Beatrice “Betty” C. Preston Emerson, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at a Bangor hospital after suffering a stroke.

Beatrice was born in Edmunds Feb. 10, 1922, to Jack and Beaulah Preston.

The same year of Betty’s birth her family moved to Frankfort where she was raised and graduated from Frankfort High School, class of 1939. In her younger years she lived in Bangor while training to be a hairdresser, a profession that she loved and worked in for more than 70 years. She was an active member in the Maine State Hairdressers Association and held an office in the Bangor Chapter.

Betty was an active member in her community including the Cushing Chapter No. 69 Order of Eastern Star and was named a life member in recent years, Sunrise Grange of Winterport, and a faithful member of Frankfort Congregational Church where she was a member of the guild and a former deacon. She had many interests including flower arranging, gardening, country music concerts and traveling, however more than anything she loved her family. She in return was loved for her adventuresome spirit, humor and way with words.

Betty is survived by her step-sister Faith Roberts of Belfast; three children, Robert Emerson and wife Darlene of Lakeside, Ore., Paul Emerson of Frankfort, and Laurel Coulter and husband Robert of Winterport; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Oliver, in 2001.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at Frankfort Congregational Church, Main Street, Frankfort, with Pastor Tim Hall officiating.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s honor may be made to Frankfort Congregational Church, P.O. Box 38, Frankfort, ME 04438.

Arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden.

Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through hampdengilpatrick.com.