Marguerite Eleanor Barter Engstrom passed away Jan. 2 at her home in Searsport. Born June 9, 1926, in Stonington, she is the daughter of Edna and Levi Barter. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years James( Jimmy, Jim) Porter Engstrom Sr., sister Augustine (Tina) Robinson.

Marguerite grew up in Deer Isle and Stonington, went to school in a one room school house next door to her home. Around the age of 13 her family moved to Searsport, where at 16 she met her husband. They built a house on Porter Street and lived there the rest of their lives.

Survived by their five children, James (Jimmy) Porter Engstrom Jr., his wife Elsbeth of Kitzingen, Germany, Patricia (Pat) and Dennis Schaffer, of Saco , Diane and Wayne Leavitt, of Searsport, Darlene and Donald (Don) Herrick, of Stockton Springs, Sheila and Jeremy Williams, of Hampden; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A special thanks to grandson Travis Harriman for all your help.

Mom we will miss the soft goodnight hugs, breakfast with you in the warm cozy kitchen, good conversations and stories of the past, watching you enjoy “Molly B Polka,” the way you enjoyed all the treats that we brought you, the loving looks you gave your cat Molly, trips to the Family Dollar and Goodwill, all our daily phone calls, and goodbye waves out the kitchen window, and that mother-daughter connection.


You were with me until the break of daylight.

Then God gave you wings and you took flight,

Too soon for us you left behind,

May He keep you safe in His arms divine.

Joy has now filled your soul.

One last wave good bye.

In lei of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Associations.