HOULTON and STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Mabel Marie (St. Peter) Britton, 94, a resident at Evergreen Healthcare Center, Stafford Springs, Conn., ascended to her heavenly home April 17, 2009, four days shy of her 95th birthday. She was born April 21, 1914, in Stockholm, the second oldest of 12 children to Willie and Marie (Dionne) St. Peter. Mabel’s legacy is one of hard work, an incredible love for family and an unbridled optimism. After growing up on her parents’ farm and attending two years of high school in Stockholm, she became employed as a domestic worker, with a salary of $3.00 per week and also attended night school there. After a few years, she moved to Houlton and worked as a waitress and as a clerk at JC Penney until 1941. She then went to work as a bookkeeper and payroll clerk at Houlton Air Force Base during World War II. When the war ended in 1945, Mabel married Allison Britton, who had a thriving Aroostook County sign painting business. She became a full-time secretary and bookkeeper for Allison for many years while raising their two daughters. At age 91, Mabel moved from her home of 60 years on Spring Street, Houlton, to the home of her eldest daughter, Sandra Jenks, in Enfield, Conn. Mabel was a member of Military Street Baptist Church, Houlton, for more than 50 years. She was an avid sewer, crocheter and knitter, making dozens of intricate doilies, mittens and afghans for her children, and had even made baby afghans for her future grandchildren. Mabel enjoyed spending time at “San-Bar” camp, which Allison built, on Drews Lake. She also loved her flower gardens, watching the goings-on from her porch easy chair, talking to neighbors, Sunday rides and taking care of her home. Mabel’s family, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were her greatest enjoyments in life. Mabel is survived by two daughters, Sandra Jenks and son-in-law, Eric, of Enfield, Conn., and Barbara Douglas and son-in-law, Rob, of Gorham; six grandchildren, Matt Jenks of Charlottesville, Va., Rebecca Millard and her husband, Christian, of Charlottesville, Va., Jamie Douglas of Freeport, Ryan Douglas of Manizales, Colombia, Joshua Douglas of Portland, and Amber Douglas of Lexington, Mass.; two great-grandsons, Sage Douglas Leahy of Coos Bay, Ore., and Christian Millard of Charlottesville, Va.; great-granddaughter, Courtney Millard of Charlottesville, Va.; four brothers, Lorendo St. Peter of Lancaster, Calif., Alcid St. Peter and his wife, Polly, of Gorham, Eldaige St. Peter and his wife, Carol, of Sherburne, N.Y., and Everett St. Peter and his wife, Florence, of Lisbon Falls; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, Allison Britton, in 1989; her parents; four sisters, Frances London, Deliah Marie St. Peter, Alexina Marie St. Peter and Estrid Carmichael; three brothers, Leon St. Peter, Euclid St. Peter and Willard St. Peter. Mabel’s family thanks the care givers at Evergreen Healthcare Center, Stafford Springs, Conn., for their consistent, compassionate and loving care given to Mabel during her stay with them. Thank you, Mom, for being such a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and for showing us how to love by the way you lived each day. Visiting hours will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Military Street Baptist Church, Houlton, where a funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Randall Burns officiating. A reception will be afterward in the church fellowship room. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Evergreen Healthcare Center, Stafford Springs, Conn., or Military Street Baptist Church, Houlton, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Condolences may be made at www.dunnfuneral.com.
MABEL M. BRITTON
Posted April 20, 2009, at 6:36 p.m.