NORWAY – Lois E. LaBay, 62, of Harrison, died Sunday, March 15, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

She was born in South Weymouth, Mass., on Oct. 15, 1946, the daughter of Daniel and Hazel Lowell Halligan. She went to elementary school at Pond School Elementary, and attended Sacred Heart High School. She then went on to attend Bridgewater State College to become a teacher, following the footsteps of her Aunt Mamie. The funny tidbit about her college is that it was located on the same street she lived on, 20 miles down the road – not one to venture out very far – that is until she up and moved to Maine.

She had been a teacher for 38 years, three years in Massachusetts, and 35 years in Maine. She taught at the Fox school and the Harrison school before her retirement in 2006. She continued to teach as an ongoing substitute; she loved teaching, remembering her students for many years after – charting their progress as they grew up.

She married Charles LaBay on June 26, 1971. She loved traveling and all the fun memories she shared with her family. She liked comfortable LL Bean clothes, jeans, sweatshirts and sensible shoes, “old lady, school teacher shoes.” She enjoyed reading and shopping, especially going to the Christmas Tree Shop, always picking up gifts for friends and family she knew they couldn’t live without.

Gifts from her, often from local craft fairs, always brought a smile and a laugh. She loved to go to the Big E in Massachusetts every year, the Buckfield Theater, the Portland Symphony and OOMPAH. She was a supporter of her community and local merchants. She loved her home on Island Pond and spending time with her friends and family.

She loved animals and rescued several, including her cats, Freeto and Bronson. She referred to everyone as “my friend.” Trish’s friends were her adopted sons and daughters.

She is survived by her husband of Harrison; her daughter and best friend, Trish, of Harrison; several cousins; numerous nieces and nephews; and her cats, Freeto and Bronson.

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