HARPSWELL — Honour Edgerton, 93, died Nov. 10 at Hillhouse Assisted Living in Bath, from congestive heart failure. Blind for several years, she never wavered in her good humor or positive outlook.
She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Jean and Carleton Buell. Her given name was Jane Buell but at age 18, her parents, persuaded by relatives, changed her name to Honour.
Edgerton attended Bristol High School, Northhampton School for Girls, and Mount Holyoke College, Class of 1943. She married Marvin Starr Edgerton in 1944. They were married for 64 years until his death in 2008.
She lived most of her first 58 years in Bristol, Conn., where she was active in the Bristol Hospital Auxiliary, the Bristol Garden Club and the Bristol Girls’ Club. She served as president of the Girls’ Club in the ’60s.
In 1978, Edgerton and her husband moved to Harpswell. She was hesitant to relocate at age 58 and leave behind friends and familiar places. So before moving, the couple explored, on foot, much of the Maine coast between Portland and Camden.
They chose Harpswell, and she thrived in Maine. She made many friends, was involved in volunteer endeavors, and was an active member of the Elijah Kellogg Church. She was a volunteer cook and tester for the Merrymeeting Merry Eating cookbook, helping ensure that recipes were accurately written and worthy of inclusion. She was also active in the Harpswell Garden Club and Kings Daughters, and gave many hours to the Mid-Coast Hospital Auxiliary.
Edgerton was an avid gardener. For her 80th birthday, local iris expert Currier McEwen created a special Japanese iris in her name. The flower is on display in the permanent collection of the Boothbay Botanical Gardens.
Edgerton spent her last two years at HillHouse Assisted Living in Bath. The staff cared for her with professionalism and love, and she considered HillHouse her home.
She is survived by her daughters, Punnie and Mary Edgerton, of Brunswick and their partners Sara Dickey and Jim McGurty; and one grandson, Daniel Edgerton-Dickey.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, ME 04079; Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, ME 04079; or Friends School of Portland, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME 04105.