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GUILFORD, Marion Ella (Nana) Patterson, 70, died March 6, 2001 at the home of her companion, Albert Lockwood in Parkman after a brave battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 13, 1931 in Guilford, daughter of Berlin and Velma (Priest) Trafton. She attended Guilford schools and earned her GED later in life. She also completed a nurse's aide course and became a Certified Nurses Aide. Marion worked at the former Snow Flake Freezing Plant in Corinna and the Maine Leathers Tannery in Dover-Foxcroft until it closed. She also worked several years at Dexter Shoe in Dexter and in more recent years worked for 18 years as an outreach worker for the Eastern Agency on Aging until her retirement. She was genuinely interested in community and veterans affairs. She served on the Project Maine Street '90 Committee as chair of the Veterans Honor Roll Project to see the honor roll placed in Bank Square. And, in 1998, she worked with a committee to repair and update the honor roll. She had received trophies annually for the past five years for participation in the VJ Parade in Moosup, CT. honoring the U.S. Military victory in Japan during World War II to honor the memory of her brother, Wilbur Trafton, who was killed in action at Iwo Jima. She also participated in the annual Memorial Day parade locally every year. A former member of the VFW Auxiliary in Dover-Foxcroft and the Guilford Evening Extension, she was a very active member of the Conner- Trafton Post 29, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Guilford for 29 years having served as President three different times and was currently Secretary. She joined the Guilford Historical Society soon after it was organized nearly 17 years ago and had served as Secretary before becoming President in 1997, an office she held at the time of her death.

Besides her brother, Wilbur, she was predeceased by three other brothers, Bernard, Claire, and Carroll Trafton; her husband, Basil Patterson in 1975; and her daughter, Doria Thornley, in 1993. She leaves her companion, Albert Lockwood of Parkman; a son, Robert Trafton of Dover-Foxcroft; a son-in-law, James Rathburn of Guilford; a brother, Berlin Trafton of Guilford; a sister, Mildred Dumphey of Mexico; four grandchildren, James Rathburn and Jarret Rathburn both of Ohio, Jay Rathburn of Lebanon and Jeana O'Malley of Portland; six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Friday, March 9, 2001, from 2 to 5 PM at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 21 Oak St., Guilford. Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery in Abbot. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Guilford Historical Society, P.O. Box 893, Guilford, ME 04443.

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