Beth Mattor

BAR MILLS – Beth went to bed on April 16, 2021, feeling fine and of good cheer. She passed away during sleep that night.Elizabeth Ann Canfield was born in Oklahoma City on Feb. 20, 1936 to Arthur and Alyse Canfield, but grew up in Somerville, N.J. After high school graduation, she chose Bates College in Lewiston and a major in chemistry.In her junior year she found the love of her life, John Mattor, also a chemistry major, and they were married in the Bates chapel after her graduation in 1958. Their marriage lasted 62 years, living in Bar Mills on the Hollis side of the Saco River.Beth was an avid out-doors adventurer and loved climbing mountains. Beth and John climbed Mt. St. Helens in their honeymoon year, and later on climbed Grand Teton, an arduous roped ascent.She loved New Hampshire’s White Mountains and maintained the treacherous Sphinx trail on Mt. Jefferson, as an AMC volunteer. The more something was challenging and difficult, the more she loved it.Always seeking something new, she became an avid gardener, converting large areas of our Hollis estate into flower gardens.Beth loved reading science fiction to the very end. She also became a rather fine practitioner of Tai Chi.She earned a teaching certificate and taught math at Bonny Eagle High for many years in the 1970s and 1980s.Beth was the mother of four fine sons, Brian, Nathan, Paul and Ethan, all very successful, and the wife of John Mattor, who all survive her. She is also survived by her sisters, Sally Brown of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Linda Jackson of Shippensburg, Pa. A celebration of this most remarkable life is planned for sometime this summer.Beth requested that her earthly remains be cremated. Distribution of the ashes will be a private family affair. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website, Thanks to Beth, we have an overabundance of flowers. If anyone wants to make a contribution in her behalf, do so to a worthy charity of your own choosing.

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