Colleen Hayford

Colleen Hayford (McPherson)

Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Colleen Vivian Hayford, age 86, passed away on August 29, 2020 at Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington, Maine with her family by her side.
Her journey began October 21, 1933. Born to parents Almon Alphonzo and Ruth Bernice (Nason) McPherson in Chapman, Maine, but quickly moved to Presque Isle, Maine where she graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1952. 1953 was the start of her working for New England Telephone Company and ended when she retired in 1984.
Colleen has always loved genealogy. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she would spend hours of her time working in the family history center helping others find their ancestors.
Colleen’s other loves were reading, long walks, and playing with her doggies. Most of all, her greatest joy was being a mother, a grandmother, and great grandmother. Spoiling her great grandchildren was something she loved to do.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Embleton (Hayford) and her husband Merle of Wilton, her son Michael Hayford and wife Heather of New Hampshire, 3 grandchildren, April Walker (Embleton) and her husband Rory of Wilton, Chris Embleton of Wilton and Heather Spencer and her husband Bryan of Pittsfield, grandchildren of her heart Ericka Embleton (Toothaker) and Cory Arsenault, and her 10 great grandchildren: Alexis, Emily, Logan, Hailey, Emma, Noah, Abby, Autumn, Lexi and Eben. She is predeceased by her mother and father of Presque Isle, and older sister Edwina Van Luven.

Cremation cared for by Wiles remembrance Center: Adams-McFarlane Chapel 137 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington. There will be no memorial Service or visiting hours per her final request. As Colleen so valued family history, friends and family are encouraged to share condolences and precious stories in her book of memories at
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Kathy McCarty

Posted at 09:56pm
Goodness, where do I begin. SOOOO many fond memories. I loved the annual trips to Bangor for shopping for school clothes, how she carried Mike into the mall to buy new shoes when he threw his out the window on I-95, our trips to Pizza Hut (it was the first time I ate a pizze - albeit a small - all by myself). The trips to Marston's book store in Presque Isle, where she patiently waited for us to select comic books. The MANY movies she took us to, both at the theater and the drive-in. Saddling the ponies for us to ride. The MANY trips to the library she took us on - she encouraged us to read and I thank her for instilling that love of reading at an early age, I read at least a book a week now. The many trips to Squapan (now Scopan) where she'd buckle us into life vests and we'd play in the water, while she read on a blanket, the Red Sox game tune in on the radio, keeping a box of salt handy for any blood suckers we got on us in the lake; how she chased a bat out of the outhouse; stopping at the little store in Mapleton on the way to the lake, letting us stock up on penny candy - without her, I'd never know what a Jolly Rancher tasted like. How she pretended not to know you and I snooped in the Christmas gifts she'd hidden in her closet. Having patience with me the first time I tried sleeping over, and ended up having to go home around midnight. The many rides to school she gave me - never complaining about picking up another kid. Letting us walk from school to the phone company to get a ride home. Allowing me to go along when you took Mike to meet your dad one summer - I still have the pictures from when we went to Old Orchard Beach peer. Trips to the fair she took us on. I remember all the birthday parties she put together for you and Mike - the countless peanuts she hid on the lawn, games planned, and party favors purchased. I remember her always being so quiet, but speaking up when you and Mike would get into it. She had a way of smiling when she looked at you and Mike. Probably one of my favorite memories was when she took me to get my first kitten, who I named Topper, after your pony. I remember her bringing me home with it, and I had him hidden in my coat. It seems like the majority of my happy memories as a child involve you and your mother - she was my second mom, provided hugs and first aid when I needed them. So many weekends were made better by the time spent with your family. None of that would have been possible without your mom's willingness to include me. For that, I'll forever be grateful to her. Colleen Hayford, may you be at peace now. You'll be forever remembered through fond memories. Kathy (DeForest) McCarty

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