Beverly D. Luke

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Beverly D. Luke, 85
GORHAM - Beverly D. Luke, 85, of Gorham, died on Sept. 11, 2018. Born in Millinocket, Maine in 1933, Beverly was the seventh of 13 children.
In my heart, I keep my mother. If you look, you will see her sweetness, selflessness, wit and an iron will. She was everything a good mother should be, and I am lucky she was mine.
Being the middle of 13 children when times were tough, you would think her memories would be of what they didn't have. You would be wrong.
Her childhood stories of hopping trains, outrunning hobos, the old German, getting duct taped as medical care, never having leftovers, birthday cakes made of molasses without the frosting they couldn't afford, watching chickens become dinner, were all told with laughter from start to finish. She said she never realized they were poor because she never measured it with money, but with love. The Angotti family has always been rich with love.
My mother brought love and a positive spirit when she married my father at 17. She went on to have four children, with me being the baby. If you look at family photos, there are hundreds of the firstborn boy and girl and a few less of my younger brother. I think I have found two baby pictures of me. I guess when you get up to your armpits in kids, taking pictures isn't a priority. Although my childhood wasn't documented like my siblings, I never felt anything but loved.
She gave every one of us everything she had. Who could ask for more? She was generous with advice, whether you asked for it or not, and she wasn't afraid to tell you what you didn't want to hear. She was interested in making us the best that we could be. She was an excellent nurse when I was sick. I never lacked for a bucket by my bed, ginger ale, a cool cloth on my forehead and cartoons on the only TV we owned.
When I think of the word nurturing, her hand on my forehead checking my temperature always comes to mind. I can still feel it if I sit still and think. In fact, I can smell the fresh bread baking, hear her humming a song and the squeaky pinch of the clothesline as she hung out the laundry.
I thought I knew all about my mother, having studied her all my life as daughters tend to do, but I was wrong. As I have watched these last years of her life as dementia stole her memories and mixed up her words, she showed me what was at her core.
She forgot all my bad habits and I was elevated to sainthood. She bragged that she never heard me swear. Some could say that was the dementia, but I think not. What was revealed was her ability to see only the best in each of us. She threw away all the stuff that didn't matter and filtered everything with what her soul had been created with: Love. Her soul just got a head start on the rest of us, as we all could use a housecleaning like that.
I love you mom for planting that seed of love inside me.
I will carry you with me always.
Beverly devoted her life to her husband, Francis, who predeceased her in 1994. She is survived by her son, Gary Luke and wife, Candace, of Fort Myers, Fla.; daughter, Katherine and husband, John Jenkins, of Windham; son, Dana Luke and wife, Julie, of Westbrook; and daughter, Diana Jensen and husband, David, of Gorham.
She will be missed by her grandchildren: Angela Richter of North Yarmouth, Carrie Ann Luke of Falmouth, Tracy Luke of Florida, Anthony Jensen of Worcester, Mass., Nathan Jensen of Gorham, Spencer Luke of Brunswick, and Mathew Luke of Westbrook; great-grandchildren, Harper and Avery Luke of Brunswick,
and Mia Richter of North Yarmouth.
She is survived by her brothers: Frank Angotti and wife, Anita, Bernard Angotti and wife, Brenda, Robert Angotti and wife, Linda; and sister, Jean Macri and husband, Dominic. Many nieces and nephews will also remember her fondly.
Beverly was predeceased by brothers, John Angotti and wife, Dola, Randolph Angotti and wife, Dorothy, Richard Angotti, Wilbert Angotti; and sisters, Geraldine Angotti, Rita McMahon and husband, Francis, Marie Corinne Johnson and husband, Leslie, JoAnne Hetherington; and sister-in-law, Barbara Angotti; and sister, Brenda Brunette.
Beverly will be remembered with a small private service at Woodlawn and will rest in peace with her husband. Services are under the care of the Windham Chapel of Dolby, Blais & Segee.
Please visit www.dolbyblaissegee.com to view Beverly's tribute page and to sign her online guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beverly's memory to:
The Gosnell Memorial
Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074,
for their wonderfully
compassionate care of Beverly.










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Dolby, Blais & Segee - Windham Chapel
434 River Road
Windham, ME 04062
(207) 892-6342
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 16, 2018
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