LEWISTON – Verna Wheeler Coady, 103, formerly of 1043 Allen Pond Road, Greene, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the d’Youville Pavilion, where she had been a resident for the past three years.

She was born in Greene, on Oct, 26, 1905, the younger daughter of Frederick and Florence (Rose) Wheeler. As a child, she attended a one-room school in Greene. She continued her education at Monmouth Academy, from which she graduated in 1924.

In the same year, she married John A. Coady of Lewiston, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. They raised their family of four children in Lewiston, where she was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish and its Rosary Sodality.

In 1952, they moved to Boothbay Harbor, where she attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and was involved with the women’s group. Her life’s work was being a devoted mother and grandmother. She had a keen interest in the life of her immediate and extended families. They were the core of her life. She hosted many family holiday dinners and family reunions at her home.

She was a talented seamstress and she enjoyed knitting and cooking, especially desserts. She had a lifelong hobby of scrapbooking, clipping newspaper items dating back to the 1930s, that involved family, friends and neighbors. She continued this activity until the last few years of her life.

In her work outside the home, she enjoyed the camaraderie that came with more than six decades of summer employment in seasonal businesses in Monmouth and Boothbay Harbor, where she made lasting friendships. Having returned to Greene to live in 1980, she subsequently became the proud recipient of the town’s Boston Post Cane, which her mother had held previously.

In 2003, she attended the bicentennial celebration at Monmouth Academy and was honored as its oldest living alumna. She was a member of Greene’s Senior Citizens.

She leaves a son, John, and his wife, Irene, of Auburn; her daughter, Mary Wallace, and her husband, Richard, and her daughter-in-law, Marlene Coady, all of Boothbay Harbor, 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; two sons, Bernard and Robert; her brothers, Stanley and Gerald; and her sister, Vivian McKenney.

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