She was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Gale Hospital, Haverhill, Mass., to her parents, Gladys Mitchell and Arthur Hazen Abbott (both deceased). She grew up in Salem, N.H., and graduated from Woodbury High School and Burdette College, Boston, Mass. She was an accomplished classical pianist and played for a live broadcast radio series at the age of 17. She instilled her love of classical music and the piano to all her children, insisting on piano lessons at the conservatory in Bangor every Saturday, a four-hour round trip. She worked as a nurse’s aide during World War II in Boston and as a hostess at the officer’s club, as well as the USO. In Boston, after her schooling, she worked at Brown Publishing Co., various advertising agencies, and later for a stock broker, who introduced her to her future husband, Oscar L. Look, a dashing young war hero, who swept her off her feet. He had just returned from the Pacific Theatre, where he had been imprisoned by the Japanese for more than three and a half years, after surviving the Bataan Death March. She and Oscar were married at the Hannah Tenney Methodist Church in Salem, N.H., later honeymooning in Miami, Fla. Virginia drove most of the way to Miami and back. Upon returning to her new home in South Addison and getting a job as an executive secretary, she declared she should probably apply for a driver’s license! She and Oscar raised a family of five children: Jane Abbott, Oscar Lowell Jr., Sarah Elizabeth, Kathryn Grace and Robert Arthur.
Virginia loved to cook for her family and the community, her apple pie being a favorite at home and at many church suppers. She played the organ for the Community of Christ Church for nearly 50 years. She organized a Girl Scout troop and young girls’ group in her community. Virginia was a founding member of the Women’s Auxiliary, which raised funds for Downeast Community Hospital as well as a volunteer for the Red Cross. She was one of the organizers of the Addison Historical Society, serving as president over several years. She was worthy matron of the Eastern Star and served as their organist for many years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and president of the Mayhew Library Association in addition to being their librarian. She shared her love of music and gave music lessons to many children of the local community over the years.
Virginia was a loyal Republican and served as state committee woman. In addition to her volunteer work, she worked as a secretary/bookkeeper for A.L. Stewart and Sons in Cherryfield, and later in advertising for the The Ellsworth American and as a top salesperson for WDEA Radio. Upon retirement, she went to live with her daughter, Jane, and granddaughter, Hannah, who currently live in Yarmouth.
Virginia was a woman of dignity, grace and beauty, loved by her family and all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Jane Abbott, Sarah, Elizabeth, Kathryn Grace, and Robert Arthur; her grandchildren, Erin Jessica Look, Christopher Robert Caler and his wife Stephanie, Kristin Lin Hernandez and her husband, Tim, and Hannah Elizabeth Abbott Look; her great-grandchildren, Andrew James and Addison Elizabeth Caler.
She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar Lowell Look Sr., her son, Oscar Lowell Look Jr., and her grandson, Vance Emerald Caler.
Services will be held at the South Addison Union Church in South Addison at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, with a graveside memorial afterward at the family cemetery on the east side in Addison.
Flowers or donations may be made to the Union Church c/o Pastor Harold Tyler, South Addison Union Church, Mooseneck Road, South Addison, ME 04606.
Care for Virginia and her family has been entrusted to the Lindquist Funeral Home of Yarmouth, ME.