STEUBEN — Myra Esther Parritt died April 16, 2011, in Ellsworth after a short illness. She was born May 3, 1918, in Corea, the daughter of Alvin Tracy Young and Annie (Young).
She moved to West Bay to live with her grandparents, Dennis and Maggie Young, and attended West Bay schools and Steuben High School. She lived in Steuben all her life. Myra married Leslie Curtis Parritt of Somerville, Mass., and Steuben. They had three sons and one daughter. She worked for 29 years in the nursing department of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth. After retirement, she traveled to Florida, Arizona and Texas. Myra loved flowers and spent many happy years working in her gardens and mowing her lawns. As a 20-year member of the Bangor Singles Club, she enjoyed evenings dancing with her friends. Although stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and housebound for 12 years, she continued to stay active and involved. Her grandchildren, Andrew and Nina, were a special joy in her later years. In 2010, she received the Boston Post cane as the oldest senior citizen in Steuben. Myra enjoyed life and will be very much missed by her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her father and mother; her husband, Leslie; son, Alfred “Fred;” half-sister, S. Dorothy Perry; and two stepbrothers, Lloyd and Walter Moore. She is survived by her half-brother, Durrell Moore; sons Leslie and Ronnie and his wife, Julie, of Steuben; daughter, Roberta and her husband, George McLaughlin, of Watertown, Mass.; granddaughters, Valerie and her husband, Kerry Geel, Rhonda and her husband, Ted Hamilton, Evelyn Smith; grandsons, Craig Light, Dennis Ellis, Andrew Parritt; and granddaughter, Nina Parritt; great-granddaughters, Nicole Leighton, Jamie Geel, Larisa Hamilton, Jordan Smith; great-grandson, Casey Hamilton; and great-great grandsons, Dylan and Jacob Geel.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday April 21, 2011, at the Corea Cemetery. A celebration of her life and her son, Fred’s life will follow at 28 Navy Drive, Winter Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, Village Road, Steuben, ME 04680. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, condolences may be sent at www.bragdonkelley.com.