AUBURN — Joan Betty Stock, 83, died Jan. 28 at Clover Manor in Auburn after a year of declining health.  

The only child of Francis Herbert Willmott and Edith (Singer) Willmott, she was born in Bournemouth, England, on March 12, 1927.

In 1947 she left England and moved to Portland, where she eventually met and married Frank Stock on Feb. 11, 1950.  

They had three daughters together and were married for 48 years before he died in 1998.

For many years she worked at Pratt Abbott in Portland and the Portland Public Library.  

She enjoyed gardening, her dogs, spending time by her pool, reading and traveling. 

Over the years she made many trips to England to visit her beloved cousin, Geoff Kellaway, and her best friend, Pat.

Survivors include her three daughters, Gail Mitchell and her husband Mark of Barrington, N.H., Catherine Stock of Westbrook, and Carol Lemieux and her husband Ron of Cumberland; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her cherished golden retriever, Buster.

The family would like to thank the staff at Clover Manor for their care and compassion.

A memorial service was held last week.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit to view a video collage of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

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