Barbara Coffin Fogg, 82: Spirited mom of five who loved family

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FREEPORT — Barbara Coffin Fogg, 82, a woman who loved life, family and friends, died peacefully at home on May 3. 

On March 2, 1928, she was born in Freeport, a daughter of David Mallett and Elizabeth Moller Coffin and attended local schools, graduating from Freeport High School in 1946.

On June 4, 1948, she married Edwin Harris Fogg and began their life together building a house on Old County Road in Freeport, where they lived and raised their five daughters until they retired in 1976 and built a home on Wolfe’s Neck.

Before she had children, she worked at L.L. Bean. After her children were older, she worked at Freeport High School until returning to L.L. Bean in 1965, where she remained until her retirement in 1985. 

Family life was most important to her, and she found ways to bring her family together nearly every weekend through parties, camping and boating. For many years the family enjoyed an annual visit to The Balsams in Dixville Notch, N.H.

In later years, she and Eddie enjoyed traveling, taking trips in their motor home around the country, cruises to the Caribbean and vacations in Puerto Rico.

At home, she was often found working in her gardens. She also enjoyed sewing and knitting many items for her family, and learned how to use a computer.

She also wrote her memoirs, “Memories and More.”

A 50-year member of the First Parish Congregational Church in Freeport, she taught Sunday school, served as a  Deacon and was a member of the Couples Club.  

She enjoyed the family pets and was very close to her cat, “Kitty,” who was with her during her illness this past year.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Rebecca Fogg Stilkey, in 2008, son-in-law David Stilkey in 2009, and son-in-law David DeGrandpre in 1991.  

Surviving are her beloved husband of 61 years, Edwin; four daughters, Brenda and husband John Skillin of Freeport, Gayle and husband Bruce Gordon of Tierra Verde, Fla., Gloria DeGrandpre and companion Jack Doughty of Freeport, and Robyn and husband John Peskovitz of Freeport; five grandchildren, John Skillin, Jr., and wife Rachael, Sonya and husband Troy Voutour, Allison Lumsden, Katharine DeGrandpre, and Karen DeGrandpre; three great-grandchildren, Griffin Day, Amelia Skillin and Caroline Voutour; two sisters, Edith Mitchell of Freeport and Evelyn Holme of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and their families; sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews.  

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. 

Online tributes can be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Parish Congregational Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, ME, 04032.

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