Evelyn R. Baldwin

GORHAM — Evelyn R. Baldwin, 96, died on May 28, 2011, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a period of declining health.

She was born in Newport on Jan. 8, 1915, to Timothy and Hellena (Downes) Brooks Rowe. She was adopted by Bertrand Rowe at age 8 and joined his family of seven children.

She graduated from Newport High School and moved to Bangor to work. There she met her husband Caryl P. Baldwin. He predeceased her after 66 years of marriage. They made their home in Gray for 40 years, and then built a new home in North Yarmouth where they lived for 20 years. For the past eight years, she has made her home with her daughter and husband in Gorham.

Evelyn was a Girl Scout leader for several years. Later, she worked for the Gray Post Office as the first female RFD carrier, retiring from this job.
She was a member of Golden Sheaf Eastern Star New Gloucester, and Fidelity Rebekah Lodge No 4, past state president of IOOF Rebekah Assembly of Maine. During the years, she traveled throughout the United States and Canada visiting various lodges. She will be remembered for her timeless giving spirit to these orders.

Her pastimes were sewing, knitting and crocheting and sailing the Maine Coast with Caryl.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Mark Brooks and Martin Brooks, and stepbrothers and stepsisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Hill of Gorham; two step-grandchildren, David Hill of Denmark and Jennifer Martin of Sebago; and eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, in Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Nurses Scholarship Fund IOOF, care of Paul Washburn, 22 Mussey Street, Livermore Falls, ME 04254 or Maine Leukemia Foundation, Wilson Pond Road, North Monmouth, ME 04265.

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