DEXTER – Marguerite Ellen Robertson Sherburne, 95, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2012 at Dexter Health Care. She was cherished and dearly loved by all of her family and friends. She was born May 29, 1917, in Hartland, the daughter of Earle O. Robertson and Ruth (Finson) Robertson Bubar.
She married Weston R. Sherburne in 1941, moving into Weston’s great-grandfather’s farm on Ripley Road, Dexter, where she lived for the next 71 years, raising five children. Maggie, as she was known to most people, dearly loved to have family and friends around her. Her home was always open and she hosted frequent large dinners for her family and friends, all sitting around her table in the large farm kitchen, laughing, telling stories and playing cards. She was a quintessential farm cook, serving baked beans and biscuits on Saturday evenings, frying up batches of donuts and baking her special coffee bars. She was certain of the inherent goodness of dairy food, believing that butter and cream made everything better. She spent her summers on Great Moose Pond in Hartland, where Weston built her a summer cottage. She enjoyed boating and fishing and continuing to host family and friends. Marguerite was an active farm wife, driving the tractor and trucks, milking cows and doing all those farm tasks that enabled her and her husband to maintain the farm. Even as a young woman she took over as the family matriarch, embracing and holding together both her own and her husband’s families together, caring for her elderly mother-in-law, other elderly live-in boarders and the remaining members of her family. Even decades later, she was diligent in remembering her loved ones that had passed on, planting flowers in their memory. Marguerite worked on the farm as well as at Snow Flake Canning Company. She worked on the original crew at Dexter Shoe Company, from 1956 to 1968. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was active in the Couples’ Club, White Cross work, Elizabeth Towle Guild, and she taught Sunday school. She founded the Heart of Maine 4-H Club in 1950. She was a 75-year Grange member, a member of the Dexter Women’s Literary Club, Maine Cooperative Extension, serving as the president of Maine Women’s Extension in the 1980’s. During this time she traveled to Germany as state representative to the World Extension Congress.
She is survived by her children, Beverly and her husband, Ronald Watson, of Cambridge, Frances and her husband, John Carroll, of Westford, Mass., Bonnie and her husband, Paul Hayward, of Blairsville; daughter-in-law, Amanda Sherburne of Ripley, and Fred and his wife, Carol Sherburne, of Dexter; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Robertson; a cousin, Maxine Furbush of Clive, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Weston Sherburne; her son, Joseph Sherburne; and a brother, Erlfred.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at First Baptist Church, Dexter. Spring burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 573, Dexter, ME 04930 or The Abbott Memorial Library, 1 Church St., Dexter, ME 04930. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.