- Martha E. Limeburner of Ellsworth left this earth peacefully surrounded by family at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on March 20, 2017. She was born in Otter Creek on November 15, 1936, the youngest child of Maurice E., Sr., and V. Ester (Tripp) Smith.
Martha attended Mount Desert Island schools in her youth, and through the years shared many wonderful stories of her life and those of others in Otter Creek, Northeast Harbor, and Bar Harbor. She loved her family and friends deeply, and she was proud to call herself a housewife, a chosen purpose in life that she took very seriously. Martha's organizational skills and love of cooking and journal keeping were legendary among family members and friends, attributes they were often thankful for. Her generosity and caring were unmatched. No one ever went away hungry from her home. Neighbors were also often blessed by her love and caring, and they would occasionally receive a hand written letter or card. She loved nature and the wildlife that surrounded and visited her home, and of course she made sure they were fed too. Her personality and unique and recognizable voice were larger than life. You always knew when she arrived, and family would then lineup for smiles, kisses, and hugs. Music was a big part of her life. Not only could she play piano and sing, she also collected a wide range of music. This world is now a little quieter without Martha, but her impact on those around her will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her son Frank B. Wallace and wife Cindy of Franklin, and daughter Linda Wallace of Hancock. Also two very special people, Nelson Jewell and his wife Shirley of Levant, who have been a part of her family for many years and did so much for her. She is also survived by grandsons Seth G. Wallace, Adam P. Jewell and his wife Laura, Wesley J. Jewell and Zachary Morneault, and granddaughter Amanda Morin and her husband Joseph; seven great grandchildren, three of whom she held very dear, Jeremiah, Emma, and Haley Jewell; a special nephew, Maurice and his wife Sharon, and a special niece, Vashti Cossette, and several more nieces and a nephew. She is survived by six step-daughters and their children and grandchildren all from out of state, including her brother and sister-in-law, Burke and Anne Limeburner of North Carolina.
Martha had many dear friends whom she held close to her heart, Joanne Smith of Georgia, Betty Doyle of Bar Harbor, Lori Albright-Lauff and her husband Bill of Pennsylvania, best friend from childhood, Marilyn Dixon of Pennsylvania, former brother-in-law Bill Wallace and his wife Lena of Northeast Harbor, special friends and caregivers Mary McGuire and her family of Ellsworth, Dale Overlock and family of Ellsworth, and Gloria Austin of Ellsworth.
Martha was predeceased by her first husband Burnham (Pop) Wallace in 1972, and her second husband, MSGT. Phillip G. Limeburner in 2007; three brothers, Maurice E. (Sonny) Smith, David N. Smith, and Shane R. Smith; a very special grandson, Benjiman N. Jewell; nephew David Smith, Jr.; and very dear friend Jane Smith; former mother-in-law, Lois Eaton, whom she loved dearly; and mother and father-in-law, Burke and Carmilita Limeburner.
Visiting hours will be held 11:00-12:00, March 25, 2017, with a funeral service at 12:00 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main Street, Mount Desert. A spring burial will be announced at a later date in Forest Hill Cemetery in Northeast Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Harbor Animal Welfare, Inc., P.O. Box 434, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
Published on  March 22, 2017