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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. – Mary E. Sabine, 84, went peacefully to be with the Lord, Friday, April 24, 2009, surrounded by loving family, at her home. She was born June 5, 1924, in Littleton, the daughter of Edwin Burnham Lilley and Castine (Tingley) Lilley. She was wife of the Rev. Ralph L. Sabine, who died Aug. 9, 2004, and to whom she had been married for 61 years. She grew up in Smyrna Mills and upon marriage partnered with Ralph in his ministry. Mary and Ralph started their ministry in the Reformed Baptist Church and continued it in the Church of the Nazarene and, for the last 22 years of full-time ministry in the New Hampshire Conference of the United Methodist Church. After Ralph’s official retirement in June 1980, he and Mary remained active in ministry, especially through visitation on the shut-ins and elderly in nursing homes and hospitals for St. John’s United Methodist Church, Dover, N.H., which Mary continued after Ralph’s death. Mary and Ralph greatly enjoyed spending their summers with family and friends at their cottage at Wesleyan Riverside Campground near Mars Hill. They celebrated many special anniversaries at the campground or at home in New Hampshire, including their 40th and 60th anniversary celebrations at which they renewed their vows. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ralph; his brothers, John and Ronald; and Ronald’s wife, Lulia Sabine. Mary is survived by sons, Ralph and wife, Norine, of Lebanon, and Stephen and wife, Brenda, of Newington, N.H.; daughters, Mary-Elizabeth McKay and husband, Steven, of Ellicott City, Md., Lois McDivitt and husband, Bill, of Mapleton, Jacquelyn Timme and husband, Stephen, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Carolyn Sabine of Somersworth, N.H.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances Duron of Houlton; and sister-in-law, Winnie Sabine; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, N.H. Interment will be in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Donations may be made in her name to Wesleyan Riverside Campground, Blaine.

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