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MILO - Beatrice "Betty" M. Lancaster, 75, wife of the late Willis S. Lancaster, Jr., died Feb. 1, 2002, at her home. She was born Oct. 26, 1926, in Milo, the daughter of Alfred George and Beatrice Marie (Stone) Gray. She lived most of her life on Albert Street, a home built with pride by her grandfather, Herbert Oliver Gray for his wife, Genevieve Electra (Coombs) Gray and his family. Affectionately known as Bampy and Bammy, they raised Betty from the age of three. She met and married the love of her life, Willis Stolton Lancaster Jr. on Jan. 6, 1946. She was a woman from a generation of women who devoted their entire lives to making a home for her husband and family. She prided herself on her neat, clean, dear home and being there for her family, keeping the home fires burning so Willis could serve his community and country. She enjoyed vacationing at Seawall in Acadia National Park and taking the bus on many vacation trips.

She is survived by three sons, Willis S. IV and his wife, Janice of Quitman, Ga., John A. and his wife, Donna of So. Portland, Vaughan O. and his wife, Susan of Milo; a daughter, Shannon Meister and her husband, John of Old Town; two brothers, Alfred Gray Jr. and Leo Gray, both of Milo; three sisters, Violet Brown of Steep Falls, Virginia Grant and Teresa Pearce, both of Brownville; 14 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, George Gray.

Friends are invited to share memories with Betty's family from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at her home at 7 Albert St. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Habitat to Humanity, 10 Broadway, Bangor 04401. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary funeral Home, Milo.

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