Betty A. Bartlett
Oakland — Betty Ann (Lawton) Bartlett passed away suddenly of natural causes Feb 6, 2014, at MaineGeneral in Waterville.
She was born in Providence, R.I. Jan. 27, 1933, daughter of Stephen G. and Nelle (Goff) Lawton. As a young child, her family moved to Rockport, making their home on Beech Hill. She had a wonderful childhood, often times recanting her beloved memories. She graduated from Rockport High School in 1950 as an honor student and basketball player. It was there on Beech Hill, where she met and later married her sweetheart and next-door neighbor Robert K. Bartlett on June 12, 1955.
She and her husband lived in Manchester, N.H., Brookline, Mass., and Bath, before they made their final home on Tukey Road, Oakland in the house they built together in 1963 and it was there that they raised four children. She and her husband packed up their children and spent six months in Indiana for her husband's career. She worked in the Oakland school district for many years under the Title 1 program, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She also worked as a US census coordinator. She was a member of the Oakland Garden Club and the Eastern Star. She had several treasured friends in her life that she loved dearly. She very much enjoyed playing Bridge with her Bridge group.
She was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, and was active in many school functions with her children. She enjoyed creating crafts, cooking, furniture finishing, and stenciling. She was an avid reader and gardener. She passed the love of beautiful gardens to her children and grandchildren having spectacular perennial and annual flowerbeds. Betty was a family oriented woman who cherished family get-togethers and made birthdays and holidays extra special. Her love of family was extraordinary. She and her husband enjoyed travels to Norway, Scotland and Ireland. She was a woman of great faith and prayer and a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She truly believed in living life to the fullest and seizing each moment as if it were the last.
She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Ruthy in 2007 and her brother, Stephen in 2010. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert K. Bartlett Sr. of Oakland, daughter and son-in-law Marlene and Steven Grenier of Albion, daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Roland Normandeau of Oakland, son and daughter-in-law Robert and Cindi Bartlett of Oakland, her "darling" grandchildren Katie (Grenier) and Cory Gilbert of Clinton, Daniel and Bethanie Grenier of Albion, Hannah Grenier and fiance Josh LaVerdiere of Albion, Alaina Roy and significant other Brandon Colby of Waterville, Rachel Normandeau of Oakland and Lucas Bartlett of Oakland. Two sisters-in-law Norma (Bartlett) Philbrook of Owls Head and Joan Lawton of Camden and several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive her.
At her request, there will be no memorial service or funeral. "If I had a flower for each time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever," by Anonymous.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Oakland wheelerfh.com.