Charlotte (Croissant) Rivers, 99, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Harbor Hill in Belfast, surrounded by loving family and devoted caregivers. She was born May 17, 1912, in Bath, the eldest of four children of Georgiana M. (Duncan) and Frank Elias Seavey.

Charlotte attended schools in Medford, Mass., graduating from Medford High School in 1929. She completed Jackson College of Tufts University in 1931 and wed Dr. Edward D. Croissant that same year. They shared 10 years of their lives and had two wonderful sons.

In 1941, Charlotte married Almon Sidney Rivers of Searsport and Stoneham, Mass. Together, they raised her sons and their eight children on a farm in Searsport, where she resided until this summer.

Known for being resilient, thrifty, and resourceful, Charlotte made the transition to country life with great success. She took up organic gardening with zeal, growing and processing all the produce for her large family, as well as often supplying neighbors. With the help of her mother, she also hand-made nearly all of the family’s clothing, and did many other crafts and building projects as well. Her love of perennial flower gardening has taken root in many of her offspring.

Most of these busy years she also worked outside the home, waitressing, caring for patients in a nursing home, and retailing fabrics at The Maine Textile Center. Before her retirement in her early 70s, she had accumulated lots of bargains from this final career, that kept her busy for many years creating gifts and filling needs for others.

“The Farm,” as all extended family and friends have known it, was always a welcome place with a warm kitchen hub, and sumptuous meals that seemed to come from nowhere and stretch to feed unlimited guests and visitors. Her family “grew” through the lineage and also by “adoption” of friends drawn to the unconditional love and practical caring Charlotte (Mom, Aunt Char, Grammie, Great-Grammie) could always put forth.

The original “supermom”, Charlotte managed to squeeze in lessons in sewing, etiquette, appreciation of classical music and literary classics, a hobby of home design, hours of crosswords, PTA meetings, 4-H, Classes with the Cooperative Extension, and Grange. A member of the Green Lawn Cemetery Association for more than 40 years, she served many of those as secretary.

Charlotte is survived by her children and their spouses: Robert and Maxine (Gamble) Croissant of Denton, Texas, Richard and June (Brooks) Croissant of Bow, N.H, Priscilla and Butch Lamb of Pasadena, Texas, Sally and Cliff Philbrick of Monroe, Almon S. “Bud” and Sue (Clark) Rivers of Searsport, Rebecca (Shroyer) Rivers and George Klueber of Searsport, Sydney and Steve Greenlaw of Dyer Brook, Ruth and Charles Weymouth of Milford, Georgiana “Joy” and Glenn Baker of Searsport, and Eva and Aaron Blethen of Swanville and Appleton.

She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and their life partners, in order of their parents: David and Deborah Croissant, Janet (Croissant) and Stuart Cawthon, Jeffrey and Tracey Croissant; Mike and Rachel Croissant, Timothy and Peg Croissant, Andrea (Croissant) and Mike Burke; Remi and Molly Bernard, Reginald and Diana Bernard; April (Bernard) and Steve Larrabee; Aaron Mitchell and Julie Mountain, Kimberly Mitchell, Kirk Mitchell and Nora Proulx, Dean and Doug Philbrick; Georgiana (Rivers) and Jean Pierre-Louis, Sara (Rivers) and Rod Cofield; Joshua and Christine Rivers, Paul Rivers, Daniel Rivers; Christine (Greenlaw) and Benjamin Boone, Tamara (Greenlaw) and John McGrath, Gregory and Marisol Weymouth, Dody (Rivers) and Frank Dumond, Christopher and Wendy Weymouth, Benjamin Weymouth, Michelle (Weymouth) Schaefer; Robert and Melissa Baker, Gabriel and Christy Baker, Donna (Lewis) and Walter Mayo, Jr.; Darcy Blethen and Nicholas Trull, Whitney Blethen, Ariana Blethen.

“Grammie Rivers” has many (well over 30) great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren from Maine to California and scattered between. Due to her loving influence through the generations, they remain close at heart. She is also loved and celebrated by the children and grandchildren of her siblings, and by friends who have become family over the years.

Besides her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by her first husband, Edward D. Croissant; by her husband of 47 years, Almon S. (“Sid”) Rivers; her siblings and their spouses: Duncan and Jenny Seavey, Priscilla (Seavey) and Gunnar Bjorkman, Mayhew and Carol Seavey; her son, Frank S. Rivers; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney Bernard and Chris Hart.

Special appreciation goes out to Kim, who provided direct care and led Charlotte’s care team for many years. Her recent “family” of loving caregivers, who — together with family — enabled Charlotte to remain in her own home until recently are also appreciated. Sincere thanks to the amazing staff of Harbor Hill, who nurtured us all and gave us support in her journey.

Family and friends gathered for visitation on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, at Young Funeral Home in Searsport. A graveside service was held Monday morning, Oct. 3 at Green Lawn Cemetery on Route 131 in Swanville, which was followed by a fellowship time at Bud and Sue Rivers’ home in Searsport.

A celebration of life open house will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at the home of Sally and Cliff Philbrick, 199 East Main St., Monroe.

Those wishing to make memorial donations in lieu of flowers are encouraged to support Green Lawn Cemetery, (c/o John Rohde, Treasurer, 12 Dockside Lane, Belfast, ME 04915), Angel Flight NE (Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton Street, North Andover, MA 01845), or the charity of your choice.