ELLSWORTH—Julia M. Mawhinney Calor, died May 17, 2010, unexpectedly at her home in Ellsworth. She was born July 14, 1932, in Machias, the daughter of Fred and Vivian Mawhinney.
She graduated from Machias High School in 1950. She married Allan “Bud” Calor later that year after graduation. They were married for over 50 years and enjoyed many happy times. Together they lived in Machias until 1966 and then moved to Ellsworth. Julia and Bud had four children and remained active members in the Ellsworth community for over 40 years. Julia graduated from Beal Business School and attended the University of Maine. She worked as a patient care coordinator at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1991. She always spoke of her “hospital family” and she made many special and lasting friendships during her career there. She was a decorated and life member of the Girl Scouts, receiving its highest award, the “Gold.” She was an accomplished swimmer and certified lifeguard and in her younger years saved a number of lives in that capacity. She was also a den mother in Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver, an honorary award for outstanding service to Boy Scouting. She remained interested and active in her grandchildren’s Scouting careers. Julia was a life member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls and served on the advisory board of the Ellsworth Chapter No. 97 for many years. She earned the highest award of service, the Grand Cross of Color. She was also a life member of the Machias Chapter No. 83 of the Order of the Eastern Star and held many offices including that of Worthy Matron. Julia was also a lifelong member of the Congregational Church in Machias. Julia was a devoted wife and wonderful mother who spent her life doing for her family and when she wasn’t doing, she was thinking about what she could do. She had many friends with whom she kept in constant touch by phone or by special handwritten cards and letters. Julia was full of fun and laughter, and brought joy to all who knew her, most especially her family.
She is survived by her sister, Muriel Mawhinney Berry of Marshfield; three sons, Craig A. Calor of Northfield, Christopher S. Calor and wife, Wanda, of Ellsworth and Michael K. Calor and wife, Wendy, of Northfield; her daughter, closest friend and companion, Julie M. Calor Vittum of Ellsworth; six grandchildren, Paris A. Calor and wife, Kara, of Holden, Donna Young of Franklin, Ryan and Aaron Calor of Northfield, Michael Vittum III and Julianne Rose Vittum of Ellsworth; one great-grandchild, Kallie Calor of Holden. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Fred Mawhinney Jr.; sister, Lillian Mawhinney Umstead.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, at the First Congregational Church UCC, 2 Church St. Ellsworth. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Jonesboro by invitation of the family. Contributions in Julia’s memory may be made to The F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Emergency Center Capital Campaign, MCMH, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.