Remembering Mary Beth Bayerlein Rautio
To the Editor:
It is with great sympathy that we received the word of the passing of Mary Beth Bayerlein Rautio. Mary Beth fought a heroic battle with brain cancer and died at home in Nottingham, N.H., on Oct. 12, 2013. Friends from Bethel attended a memorial service on Oct. 15.
Mary Beth and her former husband, who passed away in 2000, arrived in Bethel in 1985 and operated the Cameron (her maiden name) House on Mason Street until she remarried and moved to Nottingham with her husband, Wayne Rautio, who survives her.
John and Mary Beth always found ways to make a difference in the lives of others in the community and were active in many endeavors. An example of their way of sharing was shown at Thanksgiving for at least a few years. John was an accountant at P.H. Chadbourne and Co., and when the company would present a turkey to the workers for Thanksgiving, they would give their turkey to Fred and Mina McMillan next door (Fred was actually retired from the company himself) and since they had no family here in Bethel, John and Mary Beth would volunteer at the soup kitchen in Lewiston for the day. This is just an example of the wonderful spirit of a great lady, and I could give you many more.
Mary Beth will be sadly missed by her two stepdaughters, her husband Wayne, her large family of five sisters and two brothers, and many dear friends. Bethel was blessed to have had her for 17 wonderful years.