Clara Hersey Damon
1904 – 2009
AUBURN — Clara Hersey Damon of Auburn, died on Friday, Aug. 14, in Auburn.

She was born in Pembroke, Jan. 8, 1904, the daughter of Henry D. and Jennie Mae (Lowe) Hersey. Her family moved to Charlotte in 1908 when she was four years old. Her elementary school education was received in the Gardner School in Charlotte and she graduated from Pembroke High School, Class of 1921. Attending summer sessions at Washington State Normal School, now the University of Maine at Machias, she earned her teaching certificate and taught schools in Cooper, Robbinston, Edmunds, Pembroke and Charlotte.
In June 1925, she was united in marriage to Paul H. Damon of Charlotte. To them were born three children, Lois E., Robert V., and Gerald H. In 1939, she received her appointment as rural mail carrier in the Charlotte-Pembroke area and retired from the position after 26 years in the Postal Service.
She and her husband, Paul, were active members of the Grange in Charlotte. She had served in the offices of secretary, lecturer and also as Ceres when Paul was master. In later years, her membership was transferred to Cathance Grange in Cooper, and she was also a member of Washington County Pomona Grange and Maine State Grange.
As a person interested in history and genealogy, she held membership in the Charlotte Historical Society and the Pembroke Historical Society. She was a member of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. This year, she was included with a group of Maine citizens who were given special recognition at Augusta, for their lifetime of professional service to society.
Her favorite pastimes were reading, working cross-word puzzles, crocheting, and participating in quiz games and tests. She also enjoyed Maine harness racing. She had special talent in writing and poetry. In the 1945 issue of “Who’s Who In Poetry in America,” she was one of the recipients of recognition.
Surviving are her son, Robert, and his wife, Shirley, of Auburn; a sister, Bernice W. Pierce of Bar Harbor; two stepgrandsons, Dana and his daughter, Katherine and Henry, and his wife, Linda, and their three sons, Thomas, Daniel and James; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father before her first birthday; her mother; her husband, Paul; infant children, Lois and Gerald; six sisters; and four brothers.
Special appreciation from Clara’s family is extended to Dr. Kurt Oswald and the staff of The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Home of Maine for their care and assistance during Clara’s long residency there.

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