Katherine (Kay) Myra Verrill, 91, passed away September 8, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport, following a stroke.
Although not a Canadian citizen, she was born November 10, 1927 at St. Stephen Hospital in New Brunswick, across the river from her parents’ home in Calais. She was the 4th of 5 children born to Wilfred and Katherine Mullen. They moved to Rockland and lived there until her senior year of high school when the family moved to Oswego, New York, where she graduated high school. The family later moved back to Rockland where her father owned and operated the Self-Service Shoe Store on Main Street.
She met her future husband, Fred Verrill, when showing him an apartment in her aunt's house on Talbot Avenue. They were married on June 12, 1954. Together they had two children, Teresa and Philip. They bought a house at 50 Masonic Street in Rockland in 1961, where they lived out the rest of their lives.
Kay was a housewife until the children were in Junior High and then became the secretary for St. Bernard's Parish in Rockland. Apart from family, Kay devoted much of her life to the church, where she was involved in many activities, including the annual Christmas Bazaar, and was a member of the Daughters of St. Bernard. She also served several years as a Brownie troop leader.
She also greatly enjoyed baby-sitting for dear family friends, Sam Clement, Matt Clement, Sophia Buckley-Clement, Lilianna Clement, and Joon Clement, all of whom thought of her as Nana.
Kay was predeceased by her husband Fred in 2017; brother John in 1991; brother Jimmy in 2001; sister Geraldine in 2003; and sister Jane in 2013. She is survived by daughter Teresa; son Philip and his wife Margaret, all of Rockland; grandson Ryan and his wife Torry of Warren; grandson Mike and his partner Nicole of Westbrook; great-grandchildren Colby, Wyeth, Sada-Lynn, and Baines; nephew John Chester, nephew Mike Chester and his wife Kara and their children, Zachary and Meghan; niece Jeannette Fusaro, her husband John, and their children Jacob, Joseph, and Julia; niece Susan Chester and partner Javier Campos; nephew Bill Strachan and niece Cathy Strachan.
A funeral service will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Rockland on Saturday, September 21st at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Vaillancourt will officiate. There will be a reception to follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, c/o St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union Street, Camden, Maine 04843.
To share a memory or condolence with Kay’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.
Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.