Pauline E. Tewksbury, 80, died Dec. 3, 2009, surrounded by her family at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, after a long illness.

Born in Rockland on Sept. 9, 1929, she was a daughter of Fremont J. and Gertrude E. Pettee Cotton. She was educated in Rockland schools.

While raising her family, she worked as a waitress at local restaurants.

She later married Donald W. Tewksbury. They lived a few years in Alaska, where Pauline worked as a telegraph operator with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

In 1977 they moved to Waldoboro. Mr. Tewksbury died in 2003.

Pauline enjoyed knitting and crocheting, but more than anything she loved playing Yahtzee. Devoted to her family, she is remembered for her quick wit, independent spirit, and love of teasing anyone she could.

Other than her husband, Pauline was predeceased by a sister, Clara.

She is survived by two daughters, Denise Pearse and her husband, Larry, of Lincolnville and Deborah Heaberlin and her husband, Kent, of Republic, Mo.; four sons and their wives, Fremont “Chip” and Linda Mitchell, Richard and Patricia Robinson, all of Rockland, Parker Jr. and Melinda Mitchell of Oakland and Stanley and Jean Tewksbury of Waldoboro; a sister, Mary Teel of Owls Head; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Owls Head. Pastor Kevin Haj will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Knox Center for Long Term Care Activities Fund, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841; or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.