WINDSOR -- Mavis Choate, 92, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Kindred Rehabilitation Center, Augusta, following a brief illness. She was born in Windsor on March 8, 1920, a daughter of the late Chauncey D. and Flossie (Sproul) Turner.
Mavis graduated from Erskine Grammar School in Windsor and later from Cony High School in Augusta, class of 1937. Mavis attended Gates Business College, and graduated in 1938.
She was employed by the IBM office of Edwards Manufacturing from 1938 to 1942 and later at the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs at Togus from 1947 to 1977. Mavis retired as secretary to the chief of medical services. She went on to serve on the Windsor School Board in the early 1940s when there were five area schools and served again in the 1950s at the time of the first consolidated school in Windsor.
Mavis was a 60-plus year member of the Windsor Grange (now Branch Mills), a past member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Winding Water Chapter in Spring Hill, Fla., and then transferred in 2000 to the Samuel Grant Chapter NSDAR in Gardiner. Mavis was also an organizing member and officer of the State of Maine Club in Spring Hill. She was a former active member of the Windsor Historical Society and a former member of the Kennebec Historical Society. Mavis attended the First Unity Methodist Church in Spring Hill, and was a member of Windsor Memorial Baptist Church. She was a member and officer of the Senior Citizens Young at Heart program in Coopers Mills and participated in the Windsor Memorial Church Ladies Aid Society.
Mavis loved to travel and enjoyed her journeys to England, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Curacao, Hong Kong, Acapulco, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and Hawaii. She loved doing crossword puzzles, crypto quips, sewing, baking, tending to her flower gardens, mowing her lawns, eating out and spending time with very special family and friends and being with her cat Be-Be.
Mavis was predeceased by her husband, Donald, and they were married for 56 years. She was also predeceased by a brother, Harold Turner; sisters: Catherine Kilgore, Beatrice Tibbetts and Jean Paradis; and a very special grandson, Jason Chapman.
Mavis is survived by her sons, David Choate, and his wife, Diana, of Windsor, and Larry Choate, of Windsor; daughter Carol Chapman and her husband, Steven, of Sidney; a very special friend, Claudia Hatch, of New Harbor; sisters: Dorothy Noyes, of Saco, Joyce Clowes, of Winslow, Elaine Bilodeau and her husband, Earl, of Skowhegan; grandchildren: Kimberly Boivin and her husband, O'Neil, of Windsor, Mary Dee Grant, of Windsor, Joanne Choate, of Houston, Texas, Michael Choate and his wife, Beth, of Windsor, Matthew Choate, of Coopers Mills, and Christopher Choate and his wife Kelly, of Weeks Mills; great-grandchildren: Olivia Boivin, O'Neil Boivin, III, Elise Choate and William Choate; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at HealthReach Hospice for their comfort and care and her special caregivers from Maine-ly Elderly Care. The family also wishes to send their appreciation to Kindred Rehabilitation Center, Kennebec Internal Medicine, the staff on A-4 at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta campus, Kennebec Professional Pharmacy and G&E Roofing for their generous donation of medical equipment.
Relatives and friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Route 32, Windsor, where a funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Route 32, Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mavis' memory to Jason Chapman Fund to Camp Sunshine, 135 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015.
Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.