Florence (White) Fairfield Rowe

WATERVILLE – Florence (White) Fairfield Rowe, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Florence (White) Fairfield Rowe on Sept. 18, 2021. Florence was born on July 26, 1931, in Lewiston, Maine. She was the daughter of John and Addie White of Fairfield, Maine. She attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1949. Her senior year she was one of seven cheerleaders at that time. All through her high school years she worked at the Fairfield Five and Dime store on Main Street after school and Saturdays.In July 1949, Florence married Richard Fairfield from Augusta, whom she met when she and a group of friends went dancing. Dick was in the service, and after the wedding reception they left for Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was stationed. Upon their return to Maine they lived in Augusta, then relocated to Randolph where she lived for 31 years. Florence and Dick had two sons, Richard Fairfield, Jr. and James Fairfield. Her husband Richard died in 1970. In 1980 Florence married Merton Rowe and relocated to Waterville. They were together for 34 years until his death in 2011.Florence was a member of the Randolph United Methodist Church for over 65 years, and a lifetime member of the Eureka Rebekah Lodge #83 of Gardiner where she served as a Past Noble Grand and a District Deputy Marshall. Florence was employed by the State of Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages, retiring in 1984. She also attended the Augusta School of Business while working for the State of Maine.Florence was a kind and caring individual who always thought of others first. Until the very end, she continued to remember the important people in her life by sending birthday, anniversary, and holiday cards to all of her family members and special friends. Florence was predeceased by her parents, both her husbands, a baby daughter in 1955, a sister, Harriet Gurney and her husband Roland of Fairfield, and daughter-in-law, Ursula Holzkamper.Florence is survived by her son, Richard Fairfield, Jr. (Sharon) and children, Michelle Smith (Mike), Samantha Thibodeau (Troy) and three children, Ericka Fairfield (Paul Sveum) and two daughters, her son, James Fairfield (Susan), children, Jonathan Fairfield (Kelly) and two children, Jeffrey Fairfield; Mert’s children Suzanne Thurlow (Fred), son, Jefferson Daggett (Mandy Hagenaar), Robert Rowe, Mark (Kathy) Rowe and sons, Ben Brown and Matt Brown (Erin) and two children, Kirby (Linda) Rowe and daughters, Rebecca (Adam) Goodpasture and three children, and Amanda (Chris) McTigue and two daughters. Florence was blessed to have so many grandchildren and great grandchildren and she loved them all. Florence is also survived by two nieces, Mary Ann Campbell and family and Bettina (Alan) Page and family, and two nephews, Curvin (Charlene) Farnham and families, and Ronald (Linda) Farnham and daughter Cindy (Adam) Casey. Florence also had a special chosen family, Mack and Carlene Hamlin and their daughters, Mary LePan (Duane Locke) and sons, and Marsha (Donald) Demers and family and held special memories of their son, Michael.Florence’s family would like to thank MaineGeneral HomeCare and Hospice and Carlene Hamlin for the special care they gave her over the last few weeks.Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. A private family burial will take place beside her husband at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements are entrusted with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

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