JOAN H. BITHER MILO and VINALHAVEN – Joan H. Bither died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at the Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft, of cancer. She died peacefully with her husband and two of her three children at her side. She was born April 26, 1928, in Brockton, Mass., the daughter of Willis Harvey and Minnie (Engle) Harvey. She attended elementary schools in Brockton, Mass., and secondary school at Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, Mass. She graduated with several honors from the University of Maine at Orono. Joan was active in many social, civic and business affairs during her lifetime in Maine and Massachusetts. Joan is survived by her brother, Robert Harvey of Mt. Joy, Pa.; her husband of 55 years, Roy A. Bither Jr. of Milo; a daughter, Susan B. Johnston of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a son, Col. Mark H. Bither of West Point, N.Y.; a son, David S. Bither of Santa Rosa, Calif.; granddaughters, Sarah and Corey; grandsons, Patrick and Mathew; and grandchildren, David, Nicole, and Christine Jakubowski. There will be no calling hours. Joan favored a simple cremation. Tentative plans for a memorial service on Vinalhaven, for family and friends will be announced next spring or early summer. Cremation arrangements by Cremation Basics, Inc., Bangor.