Elizabeth I. Gushee, 92, a lifelong Appleton resident, died May 17, 2010, at Harbor Hill Center in Belfast after a long illness.

Born in Appleton Dec. 11, 1917, she was the youngest of 11 children of Frank S. and Lois E. Wadsworth Meservey. Educated in local schools, she was a 1935 graduate of Appleton High School. After graduation Elizabeth worked at the former Camden Hospital.

On Oct. 17, 1936, she married Floyd K. Gushee in Appleton, where the couple made their home and raised their family.

Elizabeth devoted herself to being a dedicated wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother and friend. She assisted her husband in the operation of their dairy farm for many years, where she later managed laying hens on the farm while Floyd worked in construction. For several years she worked at Thurston Brothers Casket Factory in Union.

More than anything Elizabeth loved her family and enjoyed mothering not only her own children, but all those in the extended family as well. She enjoyed gardening, canning, pickling and baking goodies for family and friends.

She was out first thing in the spring to bring in willows, mayflowers or whatever was in season. She enjoyed the beauty of each day, no matter the weather or the season.

Elizabeth was a life member of the Appleton Alumni Association. She was involved with the senior citizens’ programs at the Appleton Village School, sharing history lessons and reading to the students.

Elizabeth was an active member of the Appleton Baptist Church. She served in many areas and most enjoyed teaching Sunday school.

Mrs. Gushee was predeceased by her husband, Floyd; a son, Floyd “Larry” Gushee; her parents; and 10 siblings.

She is survived by a son, Jenness R. Gushee Sr., and his wife, Goldie, of Appleton; a daughter, Prudence Gushee, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; a daughter-in-law, Valerie Gushee, of Union and Appleton; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frances Meservey, of Appleton; and several generations of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Elizabeth shared a special relationship with two nieces and a nephew, Gloria Mank Parker of Camden, and Rosalie Mank Gleason and Vernon Pease, both of Appleton.

Visiting hours were held May 20 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. A funeral service was held May 21 at Appleton Baptist Church, Route 131, Appleton. The Rev. Mark Adolphson officiated. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Appleton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Appleton Baptist Church, c/o Treasurer Jennifer Frost, 108 Searsmont Road, Appleton, ME 04862; or the Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, Appleton, ME 04862.

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