FARMINGTON — Gertrude T. Hattley, 89, of New Sharon, died late Friday evening, April 16, at the Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
She was born on May 26, 1920, in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of George and Margaret E. (Dabrowski) Hattley. She graduated from Walton High School in the Bronx.
She worked as an account manager for most of her life, beginning in Long Island, N.Y. at AT & T and later here in Maine. She moved to New Sharon from Long Island in 1964, purchasing one of New Sharon’s earliest homes and was noted as being a “good steward of her property and a good neighbor.” Gertrude was a very active member of the New Sharon community through her participation in town affairs, including her work as the ballot clerk for decades, her involvement in town meetings, and as an early member of the historical society. She worked tirelessly for years to get the legislature to preserve the 1916 iron bridge over the Sandy River, however unsuccessfully. She was also a founding member of the group that established the Franklin County Animal Shelter. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, the company of her many dogs and cats over the years, and feeding the birds, which she did for decades. There were also always resident tribes of squirrels and chipmunks around her home.
She is survived by her nephews, Ken Corbett of Roy, U.T., and Ron Corbett and his wife, Sydney, of Ocala, Fla.; a niece, Marlene Dultz, and her husband, Paul, of St. Clarita, Calif.; and a great nephew, Lance Corbett, of Roy, U.T.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Margaret C. Corbett, Jack Hattley, and George Hattley; a nephew, John Hattley.