Apache Junction, AZ
- Muriel Arelene (Britton) Blotner passed away peacefully in her home in Apache Junction, AZ, January 29, 2017, just 2 days shy of her 80th birthday, her husband Norman, by her side. Muriel was the daughter of Blanche (Herrick) and John Winslow, and sister to Winifred Shaw, Harold Britton, John Winslow and James Winslow. She leaves behind her brother, James of Apache Junction, AZ, to carry on the memories of their childhood in Westfield, Maine.
Muriel met the man of her dreams, Norman Blotner, on a blind date when she was 18 years old. How lucky was she to have found "the one" and spend the next 60 years building a life and family together! Muriel and Norman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2016. Family meant everything to Muriel, she was a devoted wife and an amazing mother to her four daughters, Glynn McLaughlin of San Diego, CA, Myrna McKeen of Presque Isle, ME, Robin Turnbull of Portland, ME, and Shana Blotner of Portland, ME;, and welcomed 3 wonderful sons-in-law into the family, John McLaughlin, Garry W. McKeen and David Turnbull. Muriel was incredibly proud and adored her grandchildren, a beloved Mimi to them all. Mimi leaves a legacy of love and laughter filled with memories of Portage Lake summers, delicious baked goods and board games in the hearts of her grandchildren, Kevin McLaughlin, Erin McLaughlin, both of San Diego, CA, Aarone McKeen Durocher and husband, David, Portland ME, Garry A. McKeen of Casa Grande, AZ, Jacob Turnbull and wife, Alexandra, Portland, ME, Elena Turnbull of Redlands, CA, Zaeda Blotner of Emden, Germany; and great-grandson, Ethan Durocher; as well as the children and families of the Newman and Bedell Streets neighborhood in Portland, where she was considered the honorary neighborhood grandmother.
After raising their family in Presque Isle, Maine, and managing Montgomery Ward for 8 years, Muriel and Norman took to the road and headed West. They settled in Apache Junction, Arizona, where they spent more than 20 winters. Together, they enjoyed their second youth in the Superstition Sunrise Community, making friends, volunteering, discovering new hobbies and playing tour guide to visiting family and friends. Mimi and Cooky (Norman) left their mark wherever they went ... always together! When the weather got too hot, the couple returned to Maine, spending their summers at the family camp in Portage Lake, where Mimi loved to swim, watch the loons and admire the breathtaking sunsets ..."Heaven on Earth" she would say.
Muriel was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for more than 50 years, the Red Hat Society and volunteered at the Paz de Cristo Community Center and Food Bank in Mesa, AZ. She leaves behind a lifetime of dear friends from her life in Maine, nieces, nephews; sisters-in-law, Louise Britton of Presque Isle, ME, Roxanna Albert of Mars Hill, ME, Lillian Blotner of Portland, ME, and Barbara and Richard Michelson of Lexington, MA; as well as her dear Super-Sun neighbors and friends.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date. Her beloved husband, Norman, will continue to live in Arizona. He requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Muriel's memory to the Paz de Cristo Community Center, 424 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85210, 480-464-2370, www.pazdecristo.org.
Published on  February 4, 2017