Edith Simokaitis Churchill
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Saco - Edith S. Churchill, 95, of Saco, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2020, at Seal Rock Healthcare with her family at her side following several years of declining health. Edith was born on July 5, 1924 in Lewiston, the daughter of Barbara (Mileska) Simokaitis and Joseph Simokaitis.
Edith attended Lewiston schools and graduated from Lewiston High School. She received her RN from Central Maine General Hospital, and BS from University of Southern Maine. Edith married Byron Churchill from Presque Isle in 1948 and had one daughter, Catherine.
Edith started her career as a public health nurse in Aroostook County and then became the first school nurse in SAD # 1 (Presque Isle). She worked in Presque Isle from 1958 - 1972. She then moved to Yarmouth where she served as school nurse of the Yarmouth School District from 1972 - 1993. Following her retirement, Edith began a long career as a volunteer at Maine Medical Center in Portland and MidCoast Hospital in Brunswick. She logged in well over 5000 volunteer hours until she had to retire due to declining health at age 91.
Edith enjoyed many hobbies and was an avid reader, talented knitter, sewer and crafter. She loved knitting sweaters and mittens and making quilts for her grandchildren. Edith and Byron enjoyed spending winters in Florida and had many memories of special times with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her independence and would hop in the car and head to Connecticut to visit her family.
Edith was predeceased by her husband; parents; and brother, Joseph Simokaitis.
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Charles) Lambert of Saco; her grandchildren Peter (Beth) Lambert, Heather (Jeremy) Kidde and Douglas (Julie) Lambert; and great grandchildren Michael Lambert, Edith Kidde, Boden Kidde and Isadore Lambert.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of Beacon Hospice and Seal Rock Healthcare for their support during her final days.
A family service and celebration of life will be held in the spring. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine 04102
To view Edith's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit
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Published on January 22, 2020

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bill davis
Jan 23, 2020
rest in peace ,,,,,,you were my best help as a child with my illness,,,,,,,,,,,thank you
Gary Harmon
Jan 23, 2020
Your mom and my mother Barbara Jasper Harmon were in nursing school together. Mom relocated to Northern Maine but kept in touch with Edie over the years. I knew your mother well, by name, because my mother frequently talked fondly about her and when I moved to Portland, whenever mom visited she would arrange to see Edie. About 36 years ago my wife and I were at the Yarmouth Clam Festival with our young daughters. We were walking around the incredibly crowded festival. I had my youngest daughter on my shoulders when I thought I heard someone call my name. I stopped, looked around and didn't see anyone I recognized. Resuming my former pace, I again thought I heard someone call my n...ame. Once again I stopped and looked around when a lady who I didn't recognize stepped out of the vast crowd and asked if I was Gary Harmon. I answered yes and I'm sure I had a very perplexed look on my face because I did not recognize this very nice lady at all. In fact I don't remember ever meeting her in person unless it was when I was a very very young child. Regardless the moment she introduced herself as Edie Churchill, I knew exactly who she was and had a very nice chat catching her up on my family and parents. To this day I haven't the slightest clue how she managed to pick me out of the crowd but I'm glad she did because I would probably have never had the chance to get to know a person who was so important to my mother. Shortly after our meeting at the Clam Festival I saw her at Main Medical Center where she volunteered. I would very frequently see her at the hospital where I also worked, giving me the opportunity to get to know her a little bit and and catch up with her. I got to know her as a gentile kind woman and will always treasure our encounters. I am so very sorry for your loss.Read more
Brenda Harmon Jenkins
Jan 23, 2020
Many fond memories of Edie and her beautiful smile.
Brenda (DeGrass) Felch
Jan 23, 2020
Hi Cathy, sending you hugs and prayers as you mourn the loss of your mom. I remember working with her when I taught in Presque Isle. She was a very special nurse who truly cared about kids and their health. Love to you and your family, Brenda
Brenda (DeGrass) Felch
Jan 23, 2020
Hi Cathy, sending you hugs and prayers as you mourn the loss of your mom. I remember working with her when I taught in Presque Isle. She was a very special nurse who truly cared about kids and their health. Love to you and your family, Brenda
Ann Brown
Jan 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Aunt Edie. A great lady and a sad loss.