Marion (Knowlton) Parmenter, 94, much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, faded away from our world Nov. 21, 2010, at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, of natural causes.

She is survived by a daughter, Judy Chadwick; two sons, Jerry Parmenter and his wife, Judy, and Tom Parmenter and his wife, Nancy; five grandchildren, Susanne, Jon, Dallas, Morgan and Jessica; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Olivia.

She was predeceased by her parents, Marlton and Belle Knowlton, and her husband, Alger.

Marion was born in Liberty Feb. 19, 1916. She married Alger Parmenter, who became a well-known grocer in Liberty village, where they owned a general store for many years. Seven generations of her family passed through the doors of the home where she raised her children and lived for more than 70 years.

She volunteered locally, helping with children’s immunizations, teaching first aid to Boy Scouts and starting a basic home nursing care program. As a “country horse doctor,” she delivered baby lambs, treated injured sheep and horses, and tended to various disowned animals. She was a “Jill-of-all-trades,” with a cooking spoon in one hand and a hammer and a roll of duct tape in the other.

At the age of 47 Marion fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, enrolling in the Sisters Hospital Nursing Program in Waterville. She drove 60 miles roundtrip, often in the harsh Maine winters, never missing a day, After receiving her LPN, she was a nursing caregiver for more than 20 years in Waterville, Augusta and Florida. She also was a 16-year volunteer veteran in the early years of the Liberty Ambulance crew.

Marion had a passion for travel and often visited her family in Oregon, Florida and California. She traveled to Alaska, Germany, and for her 90th birthday went to Scotland (home of her ancestors), England and Ireland. Throughout her life Marion was fiercely independent and was a woman ahead of her time. Her family will miss her boundless energy and grit, her storytelling and her passion for caring for others.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Gray’s Chapel, in Windsor. A celebration of her life will follow at the Masonic Building in Liberty.

Donations in Marion’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association through its Web site,, or by calling 888-435-7632.