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LINCOLN - Martha Alexander of Winn passed away February 19, 2015 at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine. Martha was born August 22, 1924 in Winterport, the fourth of eight daughters born to Samuel and Emma Butler. After graduating from Winterport High School in 1942, she worked at Filene's Department Store in Portland for three years. In 1946, while visiting her oldest sister in Winn, she met Wallace Alexander. They were married in 1948 and he remained her sweetheart for 66 years, until his death on February 18, 2014. In 1963, with lifelong friend Marilyn Pelkey, Martha started the hot lunch program at the Winn Elementary School. She continued there for three decades. To this day, former Winn students remember the homemade yeast rolls, whoopie pies, date bars and other goodies that came from that kitchen. After retiring from the hot lunch program, she continued to cook for church suppers and potlucks. Her soft molasses cookies and apple pies are legendary. Martha was an avid sports fan. She loved to follow all the sports teams at Lee Academy and, of course, her beloved Red Sox. Although she never got to see a Sox game in person, she certainly never missed one on TV. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Winn and the Daughters of Isabella.

Martha is survived by daughter. Debby, currently residing in the Washington DC area; son, Wally Jr. of Winslow; sister, Gladys Lynch of Winterport; sisters-in-law, Rachel Cyr of Millinocket and Carolyn Alexander of Lincoln Center; granddaughter, Marcella Hill of Waco, Texas; grandson, Timothy Murphy of Portland, Oregon; great grandchildren, Ally Murphy and Steven Hill; nephew and niece, Charlie and Jane Rancourt of Bangor and several other nieces and nephews; Barbara Hartford of Medway; Kathy (Alexander) McAvoy of Newport News, Virginia; and the Gabbianelli family, Mary Jane and Greg Coleman, Francis and Joanne Gabbianelli, Edward Gabbianelli and Anne Gabbianelli. Martha has been blessed with numerous faithful friends - Frank and Jeanette Moors, Tom and Lynn Vicaire, Tony and MaryAnne Ciuilla, Sally (Twist) and Hal Cole, Mollie King and Rex Stinson, Mark Miller, Bobbie Berg, and Shirley Worster, to name a few.

Visiting hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary of Lourdes on Monday at 10. a.m. with the Rev. Myles Cyr presiding. Spring interment will be at East Winn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society.

Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 20, 2015
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