By Sukie Rice
We need to mark the passing of three members of Durham Monthly Meeting.
It is with real sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen Babcock, who had been a member of Durham Friends Meeting for the greater part of her life. Eileen grew up in the meeting as a part of Sunday School, vacation Bible School and then, as an adult, leading Meeting youth in these same activities. She participated in most of the committees of the Meeting and was consistently committed to doing the best job she could for the Meeting and seeking God’s will. She will be especially remembered as a team leader for the Tedford Shelter meals, her contributions to the Meeting’s benefit dinners for the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre, and for always being there to lend a hand in whatever was needed. Eileen died of cancer at the age of 66 on March 20.
We also want to recognize the passing of Lavada Caton and Angelo Pane, both beloved members of the Meeting. Angelo, who for years fixed the leaky faucets, doors and windows, pounded hammers and tended lovingly to the meetinghouse, died in September in Florida with his family close by. Lavada passed away on April 9 in North Port, Florida where she lived with her husband, Don. Lavada was known for her kindness, generosity, strength of spirit, and real spunk. Durham Meeting wishes the God’s comfort and love for the Pane and Caton families. We have no doubt that Angelo is up there with his measuring tape and plans to build a new wing on the angel’s canteen where Lavada has everyone entranced by her sweetness and stories.
Don Caton, Lavada’s husband, can be reached approximately through July at: c/o Laurie Caton-Lemos, 770 Pinkham Brook Rd, Durham, ME 04222