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SOUTH PORTLAND, ME 04106-3802
Hobbs Funeral Home
South Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 799-4472
Elizabeth A. Hobbs
South Portland, Maine
Hobbs Funeral Home
Phone: (207) 883-5599
June 14, 1931 - September 18, 2014
PORTLANDMildred E. Swett, 83, of Portland went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
She was born on June 14, 1931, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Stanley and Lucy (Berry) Zaborski, and educated in Portland and South Portland schools.
Mildred was a loving and generous mother to her children, Arthur (Artie) and Catherine (Cathy), and was a stay at home mom until they were in high school. She was faithful in attending all their activities: games, tap recitals or gymnastic meets. Later, when her children were in high school, she went to work as a receptionist for a local chiropractor. There were always relatives or friends at the house. She was a very sociable person, who loved people and was easy to get along with. Mildred loved to sing, and her home was always filled with music and laughter. Family was important to her and when the family was growing up, they spent lots of time traveling to visit her sister in New York and her brother in Ohio. Many of the family enjoyed her date squares around the holidays. She spent several winters in Naples, FL with her husband, Fred, still always spending precious time with her family. She developed Alzheimers later in life and resided with her son, Arthur, until he died. She then lived with her daughter, Cathy, for a year. She spent many Fridays having lunch with her daughter at Friendlys and playing Scrabble afterwards. Mildred also loved spending time with her grandchildren. She later resided at the Windham Residential Facility, where she will be remembered for her smiles and hugs.
Mildred attended Grace Baptist Church with her daughter, where she was a member. She had many wonderful friends there who loved her.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Mildred was predeceased by her husband, Frederick H. Swett (2005) and son, Arthur S. Gallant (2010). She is also predeceased by her younger sister, Emily and one brother who died at birth.
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine L. White and son-in-law Gary D. White of Portland; grandchildren, Tammy, Joleen, Chris, Jesse, Artie and Travis; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild; sister, Theresa L. Glynn of FL; brother, Stanley Zaborski of OH.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, September 22 at Grace Baptist Church, 476 Summit Street in Portland. Burial will be at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: Alzheimers Association, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.
August 25, 1916 - September 15, 2014
Mildred was born in Sherman Mills, ME on August 25, 1916, and moved to Portland, ME at the age of 12. Following the death of her beloved husband and soulmate of 44 years, Chester A. Ripley, in 1987, she moved to Virginia Beach, VA to be near her daughters and was a resident for 27 years. She was a charter member of the Munjoy Hill Church of God, Portland, ME (headquartered in Cleveland, TN) where she was the church clerk for 25 years. She also attended the Park Ave. COG in Portland, ME and in recent years the Azalea Garden COG in Virginia Beach, VA with her favorite pastors, Dr. Rodney Vickers and Pastor Aubrey Maye. She was a lifetime member of the National Huntley Association. During WWII, she served her country at the Southworth Machine Shop in the making of ammunition. After raising her two daughters, she was employed by King's Dept. Store, retiring after 9 years at the age of 62. She and her husband travelled to Hawaii and frequently to Florida after her retirement.
She was the daughter of the late William E. and Ella M. Huntley of Scarborough, ME. She was preceded in death by her precious, beloved daughter, Wanda L. Brock (Spouse: Cecil), age 60, in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, William E., Harold and Arthur Huntley, and by her sisters, Bertha Brown (at age 50), Estella Lane (at age 90) and recently Pearl Parker (at age 99).
She was a loving, devoted, over-protective mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and made the BEST apple pie! Her prized flower garden of roses, peonies (her pride & joy), dahlias, iris, jonquils, hydrangeas and impatiens was her favorite hobby! She definitely had a "green thumb"! She was also a breeder of Pekinese dogs and adored her personal pets! They were her "fur-babies"! In her early married life, she and her husband owned a cottage on Highland Lake where they loved to entertain family and friends. In later years, they loved to fish for salmon for hours on their boat docked at Sebago Lake, ME.
Left to cherish her memory are her dedicated, devoted daughter, Margo G. Huff (Spouse: Don), and youngest sister, Marjorie Libby (Spouse: Kendall) of Oxford, ME. She also leaves four grandsons of Virginia Beach: Edward Huff (Spouse: Wendy), Cecil II, David and Michael Brock (Spouse: Dana). She also leaves a granddaughter, Robin Waters (Spouse: Kenneth) of Maricopa, AZ and a step-granddaughter, Kathi DePlacito (Spouse: Joe) of Savannah, GA. She leaves 4 great-grandsons, 3 great-step-grandchildren and two great-great twin step-grandsons. She leaves a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Her love and devotion to God and family were her greatest attributes!! Her goal each week was to make it to the House of God to worship! She did so each week until her confinement due to health issues at age 97! She was a very spirited woman whose determination was inspirational!
Special thanks to Akisha Wimbush who has been faithful to be there for her the past 6 years and has become more like a granddaughter to her, although she was her previous stay-at-home caregiver. Mildred resided at Marian Manor Assisted Living for 16 months before her decline. She was loved and cared for by many friends and staff members! The family would like to especially thank Dr. Louis Croteau MD for his endless care and concern.
She was blessed with a very long life and will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but she will live forever in our hearts! Her "...cares all past, Home at last...ever to rejoice!"
July 13, 1958 - September 14, 2014
July 13, 1958-September 14, 2014
Michael J Clifford of Bixby, OK passed away on September 14, 2014. Michael was born to Herbert and Gertrude Clifford, in Biddeford, ME on July 13, 1958. He graduated Marshwood High School, Eliot, ME in 1975. He furthered his education by earning his bachelor's degree from the business school at the University of Maine.
Michael was predeceased by his father, Herbert B. Clifford in January, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan (Carson) Clifford, Bixby, OK; mother, Gertrude Clifford, Cape Elizabeth, ME; grandmother, Alma Clifford, Hampton, NH; brothers, Robert J. Clifford, Cape Elizabeth, ME, and Mark Clifford and wife Louise of Rangeley, ME; sons, Eric Clifford of South Berwick, ME; Jeffrey Clifford and wife Abby of Las Vegas, NV; Hillary Clifford and fiancè Roy Morgridge of South Berwick, ME; grandchildren, Sierra Lynn Clifford, Cameron and Maya Clifford, and Mason and Carter Morgridge; many nieces and nephews and extended family.
Michael had a heart of gold and a great personality, earning the nickname "Smiley". He played sports all of his life, baseball was his favorite. He played softball most of his adult life. He loved his family and would do anything for them. They all spent time in St. Maarten each year and had great times. He will be missed greatly by all. In our hearts he will live forever.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME.
June 27, 1942 - September 13, 2014
South Portland - Ruth Elaine Kimball 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 13, 2014. She was born Ruth Elaine ODonnell in Portland, Maine on June 27, 1942, to parents Philip T. and Thelma J. ODonnell. Ruth had a wonderful childhood growing up on Munjoy Hill in Portland, attending her beloved Cathedral School, spending time up country with family and playing with friends.
On May 7, 1960, she married her loving husband of 54 years, Peter J. Kimball Sr.
Peter and Ruth raised three beautiful children, Sister Christine, Gardi and Jeff. Ruths professional career spanned 37 years as a Unit Secretary in PACU at Maine Medical Center.
She had a wonderful Irish sense of humor, loved life, people and her pets. Her kindness had no limits, she was always there for her family and friends to talk to, to give a hug or a special I love you dear to her children when they needed it. Ruth will be missed dearly but her love for her family and friends will stay with us always.
Ruth's loving family includes husband Peter, daughters Christine and Gardi, son Jeff, grandsons Zakry and Cassidy, great-grandson Jordan sisters Patty and Maryjane, brother Philip, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 pm Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Hobbs Funeral Home 230 Cottage Road South Portland, Maine 04106. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Portland. Interment will be 11am Friday at the Community of Resurrection in Ottisfield.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
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Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (207) 799-4472 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
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We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
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