BATH — Marion M. Gilmore, 87, of Middle Street, died peacefully at her home Dec. 13, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Springfield on March 1, 1927, a daughter of Percy and Lottie Smith. In 1943, she moved to Bath, where she raised her four children with love and pride.
For 60 years, Gilmore was a member of Corliss Street Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school and attended the Baptist Women’s Group. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross for many years.
She married Richard E. Gilmore on Dec. 30, 1966, and the couple worked side by side each day, owning and operating Gilmore’s Seafood in Bath.
Together, they also enjoyed traveling; their favorite trip was to the Holy Land, where Richard was baptized in the River Jordan. Marion and Richard were also bluegrass and country music fans, and toured to hear their favorite entertainers. The couple also enjoyed boating and relaxing at the family cottage in Sebasco.
Gilmore was admired for her knitting projects and crocheted bedspreads, which she often made for others. She was also known for her profound faith, generosity, humor and love of others. She was happiest when surrounded by her friends and family, such as during the daily visits of her granddaughters, Lisa Bennett and Bethany Darling.
She was predeceased by her sons, Robert (“Bobby”) Coombs and Francis (“Buddy”) Coombs.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard E. Gilmore; sisters, Flora, Shirley, Betty, Barbara and Christine; two brothers, Percy and Wallace; two daughters, Christine (“Tina”) Coombs, of Bath, and Eleanor (“Ellie”) Rommel and her husband, Chuck, of West Bath; stepdaughter, Suzi Gilmore Ater and her husband, John; stepson, Ben Gilmore and his wife, Bette; and stepson, Kevin Gilmore. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
The family extends its thanks to the CHANS Hospice for the excellent care given to Gilmore over the last 14 months.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gilmore’s memory to the Bath Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 65, Bath, ME 04530, or to the Salvation Army, 25 Congress Ave., Bath, ME 04530.
A celebration of Gilmore’s life was held Dec. 20 followed by a gathering at the church annex.