Elizabeth 'Betty' F. Storer, 90

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BRUNSWICK — Elizabeth “Betty” F. Storer, 90, died peacefully March 25.

Born in Rockland to Arthur B. Farris and Mary E. Campbell Farris, she grew up in Union and attended Union High School. She later attended the University of Maine and graduated from Bliss College in Lewiston.

During World War II she was employed by the Area Rent Office in Bath and the Brunswick Naval Air Station, and later worked at Bath Iron Works. In 1968, she went to work as a secretary at Webster Junior High School in Auburn and later as a secretary for the United Methodist Church in Brunswick.

She married Harold E. Purinton in 1950. Purinton was a World War II veteran, recalled by the U.S.Navy during the Korean War and stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. She and two daughters joined him there, and she taught in the high school for the Navy. They then returned to the states and resided in Auburn.

Purinton died of ALS in 1968. In June 1969, she married Howard H. Storer and moved to Brunswick. They later built a home in Arrowsic. Their final home was the Westrum House in Topsham, where they enjoyed many friendships. Betty and Howard traveled extensively and visited all 50 states at least once. She enjoyed annual “girls weekends” with her daughters.

She is survived by her five daughters and their husbands, Dawn P. and Guy Thibodeau of Levant, Gail P. and James White of Orono, Kelsey E. Purinton and Bear Brewer of Lisbon, Mary E. and Randy Bennett of Abbot, Stacey E. and John Mathieu of Bath; a stepdaughter and her husband, Penelope J. Cary and Hosea Carpenter of Saco; a daughter-in-law, June Storer of Brunswick; as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. She was an active member of the Brunswick United Methodist Church, and memorial gifts may be made to the Brunswick United Methodist Church Library Fund, 320 Church Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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