Edith M. Sawyer

CASCO — Edith Sawyer, 94, peacefully took leave of her life late in the afternoon on March 18, 2012 at the Casco Inn with her niece, minister and close friend with her.

Born on Dec. 5, 1917, to Ellis and Susan Rowe Blake as the youngest of three sisters, “Edie” was raised in Denmark, graduated from Denmark High School, and married Bert Sawyer, sharing with him a good life of honest work and simple pleasures.

She enjoyed her work rewinding armatures for NASA with the Moir Company and took great pleasure in knowing that she had contributed to “greater things,” as she called them.

Edie was a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs, read extensively, remained true to her passion for genealogy, kept scrapbooks that will be given to the Denmark Historical Society, keenly observed birds and other wildlife, and told stories, passing down the family history through her memories. She enjoyed recalling simpler, though harder, times such as building the camp on Moose Pond and hauling all the materials by boat and toboggan as there were no roads leading to the site. Edie loved her home and was, thankfully, able to live there until she moved to the Casco Inn, where Denmark’s selectmen presented her with the Boston Post Cane to honor her record as Denmark’s most senior resident.

All of her family and friends will miss Edie’s sweet and gentle ways.

Edie was predeceased by her husband Bert; their infant son, Michael; two sisters, Evelyn Day and Edna “Jo” Day; a nephew and niece.

She is survived by a grandniece.

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving of life will be held at the Denmark Congregational Church on Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m.

For those who wish, the Denmark Library and the Denmark Historical Society will accept memorial donations to advance their work in areas that Edie loved.

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