WINTHROP - Errie M. Hasty, 91, of Winthrop, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Heritage Living Center in Winthrop. Born in Keegan on June 19, 1922, the daughter of Joseph and Nina McDougald, she was a graduate of Kents Hill High School and Gates Business School in Augusta. During World War II, Errie worked in Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, James Hasty. After his discharge from the Army, they returned to Maine and she worked for the state in various administrative offices until Jim passed away in 1971. Errie married Dexter Bridges in 1976 and moved to Largo, Fla., where she worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs and became very involved with the Auxiliaries of Veterans of Foreign Wars, DAV and American Legion, of which she was very proud. Errie was the president of the VFW Auxiliary for five years. Dexter passed away in 1994 and Errie retired from the DAV and moved to LaBelle, Fla., to manage the Big V Motel before moving back to her beloved Maine in 1997 to be close to her family. She became a member of the Penquis CAP Foster Grandparent Program, where she spent many satisfying hours with the students of Maine School Administrative District 11 for five years before her health forced her to retire. After that, she spent as much time as her health allowed volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner. Errie's hope "was that she might have made a difference to some of those sweet children who gave her so much love."
Errie is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Nina Kennedy McDougald, of Readfield; her husbands, James Hasty and Dexter Bridges; her brothers, Ernold McDougald, of Portsmouth, Va., and Frank McDougald, of Auburn; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Hasty (wife of Frank Hasty), of Grant, N.M.
She is survived by her sons, Bill Hasty, and his wife, Sara, of Gardiner, Frank Hasty, of Grant, N.M., and Jim Hasty and his wife, Susan, of Milton, Fla.; and her daughter, Cynthia Everetts, of Aurora, Colo. Survivors also include her very special sister and best friend, Velma Bellville, of Winthrop; a brother, Holson McDougald, and his wife, Polly, of Monmouth.
Errie is also survived by 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews located throughout the United States.
We would like to thank the staff of Heritage and the Kennebec Valley Hospice nurses for the wonderful care they have given to her. We are extremely grateful to the people at Heritage for the respect and love you gave her during her stay.
Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, with the funeral service immediately following visiting hours at 11 a.m. Spring burial will be in Readfield Corner Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner, Attn: Ingrid Stanchfield, 4 Pray St., Gardiner, ME 04345; or to HealthReach Hospice & Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903. Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.