1926 – 2014

SOUTH PARIS — Mione R. Record, 88, of Stearns Hill Road in South Paris, passed away at her home on Friday, May 2, after a brief hospitalization.

Our mother was born in South Paris on March 15, 1926, the daughter of Eugene and Rose Smith Robinson — the oldest of four children. She attended Hungry Hollow School and graduated from Paris High School in 1943.

On July 3, 1943, she married Carroll “Bud” Record at the Rev. Rensel Colby’s house, next to the Paris High School. Together, they built a home and raised seven children. Growing up, we heard stories about the many camping and fishing trips taken upcountry with her parents, sometimes crossing rough waters at night to get to the island.

Sunday was a family day and usually meant piling all of us into the car with a picnic basket, lots of Kool-Aid and no particular destination, as long as it was on back roads.

While raising all of us, Mom first assisted her mother with leadership of the Hungry Hollow Hie-Hoe 4-H Club, then continued as leader of it for many years thereafter. She made sure that all of her 4-H’ers were diligent with their projects, completing and going above and beyond all yearly requirements. Every member had to give a demonstration each year, competing against other 4-H’ers in Oxford County and she usually wrote the demonstrations.

For many years, Mom and Dad enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, going to bluegrass festivals and just riding through the countryside. Saturday night card playing brought family back for rousing games of “73,” a card game she learned from her parents and passed on to us and our children.

Mom loved to read and was well-known for her ability to spell correctly and do math in her head — quicker than you could do it on paper. She had a quick wit and a great sense of humor, which she used frequently.

She had a great love of local history and valued her extensive collection of old photos, including historical pictures of Snow Falls Village, back when there were several manufacturing plants before the fire destroyed them. She also spent years gathering and documenting a genealogical history of our ancestors, dating back to the Mayflower.

While she worked at various jobs over the years, Mom was proudest of her years at W.T. Grant’s and Woolworth’s, where she worked in the yard goods department. She loved to sew and wouldn’t hesitate to rip out and fix seams, zippers and frayed collars, as well as making quilts and gifts.

Survivors include seven children, Lloyd and his wife, Linda, of West Paris, Lorraine Hill of Rock Springs, Wyo., Sidney and partner, Francine, of South Paris, Loretta Greene and husband, Ted, of Sebago, Rosalyn Jennings and partner, Terry, of Rock Springs, Wyo., James of West Paris and Jean Federico and husband, Robert, of South Paris; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Robinson and wife, Polly, and Douglas Robinson, all of South Paris; a sister-in-law, Leona Record, of Oxford; a brother-in-law, Edwin Record, of South Paris; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll “Bud” Record; and daughter, Shirley.

Mom and Dad were lifelong friends with Ralph and Betty Merrill of South Paris. After Dad’s death, Ralph continued his weekly visits with Mom, which she always looked forward to. She also enjoyed visits with Veikko Piirainen, their longtime friend and next door neighbor.

While Mom had lost much of her memory to dementia, she lived at home surrounded by her books, pictures, family and friends. We especially appreciate the wonderful loving care given by her caregivers, Sarah, Darci, Tressey, Mariah and Sheryl, as well as Sidney, who stayed with her every night.

Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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