TOPSHAM — Patricia Morrison Guild, 82, died of cancer Jan. 22 at her home in Topsham, surrounded by her family.
Guild was born in Boston, Mass. on March 19, 1929 as the daughter of Lawrence Winifred Jarrett and Evelyn Victoria Randall. She lived in Douglaston, N.Y. until age 10 when her mother and step-father, Alfred Grote, moved to South Freeport in 1939.
She attended Freeport schools and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1947. Upon her graduation, Guild attended Westbrook Junior College, majoring in medical technology. When she graduated in 1949, she underwent a rigorous training program at Maine General Hospital and became a registered medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Guild worked as a medical technologist in the hospital and at Bowdoin College. In 1970 she went to work for Pine Cap in Lewiston in a program called New Careers. She worked in job training, rising from counselor to a program administrator when she retired in 1997. The positive impact on individuals with whom she worked continues to resonate within the lives of her many clients.
She was a member of the Freeport School Board beginning in 1970 and established new programs at the George E. Soule School in South Freeport. She believed in and supported teachers and education throughout her life. In 1990, at the age of 61, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Maine.
Guild was active in many organizations and was a founding member and later president of the Freeport Elders Association. She was active on behalf of the alumni at Fryeburg Academy and Westbrook Junior College. She was passionate about protecting and supporting the environment and along with her pets she had a lifelong love of wild animals.
She married William “Cheever” Archer Rogers in 1950; he died at sea on the schooner Windfall in 1962 off Cape Hatteras. She later married Kenneth H. Morrison; he died in 1992. In 1994 she married Colonel Walter Guild, U.S. Army Ret., and they traveled the world together and were happy in their retirement.
She is survived by her husband; children Michal and her spouse Jeremy Gould of Pownal, Jonathan and his spouse Kathleen McKay of Benton, and William of Tiverton, R.I.; her grandchildren Orion Poulin of Carbondale, Ill., Hana Poulin of Pownal, Jonathan “Bucky” Rogers of Carlisle, Mass. and Michael Rogers of Portland.
She always wanted to look good, to make people feel good and, above all, to make a difference.
Visiting hours took place Jan. 26 at Brackett Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. The Funeral will take place on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at South Freeport Congregational Church. Burial will take place at the South Freeport Cemetery in the spring.