Ann Carsley Davis, 83
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BRIDGTON -- Ann Carsley Davis, 83, a lifelong resident of Harrison, died at the Bridgton Health and Residence Center on July 20, 2014, surrounded by the love of her family and friends dating back too her childhood, following a long illness.
Born on May 15, 1931, Ann was the sixth generation of the Carsley family (founders of the town of Harrison) to be born on Maple Ridge. Ann graduated from elementary school at the one- room schoolhouse on Maple Ridge, and then from Bridgton High School, where she majored in secretarial studies.
In June 1951, Ann married insurance agent (and WWII U.S. Navy veteran), Earl Davis Jr. Following their wedding, Ann and 'Junior' moved to Harrison village, settling at the 19th-century Wheeler House at 13 Front St. on Long Lake.
For most of the next half-century, Ann and Junior resided there, making memories and raising their three children. While Junior rose to become head of the agency, Ann became a homemaker and volunteer for the community and her children's schools and activities. When Junior was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in the early 1980s, Ann became his caregiver until his death in 1990.
In 1999, Ann moved to a new modular home on Dawes Hill. That same year, Ann was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In the end, though, she became a cancer survivor, and she lived to see her three beloved grandsons grow into young men.
Ann's survivors include children Keith Davis (Linda) from Sylmar, Calif., Andrea Mattson (Paul) from Harrison, and Christopher Davis (Traci) from Ocoee, Fla. Her grandchildren are Nathan Davis (Meghan) of Auburn, Jonathan Mattson of Harrison, and Seth Mattson of Oxford. Ann's sister, Marcia Carsley Munn (Ed) lives in San Diego, Calif., and their brother, Earlon William 'Bill' Carsley (Razel) lives in South Paris.
Ann's memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the United Parish Congregational Church, 77 Main St., Harrison. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services. Please visit advantageportland.com to leave condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to:
The Harrison Historical Society
P.O. Box 294
Harrison, Maine 04040
Ann Carsley Davis
Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services
999 Forest Avenue, Suite 1
Portland, ME 04103
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 25, 2014