OBITUARY

Mary Clara Withee

March 13, 1929February 17, 2021

SKOWHEGAN- Mary Clara (Poirier) Withee 91, lost her battle with cancer and renal failure on February 17, 2021.

She was born in Skowhegan on March 13, 1929, the daughter of Vitaline (Johnson) and Frank J. Poirier Sr.

She married Arthur Withee of Pittsfield, Maine on November 28, 1953.

They moved to Connecticut and lived there for several years until Arthur’s death in 1988. In the early 90’s, “Clara” as she was called, moved back to Maine.

She worked at the local spinning mill here in Skowhegan for a number of years, and then, when in Connecticut worked at the Hill Tool Co. in Waterbury, Ct. and at Uniroyal in manufacturing.

One of her favorite pastimes was playing cards with her siblings and Scrabble with whoever wanted a game! She was great at it. Clara loved music and enjoyed accompanying her nephew Mike and others (who brought the instruments) to local nursing homes for songs and cheer.

She was an active member of Christ the King parish in Skowhegan and of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by three siblings; her brother, Joe Louis Poirier and his wife Lee of Norridgewock, her sister, Theresa Irwin and her husband Larry of Skowhegan, and her sister, Esther Tracy of Skowhegan, many nieces and nephews. Clara had five children. Her son, Thomas lived three days only, died in 1969. Her son, James died in 1995. She is survived by her son, Peter Withee and his wife Rita, her son, John Withee

and his wife Dana, and her daughter Beverly Withee, also six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water St., Skowhegan on Tuesday February 23rd at 10:30 am. A committal service will be scheduled at Calvary Cemetery in Skowhegan in the spring.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at – www.smartandedwardsfh.com

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by three siblings; her brother, Joe Louis Poirier and his wife Lee of Norridgewock, her sister, Theresa Irwin and her husband Larry of Skowhegan, and her sister, Esther Tracy of Skowhegan, many nieces and nephews. Clara had five children. Her son, Thomas lived three days only, died in 1969. Her son, James died in 1995. She is survived by her son, Peter Withee and his wife Rita, her son, John Withee
    and his wife Dana, and her daughter Beverly Withee, also six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Memories

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Cynthia Rafuse

February 19, 2021

Oh my Dear Poirier & Withee relatives, I am saddened by our loss of a truly wonderful lady in my aunt Clara. I have many fond memories of her, most include singing and cards. Aunt Clara was a joy to be with. My sincere condolences for your mom and sister.
Love,
Cynthia and Jim Rafuse

Odette &Telex Johnson

February 19, 2021

We would like to express our condolences to the family of this nice lady,our cousin Clara.This pandemic is making it impossible for us from Canada to go share this moment with you.You will be in our mind and prayers.
Telex &Odette

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