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Evelyn B. Tibbetts

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MILBRIDGE - Evelyn B. Tibbetts, "Nanny/Nannie," 87, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 7, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Evelyn was born June 2, 1925, in Cherryfield, daughter of the late Leroy and Lois Corliss.

In 1946 Evelyn married the love of her life, Gerald E. Tibbetts, who predeceased her May 5, 1981. She was employed for many years at Milbridge Elementary School as a cook with her lifelong friend, Vera Roberts. She also enjoyed wreathing, raking blueberries and packing eggs at Gays Dairy Farm. Evelyn was a lifelong resident of Washington County. Evelyn enjoyed sitting outside on her porch swing in the summer, walking in her gardens and bird watching. No family gathering was complete without her famous potato salad or apple pie. Evelyn was a devoted member of the Baptist church in Harrington.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Linda Beal and husband, Barney, of Milbridge, Sharon Trapp and husband, John, of Addison and Jerry Tibbetts and wife, Nancy, of Bar Harbor; her brother, Ernest Corliss of Milbridge; her sister, Hazel Anderson and her partner, Preston Smith, of Cherryfield; and her sister, Lillian Strout and husband, Alton, of Milbridge. Evelyn loved her grandchildren and their families very much. She enjoyed spending time with them and being their Nanny/Nannie kept her young. She has many memories of Richard "Ricky" Dorr and his wife, Tammy, and their children, Devin, Dustin and Gabriel, of Leavenworth, Kan., Zandra Campbell of Columbia Falls and her children, Justin, Evvy, Colton and Aedan, Tiffany Call and husband, Rick, of Londonderry, N.H., and their children, Shaela and her son, Elias, Elandra and her unborn angel, Exie, Courtney Tibbetts and wife, Melissa, of Poland, Maine, and their children, Alan and Gerald "JR," Jasmine Locurto and husband, Joe, of Steuben and their children, Kaitlyn and Brooklyn, Toby Beal and his fiancee, Tara, of Auburn and his son, Jakob, Susie Wilbur and husband, Sean, of Charleston, S.C., and their daughter, Anna, Mary "KK" Bouchey of Addison and her children, Brooke and Daniel, Samantha Floyd and husband, Sammy, of Milbridge and her children, Michael, Lane and David, and Abby Andrews and husband, Matt, of Davenport, Iowa, and their children, Blake and Madison. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and special friends. Evelyn will be missed by her neighbor, Joanne Beal, who visited her faithfully every day bringing her the daily jumble; and by her dear friend, Rachel Leighton who she enjoyed going to Beano with. Rachel always knew when she needed a pick me up and they were always there for each other like true friends should be. Evelyn was predeceased by her granddaughter, Carrie Trapp, Aug. 16, 1989; her brothers, Roland Corliss and Earl Corliss; her longtime friend, Vera Roberts; the pea to her pod, Mona Rice; and her Beano buddy, Patty Phinney.

Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Harrington Baptist Church, 1 Forest Hill Road, Harrington. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Harrington Baptist Church officiated by Evelyn's dear friend, Pastor Danny Davis. After the service there will be a private burial at Pine Grove Cemetery, Cherryfield. After the burial, friends and family are asked to gather together at Harrington Baptist Church to share their memories of Evelyn. At Evelyn's request, she asks that all attending wear something pink in her memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in her name to Harrington Baptist Church, 1 Forest Hill Road, Harrington, ME 04643. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 8, 2012
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