Beverly B. Martin, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at her daughter Terry’s home in Glenn Heights, Texas. She was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Presque Isle, the daughter of Lulu (Calhoun) and Loren Williams.

Growing up on her family farm in Presque Isle with her parents and her brother, Gilbert “Bunny” Williams, taught her the values she in turn imparted to her family. She was thrifty, resilient and hard-working. She married Charles S. Martin in 1943 and they had nine children together. They moved to Searsport in 1955, and that continued to be her home.

Beverly was chief cook, bottle washer, nurse and comforter to her family. She was a Scrabble player extraordinaire, and an expert crossword puzzler. She had a vast storehouse of knowledge on the world, often outdoing contestants on “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

Though paralyzed on her left side by her stroke six-and-a-half years ago, her mind was left as sharp as ever; no, it was sharper after the stroke, if one can imagine that. It seemed to give her super-intellectual powers that enabled her to shine at Scrabble. The competition with her family was intense. Outsiders would have to beware, as she was a magician in the recall of words, especially seven-letter ones.

Beverly was an avid sports fan and enjoyed her Boston sports teams: the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. While visiting her daughter and family in Los Angeles, she frequently enjoyed going to the Los Angeles Clipper games and proudly displayed her photo with Blake Griffin and her other signed sports memorabilia on her mantle. She also had a love-hate relationship with the horse races; she loved them when she won and hated them when she lost.

Gardening was a deep and abiding passion. Beverly loved to garden and spent many hours in her rock garden tending her flowers. She enjoyed bird watching and loved to look out her kitchen window and see what birds and other wildlife would be there. Beverly was best known for her marvelous cooking and baking skills. She often baked for the Masons and the Searsport schools’ bake sales. Her cheesecake and holiday treats were the stuff of legend.

Beverly also enjoyed the many impromptu gatherings at the Searsport homestead, frequently holding court around the kitchen table with family and friends; however, she also enjoyed the time spent with family and friends at her daughter’s cottage at Swan Lake.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 2004.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patricia Patten and her husband John of Bayside, Stephen Martin of Waldoboro, Robert Martin and his wife JoAnn of Norwich, Conn., Richard Martin and his wife Roberta of Belfast, Dawna Bailey of Boise, Idaho, Gerald Martin and wife, Therese, of Gorham, Terry Armstrong and her husband Mark of Glenn Heights, Texas, Norman Martin and his wife Kathy of Searsport, and Laurie Waldman and her husband Ira of Playa del Rey, Calif.

She was so fortunate to have had 20 grandchildren and their families in her life: Todd Macleod, Randy Macleod, Chris Patten, Kathy Martin, Steve Martin, Mark Martin, Troy Martin, Christine Martin, Teresa (Martin) Cail, Tammy (Martin) Forgue, Tracy (Martin) Rackcliffe, Sheila Bailey, Julie Bailey, Chris Bailey, Jennifer Bailey, David Martin, Rachel Armstrong, Ben Martin, Shayna Waldman and Ethan Waldman.

In addition she had many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed visiting with all of them and displayed all of their pictures and artwork around her house. She was very thoughtful of everyone’s birthday and always made sure to send them a card to tell them she was thinking of them. She was a great letter writer and corresponded with family and friends on a regular basis.

A special thank you to her daughter, Dawna, who was her caregiver for six years and more recently her daughter, Terry, and husband Mark and daughter Rachel. Her family appreciates Ellen Sutton, Judy Thomas, Darcy Blethen, the Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care Agency and so many more who have assisted in her care and provided a wonderful support system. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of her life which will be observed at the Vestry of the Searsport Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to either Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care Agency, 170 Pleasant Street, Rockland, ME 04841; or the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association online at: strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/ or, if mailed, send to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 (the donation form is available at the website).