Ida M. Packard

SEBAGO — Ida May Packard, 82, passed away on Nov. 25, 2011, at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born in Mexico on Nov. 15, 1929, the daughter of Avis (Whitman) and Harry Eastman. She attended Mexico schools and was proud to receive her diploma when she was 77.

Ida met Donald Packard in 1947 and after a brief courtship they were married later that same year. Ida had an entrepreneurial spirit as she dabbled in selling flowers and with her husband owned and operated The Outlet Beach on Sabbathday Lake.

When in better health, Ida was an active outdoorswoman who enjoyed riding snowmobiles and motorcycles, biking, camping and hunting. She was especially proud of her five-point buck. She and Don frequently kicked up their heels at country-western dances. During her retirement, she loved to travel all over the country with Don. They lived for a time in Arizona, Florida and South Carolina.

In her spare time, Ida crocheted. She showed her love for her family with many crocheted afghans. There are people all over the country she has met along the way that she gave her afghans to as well as the children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She also made hats for the Cancer Society. Ida was a woman who cared deeply for others.

She was predeceased by her parents; son, Edward Packard; brothers, Charlie and Victor Eastman; sister, Midell Garneau; and her grandson.

Ida is survived by her loving husband, Donald Packard, married 64 years; children, Donna Brulotte, Ralph Packard, Bradford Packard and Heidi Packard; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and extended family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Elmwood Cemetery, 587 Elmwood Road, Pownal, with the Rev. Philip Shearman officiating.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at www.independentdeathcare.com

In lieu of flowers, a donation to help find a cure for rheumatoid arthritis can be made to: The Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 7669, Atlanta, Georgia 30357-0669.

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