LEWISTON – Taimi K. Hemingway of Farmington, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of March 2, at Montello Manor.

The only daughter of Kalle and Mary (Pulkkinen) Kilponen, she was born in Paris and attended schools in Canton and Monmouth Academy.

She lived most of her life in Farmington and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Maine and the Finnish American Society of West Paris.

She worked at Maine Dowel and the Bass Shoe Co. While working at Bass, she attended night school and graduated from Una’s Beauty School in Skowhegan and later opened the Fashion Beauty Salon in Farmington. She furthered her training by attending and graduating from the Ritz Hairstyling in New York, and Leon Amandello’s Hairstyling Design in Toronto, Canada.

After retiring from hairdressing, she moved to Greene to become a special caretaker for several years, before moving to Millinocket to live with her daughter. She was very proud of her family’s Finnish heritage. Her headstone is a piece of the granite front step from the old family homestead in Vienna.

She enjoyed reading, playing cribbage and was a Boston Red Sox fan. She also loved the ocean, the sun and going to the beach. Her family will always cherish the memories of these summer times.

Surviving are daughters, Sherry Walker and son-in-law, Wayne Walker of Farmington and Bettey Oliver and friend, Vernon Jordan of Millinocket; son, Scott Hemingway and his wife, Alice Hemingway, of Biddeford; grandchildren, Dean Walker, Janis Walker, John Sincyr, Troy Sincyr, Michele Grass, Kallee Frigon and Jamey Hemingway; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Campbell, Jenna Campbell, Alisha Gee, Jessica Bougie, Chelsea Sincyr, Audrey Grass, Emily Grass, Monica Grass and Marley Frigon; two sisters-in-law; a nephew; two nieces; and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; four brothers, Ansel, Knute (Minion), Harold and Rev. Elmer Kilponen; and two nieces.

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