Elizabeth (Mary) 'Gam' Libby, 96

Jan 22, 2013

Thorndike — Elizabeth (Mary) “Gam” Libby, 96, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her home in East Thorndike.

Elizabeth was born in Ashland on Oct. 23, 1916, the daughter of Rufus and Pheby (Wilcox) Gardner.

She was very active in her younger years. She worked as a homemaker and mother, and also worked for many years caring for and tending to the cemeteries in Thorndike.

She had a great love of family, friends, her pets, flowers, music, crocheting and sewing. Her favorite day of the year was her birthday, known as “Gam Jam,” when the family would gather together to celebrate her birthday and play music. Elizabeth had four children, Freeman Libby, Marie Brillard, Madeline Hotham and Clyde Libby. She raised not only her own family, but also several other children as well.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Guy Libby; her first-born son, Freeman Libby; a daughter, Madeline Hotham; seven sisters; and three brothers.

She is survived by a daughter, Marie Brillard, of Thorndike; a son, Clyde Libby, of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Nathan Brillard of Thorndike, Anthony Brillard of Thorndike, Bridgette Cross of Unity, Tracey Higgins of Freedom, Allyson Lee of Troy, Sharon Caldwell of Stratton and Douglas Ward of Texas; 12 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and an 8-year-old pit bull named Drago.

Visiting hours were held Jan. 18 at Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity, where a funeral service was held Jan. 19. Spring burial will be at Center Cemetery, Thorndike.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Thorndike Congregational Church, P.O. Box 51, Thorndike, ME 04986

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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