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Frances Pauline (Susee) Read

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Frances Pauline (Susee) Read Obituary
Frances Pauline Read, 96, passed away quietly at Silver Lake Nursing Home in Dover on June 5, 2016. Born in Vanceboro, Maine, she was the daughter of Ralph Eugene Susee and Illa Bertha Howland Susee.

Frances graduated valedictorian from Vanceboro High in the class of 1937. She married Edgar F. Sewell, Sr. and lived in Wollaston, Mass., before moving to Wyckoff, N..J. and then to West Stockbridge, Mass., where they raised their three children. She instilled in her children a love of reading and gardening. Later in life she married Meredith A. Read and lived in Hinsdale, Mass. There, she was very active in the First Congregational Church, and was an active member of the Century Club. She loved to waltz, to read and to write poetry. Frances was a dedicated gardener as she and her husband jointly worked to lovingly renovate their 1791 house on their acreage. She took the long view and planted grape vines, berry bushes, asparagus and rhubarb.

She and her husband were adventurous and travelled to such places as Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Mexico and throughout Europe. But she dearly loved her family home in Vanceboro and shared that home on the St. Croix River with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent her last three years living with her daughter, Christine and family in Wyoming, Del.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Jeffrey Sewell, and her husbands, Edgar F. Sewell and Meredith A. Read.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Vivian Irene Susee Mathews; her children, Edgar Sewell Jr. (Nancy), Christine Stillson (Lester), Constance Testa; her step-children, Dale Read (Melanie), Pamela Read Hardcastle and Kevin Read (Diane.) She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Sara Cameli (Joseph), Daniel Stillson, Michael Sewell (Molly), Mark Sewell (Natasha), Matthew Sewell (Megan), Martin Sewell (Jennifer), and Jennifer Pilkington (Bryan), Allison McHugh (Kevin), Stephanie Ballard (Jeffrey), Asa Hardcastle, Evan Hardcastle (Sarah), Veronica Read, Aaron Read, and Meghan Constantinou (Nicholas) and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Published in Dover Post from June 16 to July 1, 2016
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