SCARBOROUGH — Lucille Desmond Hartwell, 91, of Gray, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 4, at Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough.

She was born in Mount Chase and grew up in Patten. Lucille then moved to Hartford, Conn., working like many young women during the war. She met Leo Hartwell there. They married and enjoyed 56 years together, until his passing in 1999.

After their marriage, they opened a store in Benedicta and a few years later, moved to Gray and opened the Hartwell Superette. Many years after, they sold the store but continued working, employed by Cook’s Country Store in Gray.

Lucille volunteered as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, a member of the Gray Youth Club and enjoyed the many baseball and softball games she attended, watching her son, daughter and friends.

Lucille enjoyed travel time with her family. She and Leo attended dances at the American Legion hall, and traveled together on many trips to visit friends and see other parts of the United States. After Leo’s death, Lucille and her sister, Erleen, flew to Hawaii, which she thoroughly enjoyed. In her spare time, she loved to crochet, read and fill out crossword puzzle books.

Lucille is survived by her son, Larry and wife, Sherri Hartwell, of Scarborough; daughter, Lynn and husband, Brian Thompson, of Gray; and nieces, Christy and husband, Steven Crouse, of Patten and Stacy and husband, Brent Carter, of Punta Gorda, Fla. Her grandchildren include Brandon and Andria Hartwell of Bath, Devan and Ben McKay of Auburn, Amy and Jeremy Wyman of Woolich, Tracy and Jordan Silverstein of Cape Coral, Fla., Jennifer and Christopher Varney of Poland and Julie Jermann of Scarborough. Her nine great-grandchildren include Layne, Haylee and Xander Thompson, Ian and Aleeya McKay, Kaleb and Sydnee Wyman and Joshua and Emily Varney.

Lucille was predeceased by her husband, Leo; her mother and father, Emma and Guy Desmond; sister, Erleen; brother-in-law, Norman Bishop; and grandson, Brock B. Thompson.

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