FLORA ‘BETTY’ CARMICHAEL HAMPDEN – Flora Elizabeth Carmichael “Betty,” 98, passed away March 6, 2008. Betty was born in Hampden, the daughter of Frank R. and Inez V. (Norton) Grant. She attended Bangor schools and graduated from Hampden Academy. A devoted mother and homemaker, she was talented in the arts of dressmaking, knitting and winding fly-fishing lures, as well as the traditional skills of canning, preserving and gardening. A cat lover, she owned many throughout the years, with fanciful names, such as John Henry and Pete and Repeat. After raising four children, she worked for a number of years at Eastern Trust and Banking Co. In retirement, she was a loving grandmother, always ready to baby-sit or lend a hand, to listen and offer encouragement. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Rodney Carmichael; her eldest daughter, SueCarol Hollis (Frank); and her sister, Phyllis Smith-Thayer. Surviving are her children, Thomas C. Carmichael and his wife, Linda, of Lynnfield, Mass., Phyllis M. Bartlett and her husband, James, of Hampden, Judith E. Craig and her husband, Wayne, of Youngs-town, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, Lynn Cooke (David), David Hollis, Richard Hollis (Melissa), Karen Brown (Peter), Lisa McDonough (Michael), Shelley Gullotti (Jonathan); Scott Bartlett (Jackie), Peter Bartlett (Shelly), Debi Shane (Richard), Daniel Craig, and Timothy Craig (Jennifer); as well as 19 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Dr. Toby Atkins and Lisa Buchannan, and caregivers Diane Anderson and Barbara Betts for their wonderful care throughout the years, and most recently the affectionate and caring support from Leane Sprage and the staff at Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. There will be no visiting hours. Graveside services will be private. Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Hampden Ambulance Service, which provided excellent ser-vice, in care of Frank Coombs, 106 Western Ave., Hampden, ME 04444. Arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.