WINNIFRED RINES CROCKER

Posted Sept. 23, 2008, at 12:55 p.m.

WINNIFRED RINES CROCKER – DEXTER – Winnifred Rines Crocker, 87, passed away Sept. 20, 2008, at a local hospital. She was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Athens, a daughter of Amos and Beatrice (Trueworthy) Rines. She graduated from Somerset Academy in 1937 and continued her education at Farmington Normal School, graduating in 1940. She then married the love of her life, E. Carl Crocker. It was wartime and they moved to Newport, R.I., where Carl worked in the manufacturing of torpedoes throughout the war. It was during those years their children were born. After returning to Maine, she began her professional life as an educator. She taught school in Lincoln and later in Dexter. After receiving her Master of Education from the University of Maine in counseling, she worked as a guidance counselor at Garland Street School, Bangor; Nokomis High School, Newport; and Bangor High School, retiring in 1981. She and Carl then enjoyed many winters in Florida. She was a faithful and dearly loved member of First Baptist Church, Dexter, for more than 50 years, where she served as a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher, a member and president of Elizabeth Towle Guild and in many other capacities, including Macedonian Ministries to other churches. As a member of the American Baptist Women, she was a featured speaker at many of their events through the years. Freddy was a 50-year member of the teaching sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chapter, Bangor. Her community work included the Sunshine Club, Dexter Literary Club, Dexter Grange and a member, as well as president, of Dexter Public Health Association for many years. She was known as an entertaining public speaker in the area communities. She is fondly remembered as being devoted to her family and her faith, her kind hospitality to all, her sense of humor, her positive outlook, her love of current politics, and her joy in gardening and nature. As a teacher and friend, she encouraged those she met. She is survived by her son, Barry Crocker and his wife, Ruth, of Hampden; and her daughter, Shirley Grant of Dexter. Her grandchildren include, Matthew Grant and his wife, Kathleen, of Dover-Foxcroft and their daughters, Abigail, Maygan and Emelia; Kelly Crocker Fish and her husband, Kevin, of Hampden and their daughters, Courtney and Cassidy; Amy Grant Thurlow and her husband, Chad, of Newburgh and their children, Chloe and Ben; Cory Crocker and his wife, Yuko, of Gray and their children, Kylie and Kelsey; and Sara Grant Martinelli and her husband, Joshua, of Simsbury, Conn. She is also survived by her sister, Janet Rines of Dexter; as well as several loving members of Carl’s family and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, E. Carl Crocker in 1995. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Gordon, Philip and Waldo Rines; and her sister, Maxine Lothrop. Her son-in-law, William Grant passed away in 2006. Visiting hours will be held 4-6:30 p.m. Monday at Crosby-Neal Funeral Home, Dexter. Her funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dexter First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church – Children’s Summer Camp Fund, 5 Main Street Hill, Dexter or the Sunshine Club, care of Nancy Baldwin, 59 Acadia St., Dexter.

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