Lorna E. Goodwin, 89: Devoted mom, store worker helped design 'the Pru'

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CUNDY’S HARBOR — Lorna Elizabeth Goodwin, 89, of Oakhurst Island Road, died Aug. 8 at Mid Coast Hospital, following a courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Goodwin was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Roger T. and Elizabeth V. (Pierce) Walker.

She graduated high school in 1943 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. While a student, she volunteered her time to make bandages for the French army fighting in World War II. She also spent much time caring for her father, who was blind, and her sister.

Goodwin went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Brookline School of Arts in 1947, and then served as a designer with the firm of Metcalf & Eddy Inc. until 1952. For the next six years, she worked as a designer for Factory Mutual, as part of the team that planned construction of the Prudential Tower in Boston.

While enrolled in a taxidermy class, she met Charles E. Goodwin and moved to Maine, where the couple was married in 1959. They lived in Cundy’s Harbor and raised two children before divorcing in 1976. Lorna was a stay-at-home mom, and in her spare time painted signs and logos for local boats. She also worked at Melva’s Convenient store in Harpswell, and volunteered as a school bus helper.

Later, Goodwin took a job at KFC, which she particularly enjoyed because it allowed her to see many old friends. She was admired for her hard work, and for her devotion as a single mother. She always had a great love of animals, and enjoyed watching ducks and other birds.

She is survived by her son, Carl E. Goodwin, of Bath; her daughter, Lorraine E. Goodwin, of Bowdoinham; and two granddaughters, Heather L. Goodwin Leach and her husband, Jason, of Gardiner, and Morgan E. Temple, of Bowdoinham.

Services were to be private, and burial is to take place at Cranberry Horn Cemetery in Cundy’s Harbor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Goodwin’s name to the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick.

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