Lillian Grace Quimby

WINSLOW – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our mother, Lillian Grace Quimby. She died Sunday Nov. 12, 2023 surrounded by her family, who rejoice knowing that God held her hand and so gently took her home

Lillian was born to Maurice and Grace Prentiss on June 4, 1932. She was the 9th of their 10 children. She graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1950. She married Erving “Duke” Quimby Jr. on Feb. 14 1951. In 1959 they moved into their home on the Abbott Road in Winslow, where they raised their nine children. It was Mom’s desire to remain on the farm until God called her home. Mission accomplished!

She did not have much during her life; her family was her life. She provided for her family by growing large gardens, picking potatoes, cleaning out hen houses, picking berries and fruits, cooking and canning to get us through the winters. In addition to raising nine children, she worked alongside Dad in the woods and in the barn. She was a demonstrator of Friendly Home Toys, hosting parties for years to make ends meet. She worked for Murdoch’s Chicken Farm in Unity, packing eggs. Later, she worked ten years as a final inspector at the Hathaway Shirt Company in Waterville. She retired at the age of 77, from her last job as a personal support specialist with Home Care for Maine.

She was a faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene in Fairfield, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 22 years. In addition to her own children, she transported many kids to Church. At times making two trips, to be sure any kid who wanted to go to church, got there. Mom had many friends in the church throughout the years and many pastors, including John Evans Sr. His son, John Evans Jr., will be officiating her funeral service.

She was predeceased by all nine of her siblings and her husband of 61 years who died on June 29, 2012.

She leaves behind all nine of her children Kay Penney of Winslow, David (Debbie) Quimby of Troy, Erving Quimby the third of Clinton, Linda Ramsdell of St. Albans, Wanda (James Dufour) McDonald of Jay, Debra (Gene) Thomas of Baldwin, Dawn Lorom of Winslow, Tammy (Shawn Casey) Morneau of Clinton, and Robin (David) Folsom of Winslow, directly across the street from Mama. David became so much more than a son-in-law to her and she knew she could count on him to be there whenever she needed him.

She is also survived by 30 grandchildren; 89 great grandchildren; and 46 great great grandchildren. She has many nieces and nephews.

Near and dear to her heart are Skip Prentiss and John Bickford who stopped by often, an amazing friend Linda Anderson, her sister-in-law Shirley Tibbetts and her niece Sally Pooler who called daily to check on how she was doing.

We cannot forget the angels that helped us care for Mom, Margo Allen, Rhonda Cote, Kristy Letourneau, Tina Booth, and the staff of Maine General Hospice including RNs: Marcia Stetson, Regan Savage, Kelly Labrun, Lynda Carrier, Social Worker: Deb Golden, Chaplain: Jane Burke. And Harry Vayo who played beautiful instrumentals for Mom.

Mom truly loved her church family and we want to thank all of them for the many cards and prayers. She always loved to hear from all of you.

A service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday Nov. 25 at the Church of the Nazarene on Main Street in Fairfield to CELEBRATE her life. She, along with her husband will be laid to rest at the McClintock Cemetery on the Nowell Road in Winslow, where honorary family member Duchess (their last dog) will keep watch.

In lieu of flowers,

please send donations

in her name to:

the Fairfield Church

of the Nazarene

81 Main Street

PO Box 146

Fairfield ME 04937

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