Mary B. Hilbert, 77

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HARPSWELL — Mary B. Hilbert, 77, of Harpswell, died April 25 after a courageous battle with cancer. She spent her final days under the loving care of her husband, Barry Hilbert, at their home on Bailey Island.

Hilbert was born Mary Jeanne Bennett on Sept. 29, 1935, in Thompson Falls, Mont. She was the eldest of four children to W. Roy and Alice Smith Bennett. She was the sister to LeDrew Bennett, of Maple Grove, Minn., Fletcher Bennett, of Sarasota, Fla., and Susan Sturgeon, of Frederick, Colo.

Hilbert graduated from the University of Maine in 1957 and was an active member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She spent many years in the Camden and Rockland area and served as a head ­teller at People’s Heritage Bank. She participated in Red Hat Society luncheons, and was an active golfer, online bridge player, and member of PEO.

She spent many hours watching her family splash in the pool and hosted numerous lobster feeds with friends from near and far. She loved watching the birds outside her window, and also kept an eye on the lobster boats as they passed in and out of Wheeler’s Bay near her summer home in Spruce Head.

Her legacy lives on in her children and their families, Katherine and Jim Raab, of Deerbrook, Wis., Peter and Teri Christie, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Chris and Kaarie Christie, of Rockport; five grandchildren, Nate, Molly, Hayden, Olivia and Sophie; and a great-­grandchild, Bentley.

Hilbert will be remembered by her family and all who knew her for her unconditional love and deep friendships.

A celebration-of-life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with a luncheon to follow at the Elijah Kellogg Church, in Harpswell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Hilbert’s name to the Mid Coast Center for Cancer Medicine, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.