Margaret C. Batchelor, 95: Longtime resident devoted herself to family, community

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YARMOUTH — Margaret “Peg” (Collins) Batchelor, 95, formerly of Yarmouth, died in Portland on Feb. 26, surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Portland, to Ernest Alfred Collins and Catherine Tupper Collins. After growing up in Portland, she moved to Yarmouth in 1943 and was a resident there for 66 years.

She and her husband, William “Buck” Batchelor, were self-employed in the marine worm industry. Outside of work, she was very creative. She loved participating in arts and crafts activities, was a master pie-baker, and enjoyed gifting family and friends with her homemade “buckeye balls.” She participated in a neighborhood association and was a member of the Yarmouth Grange for 48 years, holding several offices in the organization.

Throughout her life, Batchelor was known for her generosity and her devotion to her family. In her later years, she also came to enjoy many friendships at Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living Community.

She was predeceased by her husband, after 68 years of marriage; a daughter, Catherine Forbes, wife of Freeman Forbes; and an infant son, William Earl Batchelor. She was also predeceased by brothers Alfred, Stuart and Beverly Collins and sisters Doris Prindal, Lillian McGee and Anna Curit.

She is survived by daughter Sandra Hudon and her husband, Armand; daughter Geraldine “Geri” Hayward and her husband, Dale; son William “Buck” Batchelor Jr. and his special friend, Cheryle Owen; son Franklin Earl Batchelor and his wife, Betsy; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. 

Batchelor’s family would like to thank the staff at Birchwoods and at Hospice of Southern Maine for their care and emphasis on treating her with dignity and kindness.

A graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth will be held in the spring. 

Donations in Batchelor’s memory may be sent to The Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living Community, c/o Activities Account, 86 Holiday Drive, Portland, ME 04103.

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