MAPLETON – Bertha E. Skidgel, 91, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at a Van Buren nursing home. She was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Castle Hill, the daughter of William C. and Bertha I. (Richardson) Boyles. Bertha graduated from Mapleton High School in 1937. For many years she worked as a bookkeeper for Singer Co., Main Street, Presque Isle, as well as Converse Shoe. Bertha loved the outdoors, especially fishing. She would take her pole and bait to fish at Reality Road, Pinkham Road, Fish River Falls or wherever she could drop a line. She was also fond of the drives she and her son Geoff would take in the fall to admire all the changes in trees and landscape. Bertha was a beautiful seamstress and enjoyed crocheting. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by them. She is survived by a son, Geoffrey P. Skidgell and his wife, Susan, of Mapleton; and four daughters, Norma Rockwell of Old Town, Jean Paradis and her husband, Roland, of Bristol, Conn., Barbara Clark and her husband, Edward, of Ashland and Shirley Chesnutt and her husband, Charles, of Brunswick. She also leaves behind a brother, Arthur Boyles of Castle Hill; 19 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; a special great-grandson, Kyler Clark; and a special friend, Vivian Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Cecil N. Skidgel; three brothers, Rueben, Wallace and Bud; and four sisters, Captolia, Hazel, Martha and Viola. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle, with Pastor Nathan Gardiner officiating. Friends may call 1 p.m. until the time of service. After the service refreshments will be offered in the reception area of the funeral home. Committal services will take place in the spring at Southside Cemetery, Mapleton. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in her memory to Mapleton Fire Company, P.O. Box 500, Mapleton, ME 04757. Arrangements in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.