HAMPDEN – Florence “Peggy” Laura Girouard, 96, passed away peacefully March 23, 2007, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born Feb. 23, 1911, in Hampden, the daughter of Melvin C. and Laura (Annis) Patterson. Florence grew up in Hampden, attended Hampden schools and was a graduate of Gilman’s Business School. Peggy lived most of her life in Hampden, where she was a member of the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church. She worked for many years at the University of Maine in Orono, as a custodian. Florence was a lovely and gentle lady, who enjoyed working in her flower gardens. Florence was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Joseph Girouard in 1975; and by three brothers, Alton “Pat”, Amos and Harold Patterson. She is survived by a stepson, William Girouard of Albany, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Bailey of Gastonia, N.C.; step-grandchildren, great-great- stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held later in the spring at Locust Grove Cemetery, Hampden, at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence or memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com