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Inez D. Buck

November 17, 1928November 7, 2021
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Inez Davis Buck 1928 - 2021

Auburn - Inez Davis Buck, age 92, of Auburn, died November 7, 2021 at Schooner Estates supported by her family after a short illness. She was born at her grandparent’s neighboring home November 17, 1928, the daughter of Wesley and Gladys Moore Davis of Danville Corner, Auburn. She was educated in Auburn schools and was a 1946 graduate of Edward Little High School. She was an active member of the reunion committee for her ELHS class and so enjoyed catching up with her classmates. Much of her career was spent in two prominent Lewiston businesses – Central Maine Medical Center and the Lewiston Sun-Journal. She started her career in the business office at CMMC and then purchasing department until her marriage to Roy C. Buck on June 30, 1951. Together they raised four children (Linda, Patricia, Robert and Richard). She enjoyed being a mother and wife and applied her talents as a seamstress starting with pajamas and coats for her children to prom dresses and culminating in daughter Patti’s wedding gown created from fabric made in Italy and purchased in the UK. She supported her children in their music lessons and athletic activities. An active volunteer, she was a member of Y-Wives, The Women’s Literary Society, Lewiston United Baptist Church and various church committees and fundraisers. She served on the board of the Auburn Home for Aged Women (now Chapman House). She and her husband were also lifelong cemetery committee members for both the Pine Street cemetery, Auburn and the Strickland cemetery, Strickland. Through her husband's role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for New England College, they traveled several times in the 1970s to the Arundel, England campus of the Henniker, NH college. She worked for the Lewiston Sun-Journal Accounts Payable department from 1969 until her retirement in 1994. While there, she developed many lifelong friendships with co-workers. Ready for a new career after retiring, she attended Downeast School of Massage, graduated, and attained national certification. She returned to CMMC to teach infant massage. She later transitioned to both the Wellness Center and the Dempsey Center providing massage services for 22 years. Being connected to the hospital over her lifetime brought her lots of joy, friendships and satisfaction that she was helping others through her therapeutic work. Inez was a very outgoing person. Her favorite activities were meeting new people, traveling, learning new things, visiting with family and going out for lobster. A true Mainer, she loved going to the Maine coast and spent many years vacationing in Harpswell with her family. She took special delight in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, finding meaningful ways to connect with each of them including celebrating birthdays and holidays, attending musical and sporting events. Cooking and healthy living remained a constant over her lifetime. She enjoyed expanding her knowledge through online research and reading books. She continued her massage practice until she was 91 when the Covid pandemic halted personal interactions. As the last remaining member of her siblings, she remained a loving connection for many of her nieces and nephews, as well as an excellent source of historical information. She will be dearly missed by her family, cherished friends and the many people in the community who knew her. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Linda (Charles) Houff of Troy, MI, Patricia (Patrick) DeFilipp of Auburn, son, Nicholas (Kristyn) DeFilipp and children Charles and Frederick of Melrose, MA, and daughter, Anna (Abraham) Dugal and son, Everett of Camden, ME, Robert (Amy) Buck of Danville, NH, and children Amanda, Manchester, NH and Ryan of Brookline, MA, Richard (Johanna) Buck of Milford, MA and children Stephen of Brooklyn, NY and Rachel of Milford, MA. She is also survived by her brother Fred’s wife, Elizabeth Davis. Inez was predeceased by her husband, Roy, and by all her siblings and their spouses including: Owen (Christine) Davis, Auburn, Clyde (Virginia) Davis, Norway, Kenneth (Ruth) Davis, Auburn, Myrtle Davis (William) Grady, Rochester, NY, Fred Davis, Auburn. Online condolences may be shared at www.thefortingrouopauburn.com Visiting hours: 9-11 AM The Fortin Group Auburn. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021 Service to follow at 11 AM. Committal to follow at 12 PM at Pine Street cemetery, Auburn.

In lieu flowers, those wishing to make a donation in her name may do so to:

New England College Office of Advancement 98 Bridge Street Henniker, NH 03242

The First Universalist Church 169 Pleasant Street Auburn, ME 04210

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Committal

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Sharon Kincaid

November 16, 2021

To my cousins,
The pictures posted on the website have brought back so many memories; trips to Maine, Fourth of July celebrations, weddings, and her visits to New York. After losing my mother 45 years ago she filled my heart with love and laughter. I know my heart isn’t the only one breaking.
She gave the BEST hugs, and her touch was healing. She cared for your father with unwavering love and I remember seeing her take uncle Roy’s hand and get him dancing in the kitchen near the end of his life. Always a source of light and joy.
There will never be another one like you are incredible mother. She is in the company of angels.
With my love always, Sharon

Barbara Grady

November 16, 2021

I had the pleasure and gift of getting to know Aunt Inie, starting in 1970 when her nephew Tim, my husband, and our infant son Sean, visited Maine. Each time I saw her in the ensuing years, I was warmly greeted with hugs and much love. I was always amazed at her quick mind that learned new things with relish and shared them with me and my family. Many cherished memories of this wonderful woman are nestled in my heart forever. I love thinking that she is now reunited with those who loved her, especially Tim.

Laura Rebot

November 16, 2021

Aunt Inez was a beautiful loving caring person. She was married to our mom's (Beryl) brother Roy!
One memory I have was when our brother Nathan, friends Chuck, Sarah and myself drove up to Maine. Our dad, Gilbert, made a sign for the back of the car, Maine or Bust. We took 2 days to drive to Auburn. Aunt Inez and Uncle Roy just moved into their new home. Their home was not sold yet. They let us stay there for as long as we neeeded to. They also supplied 10lbs of hamburger for us to use. That was so nice of them. We all had a great time and had wonderful memories in Maine.
The last time we saw her was when we brought our mom back home to Maine, where she is laid to rest near the Burgess farm.
We love and miss you. Our love and prayers go out to all of our cousins and their families!
God Bless!
From
Laura and the entire Schur Family

Linda Leiva

November 15, 2021

Dear Patti and family,

We are so sorry for your loss of your sweet mother. I so recall traveling with you to our Master's class and how we shared talk and enjoyed each other that semester....and we were colleagues at Fairview and as team leaders. You have always been a gem, in my estimation.

Your mom was a member at my childhood church, United Baptist in Lewiston (now sadly, a parking lot...but it was a grand display of English Gothic architecture and a great place in my childhood. Indeed it provided me a foundation on which my faith was built...John 3:16...Mother's Day memory verse!).

Joe recalls your mom as a true spitfire at the SunJournal and he thought a lot of her.

Please know we grieve with you and I would be at the funeral were it not for my eye surgery the same day.

All my care, prayers and love. Linda Leiva

Jill Bruce

November 14, 2021

It was 2009 and I was being treated for an aggressive cancer. The chemo, radiation and drugs were taking a toll. I was at my lowest point when I was introduced to the services offered at the Dempsey Center.

Enter Inez. She was the massage therapist who saw me. Without the least hesitation, she started in, knowing instinctively which parts of the body would benefit from massage. I can't begin to describe how therapeutic the session was as she alternated between deep tissue massage and gentle touch. For me, she was heaven-sent and marked a turning point in the process of healing.

Ten years later I was fortunate to re-encounter Inez in a Tai Chi class. I'd never forgotten her and, after confirming that she was the same Inez, I was able to share what an impact she'd had on my life during my cancer treatment.. She played a pivotal role in my healing. She seemed so surprised that I remembered her from that one encounter, but she had made a lasting impression. We're often unaware of the effect we have on others, positive or negative. I'm glad I had the opportunity to let her know how much she mattered to someone she 'd met only once. I wasn't surprised to read that she provided infant massages and can only guess how therapeutic her touch was to the most vulnerable among us. She was a special and gifted person.

Terri Kelsea

November 13, 2021

I loved this lady like a mom. I've known her since I was a kid and we developed a very close friendship over the last 30 years. She asked me to be one of her "guinea pigs" while she was in massage therapy school, which meant a year of weekly massages for her to practice. I felt honored and soon found out that the benefits of massage for my back was amazing, just like she said it would be. How I loved our visits, our talks and her hugs. She genuinely cared about people. I loved her smile and positivity and her animation every time I saw her! She was a breath of fresh air, she always lifted my spirits. Thank you dear lady, for your love and friendship and for all you have given to everyone who knew you. I'm so sad, my heart is broken. Rest in peace and I know you are now again with your sweet Roy. Till we meet again, love you always.

Denise Chaput

November 13, 2021

Inez was one classy lady. She absolutely adored her husband and her children. Her grandchildren were a constant joy to her. Being a massage therapist is how we met and her ethics and professionalism was steadfast and true. She will be missed but I know that she and Roy are kicking it up on the dance floor.

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