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Eva Marie (Eaton) Osier

October 22, 1923 ~ February 7, 2018 (age 94)

Eva Marie Eaton Osier was born at Deer Isle, Maine on October 22, 1923, the third and youngest child of Peter Minot Eaton and Eva Mae Cole Eaton. She attended one-room elementary schools, and graduated from McKinley High School in 1941.

“Marie,” as she was called prior to her mother Eva Mae’s death, attended Castine Normal School during its final year of operation, when it shared its campus with the Maine Maritime Academy. She graduated from Gorham State Teachers College in 1941 with a 3-year certificate, and returned to complete a B.S. in education in 1951. She subsequently served as teaching principal at Castine’s Adams School for a year, and then taught in Gardiner schools until her retirement in 1979. She earned both an M.S. in Education and a C.A.S. in Remedial Reading from the University of Maine, attending classes through many evenings and summer sessions.

During her long retirement, she began to go by “Eva” and enjoyed having time to learn the lore of wild vegetables and herbs. She loved to walk (especially on the Kennebec River Rail Trail), and served in a number of leadership positions at her beloved Cox Memorial United Methodist Church. She managed to go on reading prodigiously even after she could no longer drive or use a computer due to failing eyesight.

Eva married the love of her life, James E. Osier, in 1962. They divorced and remarried each other more than once, and always remained friends. In 2001 she bade him good-bye with a promise to see him again one day in heaven.

Eva was predeceased by her parents; by her brother, Cecil Eaton, and sister, Eleanor Eaton Thompson; her stepson, James W. Osier; and special friend Alton Bridges. She is survived and will be sadly missed by her daughter, Nina Osier of Augusta; her stepchildren, Elaine Crockett and husband Leslie of Pittston; Leona Fisher of Meredith, NH; Leo Osier and wife Nancy of Meredith, NH; and many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her grateful students, and by her many friends. Her family thanks Arnold “Nick” Rogers for his friendship and support to Eva during her final months of life.

A memorial service will be held at Cox Memorial United Methodist Church, 29 Middle Street, Hallowell, Maine on Sunday, February 18 at 1 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, Maine. There will be no visiting hours.

Eva loved flowers, which will be welcome. She would also be pleased by contributions made in her memory to Cox Memorial United Methodist Church, or to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.

Donations may be made to:

Kennebec Valley Humane Society
10 Pet Haven Lane Augusta, ME 04330,

Cox Memorial United Methodist Church
29 Middle Street, Hallowell ME 04347

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