Mabel I. Grey

Feb 13, 2012

APPLETON — Mabel Isabel Grey, 94, formerly of North Appleton, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland surrounded by her loving caregivers, family, and her great-granddaughter holding her hand and giving her kisses. There is a new angel with the softest skin and hugs and kisses for everyone.

Born in Waltham, Mass., on Feb. 5, 1918, she was the daughter of William W. and Liola (Moore) Draper. At the age of 4 Mabel and her family moved to Camden where she lived until the age of 13 when she moved to Sudbury, Mass. Mabel returned to Camden when she was 16. In 1935, she married Lawrence Grey and they resided in Rockport for many years while raising their three daughters. Mabel was always busy and would work from home making Christmas wreathes during the holiday season while she continued to work for the Knox Woolen Mill “closing felts.” In the early 1950s, she went to work for Brewster’s Shirt Factory in Camden, did wallpapering and worked as a seasonal housekeeper. Mabel was a member of the Megunticook Grange and served as a Girl Scout leader. Mabel enjoyed the time she spent at camp hunting and fishing or just sitting on the dock listening to the loons.

In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Grey moved to North Appleton where she very much enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mabel was devoted to her friends and family and was affectionately called Grammie Grey. Mabel enjoyed the companionship of her cats, especially Lucas who spent many years keeping her company. She canned the vegetables from her garden, knitted afghans, and even made wedding cakes for her family. She always looked forward to making homemade vanilla ice cream on her birthday.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Grey who died on July 18, 1983, and a grandson, Robert Dean who died on July 23, 1991.

Surviving are three daughters, Arlene Moody and her husband, James, of North Appleton, Judith Dinsmore of Camden, and Thelma Dean and her husband, Cary, of Palermo; eight grandchildren, Dave Moody and his wife, Paula, of Rockport, Wayne Moody and his wife, Amy, of Warren, Larry Moody and his fiancé Anissa of Union, Kevin Moody and his partner Toni of Appleton, Artie Dinsmore and his wife, Jessica, of Searsmont, Andy Dinsmore of Washington, Barbara Flaherty of Waldoboro and Cappy Dean and his wife, Melissa, of Warren; 17 great-grandchildren, Kate Marchessault and Brian Moody, Tobey, Joshua and Brandon Moody, Crista and Kyle Moody and Casey Gammon, Erick Moody, Grey, Emery and Devin Dinsmore, Kyle and Autumn Dinsmore, James and Nakisha Flaherty, and Nicholas Reed; seven great-great-grandchildren, Brady and Alayna, Mason, Sydney and Ethan, Alexandria, and Eli.

Mabel spent the last decade of her life in the loving care of the fine staff at both Quarry Hill in Camden and the Knox Center in Rockland. In lieu of a memorial donation, please express your gratitude to these exceptional caregivers.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Grey family by visiting their book of memories at A graveside service will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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