Amelia Ogden Babson, 85: Lived life of gentle kindness, grace

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BRUNSWICK — Amelia “Millie” Ogden Babson, 85, died July 14 at her home in Brunswick.

On Aug. 21, 1925, she was born in Utica, N.Y., a daughter of Henry Bradley Ogden and Julia Doolittle Ogden.

She attended the Utica Country Day School, Skywood Hall, and in 1947 she graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history. While in college she met her future husband, Stanley Babson, on a blind date and they were married on Aug. 16, 1947.

As a young mother she was active in the Junior League and other volunteer activities in the communities where she lived.

An accomplished artist, she contributed to several books and many family and philanthropic artistic projects.

In 1989 she was awarded Best in Show at the Connecticut Women Artists 60th Annual Exhibit for her picture “Puzzle of Cows.”

After living many years in Hadlyme, Conn., where she studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, she and her husband Stanley moved to Brunswick in 2009 to be close to family.

For over 50 years she suffered from advanced rheumatoid arthritis, but was graced by an indelible spirit, incredible courage, a sense of humor and the loving support of her husband, her family and loyal friends.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Stanley; her sister, Elizabeth Ogden Brown; her three children, Bradley Ogden Babson, Mary Darby Babson and James Gorham Babson, and their spouses Katharine Earle Babson, Michael Dumont and Colette McInerney Babson; her seven grandchildren, Oliver Doolittle Babson, Augusta Stevens Babson, Sam Raymond Monahan, Luke Ogden Monahan, Anne Michelle Monahan, Adam Caleb Babson and Andrew Fox Babson; and her three great-grandchildren, Riley Quinn Monahan, Liam Michael Monahan, and Skylar Zembruski Babson.

The family will arrange for memorial services at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and family simply think of Millie, her life of gentle kindness and grace, and do something kind for someone.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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