Phyllis Mae (Gray) Chase


Phyllis Mae (Gray) Chase, 76, a lifelong resident of Northeast Harbor, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Eastern Maine Medical Center after a short illness. She was born Feb. 21, 1933, to Albert and Jennie (Walls) Gray in Northeast Harbor.

Phyllis graduated in 1951 from Gilman High School. She enjoyed the many summers that her grandson, Christian Fitzharris, spent in Northeast Harbor over the years. She was very fond of watching her two granddaughters, Meghan and Stephanie Chase, grow to achieve their goals. She also enjoyed going down to Sea Street to watch the boats; as well as, her weekly lunches in Ellsworth. Phyllis worked in summer homes through the years for many summer residents; her favorite employer and friend was the Dr. Michael and Julie Crofoot Family.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ronald J Chase Sr.; her daughter, Julie Chase Donohue and Michael J Donohue III of Los Gatos, Calif.; her son, Ronald J Chase Jr. and Debbie Chase of Bangor; her grandchildren, Christian Fitzharris, Meghan Chase, Stephanie Chase, Michael J. Donohue V and Stephen Donohue. She is also survived by her brother, Albert Gray and his wife, Barbara, of LaGrange, Ga.; her sister-in-law, Frances (Rodick) Gray; special nephews, Douglass “Scamp” Gray Jr., Russell Gray, Lowell Chase Jr., Robert and Ruth Mitchell of Marietta, Ga.; and niece, Kathy Chase Branch; as well as many nieces, nephews, wonderful neighbors, and friends. She was predeceased by brothers, Everard “Tator” Gray and Douglass S. Gray Sr.

A memorial service was held March 8, 2009, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Spring interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Northeast Harbor. Contributions in Phyllis’s memory should be made to the Joshua Sprague Scholarship Fund, The First, c/o Steve Parady, P.O. Box 258, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 122, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662. Condolences may be expressed at

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