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PENOBSCOT - Carolyn Blodgett, a well-loved mom, Nannie, great Nannie, and friend, died on Sunday, February 1, 2015, surrounded by her loving family and wrapped in the warmth of the love and good wishes expressed by her many, many friends.

Carolyn was born at the Mitchell House in Penobscot, Maine on January 17, 1928, the daughter of Merle J. and Marie (Mitchell) Leach. After Merle's death in 1930, Marie married Carl Bridges, who became Carolyn's loving stepfather. Carolyn spent her early years in Penobscot and fondly recalled the many adventures and fun times she had with the gang from "the cove." She started high school in Gorham but returned to Penobscot to graduate from Clark High School in 1945. She went on to attend Gorham Teacher's College leaving after two years to marry the man who had earlier caught her eye during a baseball game between the rival Penobscot and Brooksville teams--Donald Blodgett was the pitcher for the Brooksville team. They were married on June 22, 1947, at the South Penobscot Baptist Church. They raised their family of five children living "over the store," -- Blodgett's General Store--a business they owned and operated for many years. As her children grew, Carolyn went back to college to finish her degree, attending the University of Maine at Orono. She commuted from Penobscot to Orono in all types of weather to complete her Bachelor's Degree in 1969--one year before her oldest son, Michael. She continued her education by earning her Master's Degree, majoring in reading and special education. Carolyn taught for many years at Brooksville Elementary School retiring in 1987. After her retirement, Carolyn remained active by volunteering her time at the Penobscot Nursing Home and the Penobscot Elementary School. Throughout her life, Carolyn was a civic minded and involved woman. She was an active member and "muffin baker" at the Penobscot Methodist Church; member and past President of the Hancock County Retired Teachers; member and past Master of the Castine Grange; member of the Hancock County Pomona Grange; past Secretary of the Retired Merchant Marine Association of Maine; past Matron and 65 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star; member and docent of the Penobscot Historical Society; and a member of the Maine and National Education Associations.

Carolyn is survived by her sister, Edith Leach of Connecticut; children, Michael and wife, Anna of Augusta, Jerry and wife, Deborah of Topsham, Donald of Scarborough, Alden and partner, Kathy Billings of Penobscot; and Jackie and husband, Robert Curtis of Blue Hill; her grandchildren, Todd, Megan and husband, Mark Garand, Jenny and partner, Jameson Hobbs, Matthew, Chandler and wife, Katie, Annmarie, and Andrea; and great-grandchildren, Maeve, Maya, and Kayleigh. She also has many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends throughout the United States. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Donald; her parents, her brother, Alan Bridges; her daughter-in-law, Leigh, and a special cousin, Kay Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Friday, February 6, at the Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home in Bucksport. A celebration of Carolyn's life will be on Saturday, February 7 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at the Penobscot Methodist Church followed by a reception from 2-4 at the Penobscot Elementary School. Those wishing may make donations to the Penobscot Methodist Church or the Penobscot Fire Department Penobscot Days fund.

Carolyn Blodgett--a life well lived among family and friends. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)
Published on  February 4, 2015
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