Obituary: Claire W. Flagg – Lewiston Sun Journal

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Claire W. Flagg

FARMINGDALE – Claire W. Flagg, 90, of Livermore Falls, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the Captain Lewis Residence in Farmingdale. She was born in Livermore, Maine on October 9, 1930, daughter of Earl J. and Helen (Norton) Wilkins.

Claire often spoke of fond memories of growing up in Livermore with her many siblings, especially ice skating on Thanksgiving, trips to visit relatives that took almost an entire day (which today wouldn’t take ‘hui only a few minutes) and always cool orange in their Christmas stockings.

She graduated from Livermore Falls High School in the class of 1949, marrying Earle Flagg on October 23 of the same year. They settled in Fayette where they raised their children and were active members of the community. Claire has held a variety of jobs over the years and has made a career as a bank teller with Livermore Falls Trust Company. Retired, she and Earle spent many winters in Florida and fulfilled their dream of taking a cross-country trip.

Claire was a dedicated member of Fayette Baptist Church, and in addition to their faith there were many related activities: Strawberry Festival, Old Home Sunday, the Ladies Aide Society, Women of Worship, and so many bean dinners! Claire enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, sheet metal painting, playing cards, seasonal decorating and entertainment, camping with her retired girlfriends, and dancing with Earle. She and Earle were such a close couple that they even broke their legs once on the same snowy March day! She was always immaculately dressed and mastered the art of getting in the car and buckling her seat belt, being careful not to get her wet nail polish dirty! She has touched and leaves behind so many friends – old and new, relatives – near and far, as well as her family.

She is survived by her children, Lucy Vogel and her husband Michael of Mill Valley, California, Forrest Flagg and his wife Diane de Fayette, Rhonda Bryant and her husband Nils de Fayette, and Cherrie Hight and her partner Dusty Thiboutot of Fairfield: her grandchildren, James (Sarah) Flagg, Keith (Chelsea) Flagg, Elliott and Noel Vogel, Ansel and Isabelle Bryant; his great-grandchildren, Darren, Colby and Mark Flagg; her sisters, Vivian Fuller and Marcia (Ed) Hamblin, her brothers, Hersey (Jeannine) Wilkins and Alton (Cynthia) Wilkins, and her sister-in-law Arlene Wilkins. She was predeceased by her husband Earle on December 24, 1999, her sister Beryl Griffin and her brothers, Bernal, Thurlow, Orman, Merton and Colby Wilkins. A message of condolence can be sent to the family at http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, at the Fayette Baptist Church, 39 Baldwin Hill Road, Fayette, Maine. Arrangements by FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. Interment in Fellows Cemetery, East Road, Fayette, Maine.


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