Abbie E. Winslow, 102

FRYEBURG — Abbie Ethel Winslow, 102, peacefully left this life on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Bella Point Fryeburg (formerly Fryeburg Health & Residential Care Center).

Abbie was born on April 27, 1916, in Denmark, and grew up in Sandy Creek and North Bridgton. She attended schools in Sandy Creek and North Bridgton, graduating from Bridgton Academy in 1934. During this time, she lived with her grandparents as well as the Academy headmaster and wife while caring for their children. She attended nursing school in Portland and received her LPN, but was needed at home to care for her parents so she was not able to finish the RN course.

Abbie married Harry Winslow on Oct. 5 1939, and lived the next 73 years in Harrison, with the exception of a short time that she and Harry worked at Ram Island Farm in Cape Elizabeth. They celebrated 63 years together before Harry passed in 2003. Abbie was presented with the Boston Post Gold Cane at age 97 for being the oldest resident of Harrison.

Besides raising three children full-time, Abbie worked at different jobs during her years in Harrison, from delivering milk to cooking at summer camps, as well as cleaning and caregiving. She was an avid reader, bird watcher, and gardener plus excellent at baking and knitting for her family. She would have great fun and enjoyment from visits and sleepovers with her grandchildren. She was well-known and appreciated for her humor, quick wit and positive outlook on life. She would want us all to “eat our veggies” and live a long life.

Abbie is survived by her three children, Bill and wife Darcy of Harrison, Martha Jackson and husband Ken of Bridgton, Brian and wife Trudy of North Bridgton; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the many nieces and nephews that she enjoyed.

Abbie was predeceased by husband Harry; sisters Clara Butterfield, Louise Chaplin, Julia Austin, and Barbara Perry, and brothers Lincoln, Walter and Irving Burnell.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to all involved in providing Abbie special care while at Bella Point Fryeburg.

A private service will be held in the spring for family and close friends. Donations in her memory may be made to the Harrison Village Library Children Services, PO Box 597, Harrison, ME 04040.

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