Elizabeth (Betty) Whorf Hawkins

Nov 28, 2012

Medford, Mass. — Elizabeth (Betty) Whorf Hawkins was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Medford, Mass., to Dora Homer and Clarence P. Whorf. She died at Hawthorne House, Freeport, Maine on Friday, Nov. 9, at age 94 of natural causes.

Betty attended Winchester schools and the Brimmer School in Massachusetts, graduating from Smith College in 1940. During her early years she went to Ogontz Camp in New Hampshire for many years, eventually becoming a counselor there. She loved the camp and was proud of her achievements, a special treat for best campers was a trip to Seagontz in Phippsburg. She was able to visit Seagontz with her children later in life when it had become a rental property.

She met Oliver Andrews, Jr. while at Smith and they were married in 1941. They had three children, Oliver Andrews III of Phippsburg, Maine, Elizabeth Andrews of Brunswick, Maine and Rosamond Andrews of Berkeley, Calif. Betty was divorced and then remarried, she and her new husband moved to Connecticut and Betty obtained her Masters Degree in Education, teaching there until she moved to Maine. She lived in a number of Maine communities, teaching in Searsmont for several years and then substitute teaching elsewhere. She moved to Brunswick in 2008 from Belfast, then to the Hawthorne House in 2010.

Betty was a “free spirit,” never afraid to move along when the itch for some new adventure overtook her. To her last days she would say “come on let’s go!”, restless to the end. Belfast and its environs were where she lived most of her time in Maine. When not in Maine she often traveled to the Southwest and Mexico, driving herself all if not most of the way and returning to Maine when the spirit moved her. She painted now and then and had a real talent.

She had many friends, men, women, old, young, gay, straight, of color, it didn’t matter, when you met her she filled you in with her life story, seeming to know more about her friends and their families than one could think possible. Generous with what she had she shared with others along the way. She was a regular at the Belfast Cooperative, seeming to know almost all the staff and many of the customers. A visit to the waterfront was a priority when her children came to take her out, replenish supplies and see her favorite cat, Sinbad. Sinbad now resides in Phippsburg.

She was predeceased by her parents, a favorite aunt, Adelaide Homer, her brothers David and Bill. She is survived by her brother Bill’s wife Lorraine, nieces and nephews and her children.

There will be a private remembrance of Betty next year in which her children scatter her ashes in her favorite Maine places.

Her family wishes to thank all of her friends in Belfast and the Belfast Coop staff and others who watched over her informally, which helped her stay at home during her last years there. We also can’t say enough about the care and attention she received from the staff at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, wonderful people who set an example for all of us.

She is and will be missed.

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