Gertrude's Story

Island Falls - Gertrude Helena (Callahan) Webb, 99, passed away peacefully at the Mountain Heights Health Care Facility in Patten on Sept. 30, 2016. She was born in Island Falls on Aug. 30, 1917, the daughter of Hillman Cyrillus and Matilda Audrey (Brooks) Callahan.
Gerti was known for her wonderful cooking skills. Every morning after her coffee, she would make the "dessert of the day." Every Saturday after making the dessert, she would bake 4 loaves of oatmeal bread, put in a big pot of homemade baked beans, make a potato salad and lastly, fry hotdogs in bacon grease. Her leftovers were as good as, or even better, than the original meal. She was a meticulous house keeper and sewed all of her daughters clothes until the 8th grade. She taught her children the importance of faith, family and friends and always stressed the value of having a good reputation, being honest and living by the "Golden Rule"; do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Gertrude is survived by her 4 children: sons, Ronald Fredrick Webb Jr. "Junie" and his wife, Margaret, Gary LeRoy Webb and his wife, Andrea, daughter, Gail Frances Webb Davis and husband, Brian, and son, Roger Alan Webb; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Frederick Webb Sr. "Bucky"; a sister, Hilda Bartlett; a brother, Donald Prescott; and a stepbrother, Earl Callahan.
The family would like to thank Terry and Sue Spinney of Graymoor Adult Care Home in Houlton, and for the patient, caring, and loving staff of the Patten nursing home. Thanks also to mom's long time family doctor, Dr. Blum. Thank you also to the Beacon Hospice of Bangor for easing her last moments.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Island Falls Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Whittier Congregational Church, 15 Burleigh Street, Island Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Island Falls Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 100, Island Falls, ME 04747 or the Whittier Congregational Church, P.O. Box 404, Island Falls. ME 04747. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit
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