Olive M. Brown, 83, died July 7, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Olive was born in Montville March 4, 1927, to Hazel Edgecomb Pushaw and Harry Parker Campbell. She was educated in Liberty, South Hope and Union schools. She attended nursing school in Portland after graduating from Union High School.

She married Basil A. Brown in Camden Sept. 26, 1946. She and her husband were childhood sweethearts — a love that continued their entire lives. These two were inseparable: Mr. Brown passed away just 12 days before Mrs. Brown.

Most of her married life was devoted to making her home a warm, secure, inviting place for her family. She was well-known for her gardening and cooking skills. Entire meals and all sorts of desserts were made “from scratch” (her husband particularly enjoyed her fruit pies).

Mrs. Brown derived great pleasure from improving and decorating the appearance of her home. She painted rooms, upholstered furniture, hung wallpaper, built stone walkways and walls, and expanded already extensive flower gardens. All these skills were self-taught — no job was too daunting for her.

In later years, Mrs. Brown raised hundreds of marigold (a favorite plant) seedlings in her greenhouse to be planted outside her home, which she named Marigold Farm. Mrs. Brown worked occasionally outside the home, in order to purchase “extras” for her children, buy their school clothes, or to further their education. In the early years of her marriage, she raked blueberries and worked at a West Rockport canning factory to help support her young family. She was self-sacrificing always.

She was employed at Hill’s Nursing Home in Union to finance her daughter’s college education; and likewise, Van Baalen’s clothing factory to supplement her son’s college years. One of the only pastimes she pursued for her own enjoyment was deer hunting each fall with her sister, Marie.

The two sisters became well known locally for their hunting prowess. They hunted every day of the November hunting season, regardless of weather, marching through woods, meadows, swamps and hills — earning the respect of skeptical male hunters. Oftentimes, a deer was bagged by one or both of the sisters, launching many exciting, and usually comical, hunting stories to be told and retold with much drama and many laughs.

Mrs. Brown was predeceased by her husband, Basil Brown; a sister, Marie Fuller; and her parents, Hazel Pushaw and Harry Campbell.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Packard, and her husband, James, of Union; a son, Scott Brown, of Portland; a grandson, Christopher Packard, and his wife, Pamela, of Union; a granddaughter, Kali Mitchell, and her husband, Adam, of Hope; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Packard of Union, Emma Mitchell of Hope, Jennifer Baum of Union and Morgan Baum of Union; two sisters, Grace Miller and her husband, Douglas, of Thomaston and Brenda Foster of Pittston; three brothers, John Pushaw and his fiancé, Diane Laing, of Warren, Michael Campbell and his wife, Paula, of Chelsea and Ricky Campbell of Augusta; three special sisters-in-law, Bebe Waterman of South Thomaston, Peggy Lincoln of Union and Joan Dussault of Chelmsford, Mass.

Visiting hours for Mrs. Brown will be Thursday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A graveside service will be held for Olive and Basil Brown at the East Union Cemetery Sunday, July 18, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mrs. Brown’s name to Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856 or Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home in Waldoboro.