DOVER-FOXCROFT – Virginia "Ginny" (Randall) Bragdon, 86, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, March 2, 2012, at Maine General Hospital, Augusta. She
was born July 22, 1925, in St. Albans, the daughter of Leo and Phyllis (Hamilton) Randall.
She graduated from Higgins Classical Institute, Charleston. Ginny married Elvin Bragdon, Nov. 4, 1944, and enjoyed 53 years of marriage. She led an active and full life. Her love of family, civic duty and mankind in general translated into a lot of hard purpose-driven work. Ginny served on SAD 68 school board for many years. She served some of those years as chairman and chairman of joint board of SAD 68 and Foxcroft Academy. In 1967 Ginny and Elvin started Bragdon’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses, Dover-Foxcroft. She continued to operate the flower shop until her retirement in 2003. Ginny was politically active and served as chairman of Dover-Foxcroft Republican Party and on the Maine state board. She headed up local re-election campaigns for many years. Her annual Piscataquis Republican lobster dinners were famous and well attended. Ginny was a wonderful, loving, hard working mother of eight. She taught her children in word and deed that every person was important in God’s eyes. Ginny and her husband, Elvin, instilled in their children a good work ethic, integrity, and a love of reading, poetry and education. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many clothes for her children. From the huge family gardens she canned an average of more than 1,000 quarts of preserves for many years. Ginny was accomplished with many aspects of home decor and maintenance, and when she painted the house by herself, she even did the 34-foot peak!
She is survived by her children, Randon Bragdon and his wife, Judith, of Bangor, Sharon
Hamilton and her husband, James, of Waterboro, Sheila Miller and her husband, Gary, of Raymond, Brenda Ziray and her husband, Andrew, of Glen Gardner, N.J., Jean Richie and her husband, Peter, of Bangor, Peggy Gilbert and her husband, Charles, of Dixmont, Julia Bragdon and her husband, David Campbell, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kevin Bragdon of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Donald Randall and his wife, Betty; brother, Wendall Randall and his wife, Charlene; sister, Carol Munson and her husband, Carroll; sister, Marilyn "Mary" Hill; her uncle, Earle Randall of Newport; Elsie Holley of Boston; 12 first cousins, 38 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 180 nieces and nephews. Ginny was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Dennis, Vinal, Leo Jr. and Bob; sisters, Arline Merry and Joan "Polly" Hill. The family expresses its appreciation to the staff at Woodlands Memory Unit, Hallowell, for the warm and supportive care, which Ginny received there for more than five years. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Maine General Augusta Floor A3 for the compassionate care and support of Ginny and her large family during her final days.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer, where relatives and friends are invited to call 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. A spring interment will be at Village Cemetery, Sangerville. Condolences to the family may be expressed at