Alys G. Parsons
Alys G. Parsons, 98, of Andover, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at the Rumford Hospital, Rumford, Maine.
Alys was a Wilderness woman and a true champion of the Maine Wilderness and avid friend of the Richardson Lake environment. She was the oldest resident of Andover, Maine and had been offered the Boston Post Cane.
She was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 16, 1912 and was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Caverly) Grua. She graduated from Cony High School in Augusta Class 1933. Alys had not only lived most of her life in the backwoods, but her career had centered around bringing a wilderness experience to others.
Alys and her husband, Larry, owned and operated Lakewood Camps, one of the oldest sporting camps in the United States, from 1942 to 1976 and had still spent her summers there at Middle Dam, tucked away in a cozy corner of Lower Richardson Lake, in the Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine until September of 1999 after more than 57 years.
In the early years at Lakewood Camps, Alys was a registered guide, hostess, chief cook and bottle washer, and Postmaster, however, her marriage to Capt. Larry Parsons forced the closure at the picturesque summer Post Office at Middle Dam because a married woman was not allowed by the U.S. Postal Service to serve as Postmaster.
She was a member of Chi Omega Society, had served as treasurer and trustee of the Andover Public Library for many years. She was a personal friend of writer Louise Dickinson Rich who she had talked with on the phone on a daily basis.
She was married in Livermore Falls, Maine Feb. 27, 1937 to Laurence H. “Larry” Parsons, who died in Andover, Maine on Nov. 1, 1980.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth Pelletier of Utica, N.Y.; niece, Christa Parry and husband William of Clark Summit, Penn.; one grand niece and one grand nephew; and her good friends, Ted Orino of Rumford and Betsy White of Andover and their families.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Route 5, Andover, with The Rev. Jane Rich officiating. At her request, please omit flowers and those who desire may contribute to the Andover Public Library, Church Street, Andover, Maine 04216 in her memory. Friends are invited to sign the guest book and share memories online at www.meaderandson.com.