Lenore F. Milbank, 79: Longtime hospital employee loved travel, yoga

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PORTLAND — Lenore F. Milbank, 79, of Crestview Drive, died April 21 at her home, as she wanted, with her daughter by her side.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of John B. and Myrle I. (Dube) Low. She graduated from Binghamton High School and attended Albany State Teachers College.

She married John Barhydt, and together they had a daughter, Myrle. Later, she married Walter Milbank, and with his daughter, Kara, they became a new family.

Lenore moved to Maine in 1978 with Myrle, and began working at Mercy Hospital, where she would make her career for more than 30 years before retiring.

While her daughters were growing up, Milbank served as a Sunday school teacher and a Girl Scout troop leader. She was also an accomplished seamstress. Her other passions included gardening, especially her roses, and yoga, which she practiced for over 14 years.

She also loved to travel, and visited Mexico with her yoga group. Her last time abroad was a special trip to Italy with Myrle. Milbank also enjoyed theater outings, Portland Pirates games, Saturday brunches and family dinners.

Milbank was predeceased by her husbands, John and Walter.

She is survived by her daughter, Myrle Dukette, and husband, Michael; granddaughter, Shauntel Workman, and fiance, Tony Cook; great-grandson, Nicholas; stepdaughter, Kara Coston; cousins, Irina, Maria, Chris, Karen and Fred; aunt, Noelle Helf; uncle, James Low; and other relatives. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Charlie, who was always a comfort to her.

The family is grateful to the staff of Home Instead Senior Care and Life Choice Hospice for the care and compassion they provided.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 10 Alton St., Portland. Burial will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Milbank’s memory may be made to the Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME 04092.

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