CANTON – Priscilla Rawstron, 92, of Auburn, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Pinnacle Health and Rehab in Canton, where she had resided for the past year.

She was born at Auburn Private Hospital in Auburn on June 4, 1926, to Hazel Arris Rawstron and Albert Victor Rawstron.

She attended Auburn schools and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1944. She was a telephone operator for New England Telephone Company and AT&T Communications for over 40 years, retiring from AT&T in 1986. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital doing testing for Lifeline Systems, makers of the push-button-activated emergency alarm system, designed for seniors living alone.

She was an avid lover of all animals and was a member of Androscoggin Humane Society. She was also a member of Horizons 55, as well as a supporter of numerous charities.

She very much enjoyed reading every day, classical music, flower arranging, and travel. From 1951 on, she made many vacation trips to Florida, Canada, and the Caribbean, and she particularly enjoyed spending time in England and France, traveling by car and seeing the beautiful countryside and villages. Throughout her lifetime from the age of one month, she also had many happy times at the family camp on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

Survivors include nieces, Melanie Wilding and husband, Ben of Jeffersonville, Ind., Toniann Forfar and husband, Bob of Mission Viejo, Calif., Susan Everett of Rumford, and Katherine Everett of Rumford, nephews, Michael Wilding and companion, Sandra Harkins of Durham, Peter Everett of Rumford, and David Everett and wife, Jennifer of Barrington, N.H., and their two daughters, Bailey and Charley; great-niece, Samantha Leet of Lisbon, great-nephew, Andrew Wilding and wife, Marlene of Wales; sister-in-law, Carolyn Rawstron of Mission Viejo, Calif.; cousin, Loann A. Robinson of Layton, Utah; and several great-grandnieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Victor H. Rawstron, her two sisters, Virginia R. Wilding and Joan R. Everett, two brothers-in-law, Arthur M. Wilding and Charles R. Everett; cousin, John Hodge and wife, Margaret; and close friend of many years, Richard R. Lussier.

At the request of Ms. Rawstron, there will be no visiting hours. Burial and brief private graveside service will be held at Pine Street Cemetery in the spring, at the convenience of the family.

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In lieu of flowers, if desired, please send donations to

Greater Androscoggin

Humane Society,

55 Strawberry Ave.,

Lewiston, Maine 04240

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