Etta Rita E. Gordon, 98

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FREEPORT — Etta Rita E. Gordon, 98, died on April 1 at her home.

She was born in Randolph, Mass. on Sept. 24, 1913 to John S. Croud Jr. and Anne Findlay Croud. She was educated in Massachusetts and moved to Maine at the age of 11 and finished her education in Skowhegan.

She was married to Jasper M. Easler and they had four children together. After her marriage ended in divorce, she married Omar Ray Gordon Sr. and had four children.

She worked in different shoe shops for more than 55 years, most notably Freeport Shoe and Eastland Shoe. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Freeport.

Gordon was a volunteer at the FCS Thrift Shop, enjoyed flower gardening and hand quilting. She was a Native American descendant of the Mowetuset Tribe and her Indian name was “Mother Buffalo,” which means serenity and  prayer.

She is survived by sons Ronnie L. Easler of Florida and Omar R. Gordon Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H.; daughters Virginia M. Veneziano of Madison, Lucretia A. Curtis of Lisbon Falls, Juanita B. Currier of Freeport and Kathleen M. Morrill of Freeport; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Roland D. Easler and her daughter Elean T. Marroni.

A funeral service will be held on April 7 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Freeport, 185 Main St. Burial will take place in South Side Cemetery, Maine Street, Skowhegan, on April 17 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a cancer foundation, muscular dystrophy association or church of choice.