Mary Merry Oatway

KLT remembers land donor Mary Oatway.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Mary Merry Oatway died peacefully Saturday, Nov.17, 2018, at the age of 97.

She was born in Fillmore, Calif., on June 22, 1921, to Eugene and Blanche (Longley) Merry. She attended Smithfield and Norridgewock schools and graduated from Edward Little High in Lewiston in 1938. She subsequently graduated from Farmington State Teachers College.

In 1956 she married Gordon Charles Oatway of Augusta. She lived in East Winthrop for 58 years in the home they built together, raising two children.

Mary taught in Randolph Schools, Winthrop Schools, the State School for Girls in Hallowell, and provided continuing education for teachers. She served as Regent of the Augusta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, President of the Kennebec Valley Garden Club, and on the board of directors of Viles Arboretum.

Full of adventure and curiosity, Mary was always welcome at any event. She was a person of diverse interests; writing, history, nature, and art, often the interests interwove in creative ways. Her design graced the cover of the Kennebec Valley Garden Club handbook for years and she was an integral part of the Blaine House Christmas decorating committee. A child of nature, she reveled in all things about the outdoors, hiking, gardening, birds, trees and creatures.

In 2012, Mary donated 89 acres of land to the Kennebec Land Trust, creating the Little Cobbossee Oatway Preserve. As her legacy she preserved the land in perpetuity for all to enjoy.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years, Gordon Oatway, as well as eight siblings.

She is survived by a brother, George Merry, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; a daughter, Martha Oatway and husband, Robert Jordan, of Asheville, N.C., and their daughter, Page Spiess of Randolph Center, Vt.; a son, Seth Oatway and wife, Lelonie, of Braintree, Vt., and their children, Ian Oatway, Caroline Adams, Nicholas Adams, and Evan Adams.

Interment will be at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta in a private ceremony. In lieu of a funeral, an announcement will be made for a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that well-wishers find a special place in their garden or the woods to remember Mary fondly and privately.

Published in Central Maine on Nov. 20, 2018

Dr. Robert Milton Ladd

KLT remembers former advisor, Robert Ladd.

Dr. Robert Milton Ladd 1928 - 2018 AUGUSTA -

Dr. Robert Milton Ladd, the son of George and Helen Filene Ladd, passed away on Nov. 22, 2018, at the Glenridge Long Term Care facility in Augusta.Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 1928, he lived most of his life in Tucson, Ariz. and Manchester, while each year summering in Wayne. After graduating from Bard College and serving in the U.S Army he earned his M.A. in Education from Trinity College, taught at Hallowell High School, and received his D. Ed. degree from the University of Virginia. He then worked for the Florida State Department of Education as well as the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University in England and, following his retirement, returned to Maine. He was a long standing trustee of Skidmore College, N.Y. and was awarded honorary alumni status. He also served as a director of the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation of Boston, Mass., and served on the Board of Directors of Green Fields School in Tucson, Ariz.Bob was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Lewis Ladd in 1999; a son, Robert D. Ladd in 2013; and a brother, George Ladd III in 2006. Survivors include a brother, Lincoln and his wife, Gloria of Wayne; a daughter, Betsy Ladd of Wayne, two sons, J. Scott and his wife, Patricia, their children Samantha T. and Jackson S., all of Winthrop and William Ladd of Framingham, Mass.; his grandchildren, (family of Robert D.) Breinne F. Walton and husband, Luke of California, with their children, Lawson R. and Landen F. Walton, Joshua T. Ladd and his wife, Sarah, and their children, Kirin A. and Hunter T. Ladd, Aspen and Marley Peace of Minneapolis, Minn.A special thanks to the staff at Glenridge, Granite Hill Reflections Unit and Androscoggin Hospice.A private memorial service will be held in the summer of 2019. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop. Memories, condolences, photos, and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.comIn lieu of flowers donations may be made to:Berry Dexter Wilson Ponds WatershedP.O. Box 234Winthrop ME 04364; orArizona Sonora Desert Museum2021 N Kinney Rd.Tucson, Arizona 85743

Allan "Al" Haury

WATERVILLE - Allan "Al" Haury, 84, of Waterville, passed away in his home on Nov. 19, 2018, with his wife and his stepdaughter present.

Al was born in Globe, Ariz., on Sept. 3, 1934, the son of Emil and Hulda (Penrier) Haury. Al attended Tucson Senior High School, one year at Pomona College in California and the University of Arizona in Tucson. He graduated from the university with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. After graduation, he worked for 13 years at General Dynamics Astronautics in San Diego as a design engineer on the Atlas Missile program. Al then went to work at the Westinghouse Ocean Research Laboratory, also in San Diego, where he designed underwater equipment for studying the marine environment. He moved to Annapolis, Md., with the Research Lab, continuing to do environmental research in the Chesapeake Bay. After four years, the laboratory closed and Al transferred to work at the Westinghouse Oceanic Division and Northrop Grumman Ocean Systems Division, also in Annapolis. He continued to work on U.S. Navy projects at this facility for 26 years. He then retired but continued working on these projects as a consultant for another 12 years.

After living in Annapolis for 35 years, he and his wife moved to Oakland, Maine, and shortly afterwards to Waterville.

Al was always interested in nature. His favorite hobbies were model airplanes, bird watching and hiking. While in Annapolis, he was quite involved with the Anne Arundel County Bird Club and the Maryland Ornithological Society. He went on birding trips to Panama, Costa Rica and Scotland. When he lived in Oakland, Al became a member of the Oakland Lions and the Augusta Bird Club. He was an active member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church and served as an usher and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Bird; his brother, Loren Haury and his wife, Jan, and their son, Eric, of Sedona, Ariz.; his son, Christopher Haury and his wife, Trina; daughter, Lauren Evans of Tucson, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Sandra Jones and her husband, Stephan Jones; grandsons, Chris Haury Jr., Tony Evans, John Evans, Ryan Jones and granddaughters, Leah Haury, Sarah Moody (Evans) and Katelyn Jones; and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m., at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Waterville.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine.

In the lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

The Kennebec Land Trust, 331 Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04364 or

The Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901