PALMYRA – Martha O. Jacobsen, 71, died April 9, 2009, at her residence after battling an illness. She was born July 27, 1937, in Hamlin, a daughter of Patrick and Aurore (Paradis) Ouellette. She was raised and attended school in Van Buren. On May 17, 1958, she married Jack Jacobsen in Hartford, Conn. In her spare time she donated countless hours to St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield, and to the town of Palmyra as a ballot clerk. She enjoyed gardening, was an expert fly-tier, known for her homemade butter, avid Boston Red Sox fan, hunter and birdwatcher, enjoyed NASCAR and the quiet tranquility of nature and being at home. Martha is survived by her four children, Karen and husband, Wayne Smith, of Old Lyme, Conn., Gail and husband, Brian Rausch, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Eric and Kirk Jacobsen, both of Palmyra; brothers and sisters, Delcia and husband, Warren Butcha, of East Hartford, Conn., Robertine and husband, Rodney Carmichael, of Rochester, N.H., Marie Swanzey of Milo, Verna Parent of Tolland, Conn., Arlene and husband, Roger Bowers, of Saco, Rachel and husband, Donald LaPerle, of Rochester, N.H., Daniel and wife, Pat Ouellette, of Saco and John Ouellette of East Hartford, Conn.; and several beloved grandchildren. She also leaves behind her best friend, Debbie Niles. She was predeceased by her husband in July 1991. Funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Newport Cultural Center, 23 Water St., Newport, ME 04953. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at