BATH — M. Cynthia Footer, 90, died at home Sept 28.
On June 24, 1921, she was born in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of T. Edward and Margaret (Toothaker) Lemoine.
After her mother died when she was 6 years old she was raised by her father and stepmother Wanda Lemoine. At age 9 her family moved to Bath where she grew up and graduated from Morse High School in 1939. She attended Nasson College for one year.
During her teenage years she worked at Hallett’s Drug Store, where her future husband Robert was given a free Coca-Cola the first time he visited her at the soda fountain. They were married on April 25, 1942.
She co-founded and ran Mother Goose Nursery School with Laraine Cummings until 1968 when she began working at Sears Cooks Corner, where she spent 20 happy years, and enjoyed teaching classes on “How to cook in a microwave oven” when the appliance was first introduced.
Nothing meant more to her than spending time with family and friends. Her dinner parties and celebrations were cherished events for her family and friends, and her joyful smile and genuine friendliness drew people from across the country for annual events and special celebrations.
Open to new technology she added a computer to her den where she enjoyed getting emails and viewing pictures of her friends and family while watching her “programs.”
An avid reader who would easily complete the daily crossword puzzle, she also loved to travel and explored Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Hawaii with her husband Bob. Her daughters took her to London, Paris, and Italy when she was 80. For over 20 years she and Bob made San Diego their winter haven, staying with their daughter Judy.
A longtime community volunteer, she volunteered at Bath Memorial Hospital and Mid Coast Hospital. In recent years she found new friends among the “Mermaids” of her aquatic exercise class at the Bath YMCA. She loved watching her grandchildren at their sports events, performances, and awards ceremonies.
She was predeceased by her husband Bob and two brothers, Fred Toothaker and Jerry LeMoine.
She is survived by a brother, Dick LeMoine and his wife Judy; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Toothaker and Lois LeMoine; many nieces andnephews; six children and their families, Jane Whittaker of Five Islands and her children, Marc, Lisa, Kristin and Amy; Susan Hummer, her husband James of Bath, and their children, Julie, Joey and Janey; Judy French Lowy, her husband Ron of Poway, Calif., and her children Michael, Stephen, John and Robert; Cynthia Gabelmann, her husband Charles of Bath, and their children Caitlin, Margaret and Hannah; Mary Dulik, her husband Mark of West Chester, Penn., and their children Betsy, AJ, Kelly and Charlie; and Robert Footer, Jr., his wife Traci of Bath and their children Ryan, Noah and Cameron; 12 great-grandchildren, Madeleine Foster and Olivia, Ron, Leah, and Chelsea Berry; Lauren, Sadia, and Mollie Crosby, Dustin and Kieran Hummer, Daniella French, and Marshall Dulik.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Phippsburg Congregational Church.
Arrangements are by David E. Desmond Funeral Home.
To share your thoughts with her family, please visit desmondfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Chans Hospice and Volunteers, 60 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011, or to MHS All Sports Boosters, P.O. Box 613, Bath, ME 04530.