Schools family holds gathering

Janet Barker, Special to The County
6 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — The grandchildren of the late Thomas and Hannah (Rugan) Schools, along with their families, got together for a potluck luncheon at St. Mary’s Family Center.  A total of 64 were in attendance.

Thirteen first cousins were in attendance of the 19 who are still living. In attendance were the daughters of Elmer and M. Geraldine (Schools) McConnell, Patricia McConnell of Broad Brook, Conn. and Auburndale, Florida, Clifford and Janet (McConnell) Barker of Houlton, along with their children, Kelly (Barker) Larson and her friend Phil Mills of Brunswick, her sons Tristan and Issac Larson of Hodgdon, Jody Barker and her husband Douglas Merritt their children Logan, Madison, and Jordyn Merritt of Hodgdon and Anessa Wilde of Houlton, Andy and Tracey (Barker) Albert, with their children Garrison, Thatcher, Jovianna Albert, and Aryus Desjardins of Houlton.  Margaret (McConnell) Clegg of Mexico, New York and Polk City, Florida and Carol (McConnell) Sands of Auburndale, Florida.

Also the daughter of Bernard and Grace (Sligar) Schools,  Anna (Schools) Grover of Wiscasset, Maine, Granddaughter Darla (Piader) Lizotte also of Wiscasset, Maine, Granddaughter Karen (Theriault) Woodbury, Son in law Roland Theriault, great granddaughter Kelsey all of Littleton.  The son of Ralph and Josephine (Schools) McAtee, Charles and Joan (Larson) McAtee of Hodgdon, their granddaughters, Amelia and Abigail McAtee of Littleton and their cousin Michael Sanders were also in attendance, Kristi McAtee of Houlton and Karla (McAtee) Talpey.  

Rounding out the group is the family of Lawrence and Ethel (Rooney) Schools, Gail (Stairs) Schools Turner and her daughter and husband Debbie (Schools) and Paul Jacques and sons Noah and Ethan and friend Gabbie, all of Littleton.  Judith (Schools) Williams from Bangor with her son Danny Williams, his daughter Abby and his grandson Jacob of Houlton, Hannah (Schools) Glidden of Houlton, John and Ruth (Schools) Plourde of Herman, Ethel (Schools) and Malcolm Mersereau of Houlton, Lawrence Schools of Littleton, his sons Tommy and Jennie (Hare) Schools and their girls, Autumn and Amelia of Littleton, Greg and Haleigh (Dyer) Schools, their sons, Bently and Jack and daughter Charlotte of Littleton.  Gregory and Leslie (Holmes) Schools of Littleton and David and Kris (Gerath) Schools. Joining the family later at Michael’s parent’s home were Amy Joy Berube and her husband Michael Barker with their children Lexie and Joey Barker of Washburn.

Kristi McAtee brought along the T-shirt quilt that was made in honor of her Dad, Paul McAtee who passed away in December to share with all the family.  The quilt was made by her cousin, Barbara Rutledge. We also honored Charles and Joan (Larson) McAtee with a cake, given to them by their niece Karla (McAtee) Talpey for their 50th anniversary that will take place in November of this year.  Many thoughts were with our cousins who did not make it especially Alice (Schools) Weaver Fann and her husband Larry (Arville) Fann of Albion who had assisted in getting the get together organized.  Unfortunately her husband Larry fell and needed surgery on his leg. We were all happy that the surgery went well and he will be home recuperating shortly.