- Marilyn A. Baggett, beloved wife of John D. Baggett, passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2016, in Portland, ME. She was born in Verona, on March 26, 1931, the only daughter of Percy and Mary (Hopkins) Leighton.
She was a lifetime resident of Verona Island but spent many years traveling with her Air Force career husband, John, to assignments in Arkansas, Texas, Idaho, Kansas, Delaware, and Germany. Marilyn was active in town affairs and was a member of the Verona Island Planning Board for many years. She also served many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bucksport Regional Health Center, member and past president of Verona Island Women's Club and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Verona Democratic Committee.
Marilyn had an abiding love for all of nature's splendor, especially birds, on which she spent a small fortune maintaining many feeders year round. He house pets, Fiona the dog and Pickles the cat, were a special joy for her. Marilyn was an outstanding cook and for years she was the "biscuit maker" for public suppers held by the Verona Women's Club. Her family was the most important thing in her lift. Regardless of her busy personal schedule, she always found time to attend and support sports and other activities her children and grandchildren were engaged in, including as a Den Mother in the Girl Scouts, etc.
She is survived by her husband, John D. Baggett, of 62 years, 4 children, Barbara Heard and her husband, Rev. Dr. James Heard of Ellsworth, Michael Bowden and his wife Shelley of Verona Island, Buddy Bowden and his wife Tere of Cancun, Mexico, and Jill Alward of Santa Ana CA, 8 grandchildren, Troy Bowden, Andrew Heard, Deanna Leathers, Chrystal Bowden, Rebecca Alward, Nathan Bowden, Cinthia Rodriguez, and Charlie Rodriguez, 11 great grandchildren, Ariel, Tyler, Celeste, Blake, Alec, Caleb, Gabriel, Hunter, Dustin, Madeline, and Gael.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, and 2 brothers, Dale and Milton Hopkins, one son-in-law, Harold Alward.
Marilyn's immediate family wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for the kindness of her cousin, Cora Webster, who drove Marilyn to many functions, our beloved daughter-in-law, Shelley Bowden, for her dedication and diligence in having spectacular family events for all the holidays. They would also like to thank Dr. John Bjorn of the Bucksport Regional Health Center for his patience, perseverance and superior medical skills in treating the several illnesses afflicting Marilyn's health during her later years. We believe that his actions resulted in extending her life by several years.
A celebration of Marilyn's life will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Peter Remick officiating at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home 28 Elm St., Bucksport. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service, from 10-11 a.m. A reception with refreshments at the Verona Town Hall, School Street, off U.S. Rt. 1, directly behind J.D.'s Island Market. ()