Wilma Rebecca (Freeman) Sargent, 91, died September 16, 2016, at her home. She was born April 9, 1925, in Milbridge, ME, the daughter of Wilbur and Vera (Chipman) Freeman.
Wilma graduated from Milbridge High School at age 15 and went for training at Eastern Maine Medical Center to become a Registered Nurse. Also during that time, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse's Corp. In 1956, Wilma joined Maine Coast Memorial Hospital as one of the original employees. She worked as a Registered Nurse in both the hospital and in doctor's offices over a 40-year career. Upon retirement, she became a volunteer at the hospital. During her nursing training, Wilma met and married Abner L. Sargent. Over the course of their 49-year marriage they worked hard to establish businesses, enjoyed travel and had an active social life with their friends. An avid golfer in later years, Wilma was well known for her putting skill.
Wilma is survived by her daughter, Rebecca J. Sargent of Ellsworth; three grandchildren, Kari J. Sargent, Rebecca Wilder and husband, Josh, and Billi J. Frost and partner, Torrey; great-granddaughter, Jessica Greenlaw; and special grand dog, Bella; three sisters, Joanne Smith and husband, James of Milbridge, Hortense Hutchins of Milbridge, and Vera Helen Robertson of Orlando, FL; two sisters-in-law, Mary "Peggy Freeman and Mary Preble; brother-in-law, Charles Sargent. Wilma was predeceased by husband, Abner Sargent; son, Randolph R. Sargent; daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" S. Spooner; brother, James Freeman; grandson, Timothy J. Sargent; and companion, Robert Clewley.
Funeral service will be held 10 am Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St, Ellsworth, with a reception to follow. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Wilma's memory to either the Sargent Family Fund, c/o Maine Coast Memorial Foundation, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605, or the Downeast Family YMCA, 238 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com