2017-06-23 / Obituaries

Glenys Pooler Lovett

The Honorable Glenys Pooler Lovett, 81, of South China and Sarasota, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Augusta on July 19, 1935, the only daughter of Donald and Ida (Melrose) Pooler. She grew up and received her formal education in Augusta, graduating from Cony High School in 1953 where she was an outstanding majorette for many years, even giving lessons.

Shortly after completing her education, she married Lieutenant Walter B. Lovett Jr. of the United States Army on March 12, 1955, and accompanied him to Germany, where they spent 18 months in Heidelberg. Her oldest daughter, Karen, was born in 1956 while they were there.

Politics was her calling. From working on U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s campaigns in the ‘60s to becoming a Maine State Legislator herself in the ‘90s, she was a true blue dedicated Republican through and through.

A member of the Augusta school board from 1964 to 1968, Glenys was a member of the mayor’s school survey committee and school construction committee. She was also involved in the Maine Mother of the Year project, where she traveled to New York City with the Maine winner to join the other state winners at the Waldorf Astoria for a big celebration.

As a member of the Maine Highway Safety Commission for two decades (1972-1992), she became an early advocate for child seat safety restraints. During the same period, she represented the State of Maine on the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders (NAWHSL).

Elected to the Maine State Legislature in 1994 from Scarborough (District 21), she served four consecutive terms as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. She was a steadfast believer in doing her constituent work for the people that elected her.

The Stop the Turnpike movement was just one of her many encounters with the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) because of the effect it would have on the town of Scarborough.

Besides keeping a weather eye on the MTA, she also was working tirelessly to ban MTBE, an additive to gasoline, which was claimed to be contaminating the drinking water supply of many Maine homes.

During the ‘90s, she was an active member of the West Scarborough United Methodist Church, serving on a variety of committees. It was during this period that she also helped to raise two of her grandchildren, Michelle and Stephen, alongside their mother, Brenda.

In 2004, Glenys received an award from the Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for her outstanding service and dedication to the principles for which the organization promotes and that is the health and welfare of Maine Senior Citizens.

She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her camp on China Lake and her winter home in Sarasota, where she spent 15 winters following her retirement from the Maine State Legislature in 2004. She was a member of the Florida Maine Club during this period.

She was predeceased by her father and mother and brother Arnold, along with three grandchildren, Nicholas Grant, of Hallowell, Brian and Stephanie Franklin, of Scarborough.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Walter; her three children, Karen Briggs of South Portland, Joni-Lyn Lovett of Farmingdale, and Brenda Franklin and her husband Alan of Scarborough; seven grandchildren, James Briggs and his wife Natalie of Warners, New York, Mathew and Joshua Grant of Hallowell, Andrew Briggs and his wife Sarai of South Portland, Michelle Mulcahey and her husband Patrick of Scarborough, and Stephen Sebestyen of Scarborough; nine great-grandchildren, Addison and Hunter Briggs of Warners, New York, Gabriel Grant of Readfield, Porter Briggs of South Portland, Stephen Jr. and Scott Sebestyen of Scarborough, and Kaylee, Lydia, and Nora Mulcahey of Scarborough.

The family would like to thank the people of Beacon Hospice of Augusta, and Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, for their compassionate services during her time of illness.

A celebration of Glenys’ life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., Scarborough, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the West Scarborough United Methodist Church c/o William Dean, Treasurer, P.O. Box 2035, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, One Church St., Augusta where condolences, memories, photos and videos may be shared with the family at www.khrfuneralhomes.com

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