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Re: Avis LaVaughn Frohock Bell
Posted by: Herbert Gilliland (ID *****6123) Date: October 13, 2011 at 09:27:32
In Reply to: Re: Avis LaVaughn Frohock Bell by Bob Fernald of 53

"Vonnie": She was married twice, and had three children - two daughters Rebecca and Patricia Bullock and one son Ralph who died at the age of 14 in a car accident.

Patricia was my adoptive mother, she died in November 1985 from a combination of cancers. I was 8. My name is Herbert Elwood Gilliland III, I am the adopted son of Herbert Elwood Gilliland, Jr, with some casework to piece together my own history. To sum up myself, I was involved in some unsuccessful litigation over a personal project you may have heard of: nopersoncommittee.org in all of its gory detail.

Rebecca is alive and was once and may still be the town clerk of Hollis, New Hampshire. Rebecca is divorced and had two sons, one Peter Walker, given for adoption who has a website about rediscovering his grandmother's family Frohock, and one Alex Crowther, who is a life-long military man and Doctor of National Security, currently stationed abroad.

I was dear friends with Vonnie since my adoption at the age of only a few months, and have tried to be there for her as she aged. She was certainly a satellite parent to me in my teens and all throughout my 20s. I have some video recordings of her explaining various photographs regarding the history of Frohock Mountain, ME, and Lincolnville, etc. taken right before she left her apartment in Southwest Harbor, ME.

I believe Alex has inherited the actual albums. She was written about in the newspaper several times in her 70s and 80s being a librarian in Southwest Harbor, ME, and also an environmental activist who fought against deforestation of Maine forests, and was a bit of a network hub for people from a variety of places in the northeast and elsewhere. I helped advise her caregivers last time I visited, and she had fallen a few years back and thus needed more scrutiny.

She seems unhappy in the home, but we all accept that it is best for her. I believe Alex was there at the time of the actual move. She can be contacted via phone and does enjoy brief visits from what I have gathered. For those who might contact her, realize that until about a year ago she showed none of the aggressive bits of her personality and voted for Obama, and was always a person who cared about people very deeply and tried her best to improve the world and leave it better than she found it.

Her second husband was David Bell, a former US air force pilot in WWII and ended his career as a commercial airline pilot. He lived with Vonnie up until his death in the late 80s/early 90s (I don't remember precisely, Becky, Alex's mom, would know). Alex can be found on LinkedIn.

Vonnie has always had lots of local fans, children who come to meet her, etc. She taught me how to make a proper chowder.



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