Margery L.P. Lebel, 86: Elvis fan dedicated life to family, nursing

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BRUNSWICK — Margery Louise Perkins Lebel, 86, died peacefully at Horizons Living and Rehab Center on July 30, after complications from a fall and head trauma earlier this year.

She was born Jan. 4, 1929, in Dresden, to George and Alice Perkins. She was the second of three children, with an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Cleora.

After attending Bridgton Academy, Margery graduated in 1951 from nursing school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. That year, she also started her nursing career at Bath Memorial Hospital. She went on to serve at Regional Hospital, and eventually retired in 2011 because of physical limitations from Mid Coast Hospital. Perkins loved being a nurse, and her coworkers affectionately called her “Marge in Charge.”

Perkins’ other great love was her family. She was married to her husband, John, for 60 years, and together they raised three children, Gary, Cindy and Terri. The family grew over time to include six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

Perkins enjoyed spending time with her family at their cottage on Damariscotta Lake. She loved fishing the lake for white perch, and never tired of dining on them. She also enjoyed many other activities at the camp, including sunbathing, water skiing and simply being in the water.

Her hobbies included collecting frog and owl figurines, flower gardening, playing cards and cribbage, music, and watching favorite television shows, such as “General Hospital.” She also collected “anything Elvis,” and was thrilled when she toured his Graceland home in 1994, and equally excited to see a well-known Elvis impersonator in 2014. “Wonder of You” was her favorite Elvis song.

Perkins was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2012, and her brother, Robert, in 1984.

She is survived by her son, Gary Lebel; her two daughters, Cindy Levesque and Terri Baker; a daughter-in-law, Andrea Lebel; her sons-in-law, Norman Levesque and Clyde Baker; her grandchildren, Liza and her husband, Nick, Luke, Renee, Christopher, Ashley and Justin; and her great-grandchildren, Nora Grace, Tobin, Enoch and Ada Truth.

Perkins’ family would like to thank the staff at Horizons Living and Rehab Center and CHANS Hospice for their support, kindness and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Care, CHANS Home Health Care, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011-3200.

Visiting hours will be held at Desmond Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10-11 a.m., followed immediately by a funeral. Committal will then take place at Oak Grove Cemetery. A celebration of Perkins’ life will be held from noon to 4 p.m., at the Elks Lodge in Bath.

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