1908 – 2010
LEWISTON — Evelyn Denison Foss Coolidge, born May 27, 1908, passed away on March 31. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, she will be missed by many loved ones and the beautiful land of Maine that gave her life, love and laughter. Her last years at Russell Park Manor were filled with many days, where she positioned herself outside the front door, be it a cool or warm day, she basked in the Maine sun rays and remembered her many years and family history of being pioneers of Maine.
She was the fifth generation of the Foss family to live in the town of Leeds. A beautiful young lady, she attended primary school in Leeds and went on to Kents Hill School. She was an active young woman at school and continued that spirit of social and community involvement throughout her life.
She returned to Leeds after her education and fell in love with handsome Charles Henry Coolidge and they were married for more than 50 years. Charlie predeceased her in 1982. Their marriage adventure carried them to South Carolina, where they raised two loving sons, first in Charleston then later in Hollywood. When Charlie retired, they returned to Maine, where she began another career as a realtor and antique dealer. Returning to her roots, she fulfilled new dreams with her creative and practical skills of bridging the art and history of all things Maine. Of all her activities, she was most proud of her membership in the Daughters of the Revolution.
On the occasion of her 100th birthday, a celebration was held in her home town of Leeds. She was honored by family, friends, the state of Maine and over 100 individuals who have been touched by her grace.
She was predeceased by her parents, George and Faith Foss; her brother, Lauriston; and her first born son, Charles Courtney in 1998.
Her second son, Conrad Foss Coolidge, resides near Savannah, Ga., with his wife, Debbie. She is survived by five grandchildren, Chuck, Cavan, Cheri, Mark and Greg; six great-grandchildren, Cayla, Crystal, Cavan II, Michelle, Hardy and Laurel; three great-great-grandchildren, Megan, Caden and Cameron; and extended family member, Joyce.
She had a spirit as strong and bright as the Maine sun she loved to sit under. The varied talents of her gave her a depth and wealth of affection for those around her. Mother, Nana, or Friend, no matter what name we choose, we will miss her beautiful youthful smile and will embrace her legacy of spirit. Your love and laughter graced each generation and friend that passed through your days and we will carry you in our hearts forever.