Marie Opdahl, 98, died in her sleep with family close by Feb. 11, 2010.

She was born May 18, 1911, in Belfast,.

Marie grew up in the Belfast and Searsport areas, and then attended Zion Bible School in East Providence, R.I. It was there that she met her husband, Alexander, to whom she was married for more than 70 years.

After graduation, Marie moved to New York City, where she attended Calvary Tabernacle, where Ben and Jeanne Crandall were pastors. It was there that Marie was voted president of the women’s missionary council and served for many years.

Marie was known for her great cooking and always had an apple pie on hand for anyone who would stop by, but most of the time, stopping in for pie and coffee would end up to be a full course meal.

Marie always loved working in the kitchen and later extended her cooking abilities to catering weddings.

Marie always had a desire to do for others, She often took neighborhood kids into her home on Sundays, feeding and clothing them for Sunday school.

On Jan. 1, 1967, Marie attended a Zion Bible School reunion, where she was awarded a plaque in recognition of her great love for Zion, and her many years of ministry among women within the body of Christ.

Marie attended Searsport Full Gospel Church, and served as president of the women’s missionary council. Several years later, she attended Faith Temple Church of God, where she was president of the “Women with a Mission” group.

Marie was a great woman of faith and attended church regularly. She loved reading the Bible, and always welcomed friends to stop by for a game of Scrabble. She loved having family nearby and would often ask, “What’s your favorite food?” or, “If you could have anything to eat, what would it be?”

Marie enjoyed having her grandchildren sit on her lap while she told them stories. Marie will be sadly missed, but her famous sayings will live on forever, “the ol’ grey mare, she ain’t what she used to be”, and “God isn’t finished with me yet.”

Marie is survived by three children, Dolores Ruby and her husband, Frank, of Palm Coast, Fla., Clifford Opdahl of East Brunswick, N.J., and Linda Gibbons of Swanville; nine grandchildren, Keith Ruby, Kristine Moorehouse, Nancy Filippoli, Sharon Ferrari, Shawn Clements, Steve Clements, Heidi Gibbons, Chris Gibbons and Jessica Gibbons; many great-grandchildren, Mindy, Megan, Mariah and McKenzie Gibbons, Jordan Young, Garth, Haley, Brady and Malerie Clements, Alex Ruby, Nicole Moorehouse, Katie and Nicole Filippoli, Allison and Lindsey Ferrari; a brother, Ervin Merry ,and his wife, Faustina; three sisters, Ina Moulton, Mildred Sylvester and her husband, Loyd, and Ruth Robbins; a sister-in-law, Delores Merry; and a special friend, Debra Keene.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alexander; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Opdahl; her parents Sadie and John Merry Sr.; three brothers, Earl, John and Elwood Merry; and two brothers-in-law, Irving Moulton and Hermon Robbins.

Visiting hours were held at the Faith Temple Church of God Feb. 15. A funeral service was held Feb. 16 with the Rev. Mathew Shaw and the Rev. Charles Hall officiating.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 18, at Smart Cemetery in Belfast at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport.