Edith's Story

Portland - Edith Dickinson Weber, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Portland, Maine on September 30, 2016. Edith was born in Houlton, Maine, the daughter of Hal and Mabel Dickinson. She was a proud member and salutatorian of the Houlton High School class of 1942. She attended Ricker College until her marriage in 1944 to Justin "Fred" Weber. They lived in Washington, D.C. and Houlton, ME and then in Milford, ME. Edith was an active member of the Old Town Baptist Church. After moving to Brewer in 1956 she joined Calvary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and served in many capacities. For many years she worked as a Claims Deputy at the Maine Employment Security Commission in Bangor where she was known for her "Great Decisions and Fine Root Beer."
After retirement she and Fred traveled widely, visiting National Parks and friends and relatives along the way. Winters were spent as volunteers at the Africa Inland Mission Retirement Center in Florida and summers at their camp on Holbrook Pond. They later moved to Augusta and then to The Woods at Canco in Portland.
Edith touched the lives of countless people with her caring and openhearted nature. Her friendships stretched from elementary school classmates to her most recent caregivers, all of whom she connected with in a deeply personal and empathetic way, and she made it a point to stay in touch with them over the years. She was always ready with a poem or song for every occasion, and her memory for poetry and songs was prodigious. She was famous for her homemade doughnuts, Madeline's blueberry pie, and raspberry pie that she made with wild raspberries she picked herself.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of seventy-one years, Fred, her brother, Jerome Dickinson, sisters, Leah Magurn and Elizabeth McConnell, and her daughter, Ellen Nimon. Survivors include her daughter Carlene Craib and her husband, Doug, and son Ted Weber and his wife, Dawn, five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all of whom she cherished. She was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman whose "children rise up and call her blessed."
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on October 28 at the First Baptist Church in Portland, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Donations in Edith's memory may be made to The Africa Inland Mission, P.O. Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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