Just seven days shy of her 91st birthday, surrounded by her loving family, Gertrude A. Gibbs Thompson took her last breath and quietly left this world on Aug. 31,2018.

One of five children, Gertrude was born Sept. 7, 1927, to Ernest and Eva (Jefferson) Aitken in Mexico, Maine. She attended Monroe Elementary and Monroe High School. She and the first love of her life, Frank W. Gibbs, married in 1948 and settled on a farm along the Back Brooks Road where she raised their two daughters and tended the farm.

Gertrude would eventually lose her husband, Frank, to cancer in 1980, but found love a second and last time with Lester S. Thompson, whom she married in 1984.

She was a member of the Loyal Rebekah's for over 70 years and a lifelong member of the Monroe Community Church, the Monroe Extension Service and Grange; all for which she spent countless hours volunteering her time and baked goods. Gertrude’s devotion to her family and community was palpable. During her last days, she was putting others first; making sure they were cared for and, no doubt, she is doing the same in her new life.

In addition to her second love, Lester, she is survived by her loving daughters, Barbara A.(Gibbs) Fowler and her husband Ronnie of Dedham, and Katherine E. (Gibbs) Tweedie and her husband, Bruce of Thorndike; grandchildren, Kimberly Fowler of Dedham, Barry Tweedie and his wife Valerie of Thorndike, Kelly(Fowler) Hoovler and her husband Aaron of Bangor, Kristi Fowler of Dedham and her partner Jerry Perkins, and Erica (Tweedie) Lancaster and her husband Michael of Jackson; great-grandchildren, Bryan Tweedie, Gabriel Ducas, Logan Eckmann, Olivia Hoovler, Faith Ducas, Frankie Ann Eckmann, Anthony Lancaster, Owen Hoovler and Sophie Eckmann; brothers in-law, Steve Hathaway of Prospect and Derol Gibbs of Monroe; sister in-law, Leona Dwyer of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

She was predeceased by her parents Ernest and Eva Aitken; first husband Frank W. Gibbs; sisters Mary Bayley, Doris Brown and Margaret Young; and brother, Fred Aitken; and infant grandson Brian David Tweedie.

Gertrude and her family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Waldo County Hospital, Harbor Hill Nursing Home and Beacon Health for providing care and support to their wife, mom and Nana.

A celebration of life will be held Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at Monroe Community Church in Monroe. Following the service the family invites relatives and friends to share in conversation and refreshments at the church. Interment will be immediately following the reception at Pilgrim’s Home Cemetery, Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visual Research at John Hopkins Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, Wilmer Development Office, Wilmer 112 600 North Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21287-9015.

Arrangements by Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport, online at mitchelltweedie-young.com.