and Winchester Mass., with post-WWII living experiences in Naples, Italy, Les Avants, Switzerland, and London, England, with her mother and stepfather, Lt. cmdr. Ken Cady. Despite being sidetracked by polio at age 18, Priscilla graduated from Skidmore College (class of 1959) and obtained a master’s degree from Lesley College. She taught school  in Michigan, Washington, and Midway Island, where she met her husband of 53 years, Lt. j.g. William G. Ambrose. With their four children, Priscilla and Bill lived in Indian Head Md., Corning N.Y., Durham England, Ridgewood N.J., Hingham Mass. and finally N. Yarmouth, Maine, where they successfully ran Bradco Chair Co. for 20 years before retiring in 2003. Priscilla never missed a summer at her beloved seaside cottage in Friendship with friends and family accompanying her and Bill on island picnics and boat rides aboard Caroline.

Priscilla lived an extraordinary and adventure-filled life. She was an avid tennis player, traveler, appreciator of the arts, especially music, author and diarist. A memorial service and hymn will be held in her honor at the Methodist Church in Friendship on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

The family thanks the kind and caring staff at The Cedars in Portland, and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Priscilla’s favorite causes — the Friendship Library, Friendship Scholarship Fund or Medomak Valley Land Trust.

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements.  To extend online condolences visit their Book of Memories at