PORTLAND – Evelyn Scribner, 82, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Evelyn was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of the late Herbert and Florence Sanborn.
She attended schools in New York and Maine, and was a member of the last class to graduate from Denmark High School. Evelyn was a very talented writer, of short stories, history, educational materials, and poems. She loved research, including family genealogy. She took pride in managing her financial investments; close financial advisors of hers over the years described her as a feisty intelligent lady, who also had a dry sense of humor. Evelyn was active in Maine politics for many years, and followed political and public policy issues closely. She also loved animals of all types, and supported the work of the Animal Refuge League. While her family roots were in Maine, which she loved dearly, Evelyn also lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for a time and traveled to such places as the Soviet Union. Evelyn lived for the past six years at Seventy-Five State Street, where many people, especially Lori Maxwell, made Evelyn a welcomed member of that community. The family is also very appreciative of the compassionate support provided in Evelyn’s final days by the VNA hospice team, including Hope, Cara, and others, as well as the staff at St. Joseph’s Manor, including Nicky, Lisa, and others.
Predeceasing Evelyn were her parents, as well as her sister, Ellen Fries. Evelyn is survived by her niece, Kymberly King of Texas; and her nephew, Jonathan Fries of Texas. Also surviving are several cousins, Suzanne Austin of Kennebunk, William Sanborn of Denmark, Vaughn Sanborn of Florida, Anne Barton of Denmark, Carolyn Slayman of Connecticut, and Peter Walch of Portland.
At Evelyn’s request, there will be no funeral service. A graveside prayer service will be held in the spring at Berry Cemetery, Denmark. Donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to: Seventy-Five State Street, 75 State St., Portland, ME 04101; or VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, Suite 3, South Portland, ME 04106. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. To offer condolences and share memories, please go to www.chandlerfunerals.com.