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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541
Fax: 207-832-6346
Willa Vinal

Willa C. Vinal

Friday, March 20th, 1931 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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Obituary

Willa C. Boothby Peck Vinal, 89, died on March 29, 2020 at St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor. Willa was born on March 20, 1931, in Limington to Russell and Florence Macphail Boothby. Willa and her family moved to Nobleboro when she was young. She attended local schools and graduated from Lincoln Academy in the Class of 1949.

She met the love of her life, Lester Vinal, in her sophomore year at Lincoln Academy. They got married on September 24, 1949. Lester built their home in Nobleboro in his spare time, nights and weekends. Willa was a full time homemaker, and was also involved in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She took classes in cooking, canning, and sewing. She also took a leadership position as county president of the cooperative extension for many years. She was a long time contributor to the Lincoln County News sharing all the news from the town of Nobleboro.

Willa was very socially active in the community. She spear-headed a Health Clinic that would ensure children received proper vaccines and regular health check-ups. She was also a 4-H Leader. She attended the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro as a child and became a Baptized member at the age of 14. Willa served her church family as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School and Superintendent of both programs. She also served on the Diaconate Board, Pulpit Committee, and the Hospitality Committee. She also sang in the choir, and helped spear-heard an international exchange program through M.I.T. Her faith carried her through her whole life. She was a member of the Nobleboro Grange for over 50 years. She was a volunteer at the Nobleboro School.

Willa had a loving soul and enjoyed helping everyone near and far. Lester always helped Willa in her community work over the years. Willa made a difference in the lives she came in contact with. She will be remembered by all of her family and many friends for her tireless work in the community she called home.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister, Florrie, brother, John, husband Lester Vinal; daughters, Catherine (Kit) Ames and Margaret (Peggy) Grover, and a daughter-in-law Alice (Tally) Vinal.


She is survived by her children, Jeanne Gram and her husband Bruce of Orono, Larry Vinal and his wife Diane of Augusta, Carolyn (Cally) Bartholamae and her husband Greg of Jefferson, John Vinal and his wife Lena of Nobleboro, Christopher Vinal of Portland, and Heather Vinal of Dudley, MA. Adopted daughters Ramona Whitaker and her husband Kent of Nobleboro, and Lisa Steeves of Nobleboro. 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sons-in-law, Dale Ames of Ellsworth and Mark Grover of Freeport, Sister Dorothea Carlson and her husband Alan of Woodstock, GA, brother Adney Peck and his wife Iverne of Nobleboro, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as several close friends and church family.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Willa’s life and faith will be held at The First Baptist Church of Nobleboro, 8 Back Meadow Road, Nobleboro at a date and time to be announced. Burial will be at the Dunbar Cemetery in Nobleboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Willa’s memory may be made to The First Baptist Church of Nobleboro, P.O. Box 35, Nobleboro, ME 04555 or to the Tally Vinal Fund, c/o Lincoln County Health Development Office, 35 Miles Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
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    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Dunbar Cemetery
    Address
    East Neck Road
    NOBLEBORO, ME 04555
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sharon e abair

Posted at 10:18pm
My deepest condolences to Willa's family. Not sure I have ever known a more loving woman- always so happy to see a familiar face and share happenings. She lived a long life full of giving and loving. What a nice legacy! It's been a joy to know you Willa! Till we meet again....Sharon Abair

Joyce Showstead

Posted at 09:39am
To Jeanne, Larry, Cally, Johnny, Christopher and Heather sorry for your loss. It is sad that we have lost my mom, aunt june, aunty hilda and aunty willa within months of each other. but they are all in heaven sitting at your moms table just like they did when me and mom came up to visit. I can see them now talking about everything from the passed and talking about all their children , grandchildren and great grandchildren. we now have really great guardian angels watching over all of us. will keep you all in my prayers. God bless love from the showstead family
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Roberta (Bert) Ames

Posted at 10:50pm
To members of Vinal family - Thank you for sharing Willa with me for quite a few years. She was the most amazing woman I have known or will ever know. There are those who would have considered themselves disabled. Instead, Willa learned what she COULD do and was able to do whatever she wanted, mostly. She told me that one the things she regretted she couldn't do was "ice" skate' We enjoyed each other's company very much and within the last couple of years have talked each night at midnight to welcome the "new day". I will miss her terribly but know she's healthy and happy. She was looking forward to "walking" and seeing her beloved Lester.
Prayers for you all,
Bert Ames
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Stephen Dixon

Posted at 12:50pm
Dear Members of Willa's Family,
My heart goes out to all of you at this very sad time in your lives. My memories of Willa go back many years to when I first worked at NCS in the Title 1 program...back in 1979. Willa was a volunteer even back then, and her smiling face would greet students and teachers alike whenever she was there. I have also had the pleasure over the years to meet and sometimes work with many of the children and grandchildren of Lester and Willa over the years, and the love for each other was wonderfully apparent. Willa did so much for everyone and will be sorely missed. I will keep her and all of you in my prayers.
Sincerely yours,
Stephen Dixon
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Liz Wall

Posted at 10:46am
My condolences to the family. I would love to share some bible scriptures that can bring you comfort at this time and a wonderful hope of seeing your love one again. Acts 24:15” There is going to be a resurrection “. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4” Comfort when loved ones die” Hebrews 2:15” Freedom from morbid fear of death” John 5:28,29” A real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones”. God is the Creator of life. The Bible calls Jehovah God “the source of life” (Psalms 36:9; Acts 17:24,25) The One who gave life to all living creatures is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died. Jehovah hates death, he views it as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) He has a longing to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again-Job 14:14,15.
Sincerely,
Liz Wall
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