MT. VERNON – Frances Charlotte Hardy, 60, passed away at her home, Aug. 8, 2005, with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Bangor, the daughter of Charles G. and Annie (Kesaris) Brountas. She attended Bangor schools and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. Following graduation, she taught second grade in Portland for one year and in Lewiston for 36 years. She retired from teaching in June, 2004 to travel with her loving husband of 25 years, Malcolm D. Hardy “Mac”, and to spend more time with her loving family, which includes her son, Aaron Stasulis, his wife, Lynn and soon-to-arrive daughter, Isabella of Rockport; step-daughters, Kimble Hardy of Unity and Karin Hardy and her daughter, Kasey Kelley of Mt. Vernon, and her stepson, Andrew Hardy and his wife, Teyara and son, Kaenon of Santa Cruz, Calif. She was predeceased by her parents and her nephew, Andrew Brountas. She leaves behind her brothers, George Brountas and his wife, Kimberly of Brewer and their two sons, Nik Brountas and his wife Hyun Ju of Jeju, South Korea, and Howie Day of Veazie; Charles Brountas and his wife Carol of Orono and their children Michael, Ryan, Chris, Jason, Tyler, and Travis. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law, Spencer Hardy and his loving wife Barbetta of Westbrook and their two sons, Josh Hardy, his wife Angela and their daughter Elizabeth of Ellsworth; and Thomas Hardy and his wife Beth of Dresden. She also leaves behind many special cousins, aunts and uncles, all of whom loved Fran deeply. Last but not least, she leaves behind her faithful canine companion and co-hort, Allagash Molly May “Allie”, who was by her side always. Fran was a steward of the land, traveling, camping, organic gardening, growing beautiful flower gardens and towering sunflowers. Fran also had the wonderful ability to be thankful for each day, to accept all people as special, and to carry herself with a tremendous amount of grace, respect, and dignity even as she faced the reality of living with multiple myeloma. She was a positive, supportive role model as a teacher, parent, wife, and community member. She leaves behind many wonderful friends and extended family, who were deeply touched by her incredible enthusiasm for life. Fran has left many grieving hearts that will miss her deeply and they will not soon forget her twinkling eyes and ever-present smile. There will be a graveside service Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in Mt. Vernon, followed by a celebration of life at the family farm. Arrangements are under the direction of Western Mountains Cremation and Funeral Service, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fran’s name to the Longley School Library Fund, Longley School, 145 Birch St. in Lewiston. Fran’s family also requests that all who are able to give the gift of life, kindly make a donation of blood in Fran’s name.