Ethel Mildred Herald, 78, passed away peacefully March 28, 2013, at her home in Newcastle, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 8, 1934 in New Harbor, the daughter of the late Samuel and Dorothy Poland Morton.

She found out at a young age that she loved being in a kitchen. This is where she found her peace. She began her career at 11 as a dishwasher, a job that would require the use of a milk crate because she was not tall enough to reach the sink. She would work her way through the kitchen from dishwasher all the way to head chef and at one point in time would also own and operate her own business. She would work at such places like Gilberts, Smalls Brothers Wharf, The Anchor Inn, Restoration Restaurant, and was the head chef at the Pier Restaurant. She was famous for her baked stuff lobster and her molasses cookies.

She was a very spiritual person and believed in angels and the miracles they would bring. She enjoyed tap dancing, something she did for 42 years, clogging, and ball room dancing. She would take these talents and use them by performing at local nursing homes and events. She would write songs and poems and country western music, as well as writing her own biography. She had a lot of stories that she wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to hear them. She was proud of her heritage which included, Native American, Scottish, English, Irish, and French or as she liked to call it “Heinz 57."

She was a caring and loving person, and was there whenever and wherever anyone would need her. She took on the role of caregiver for many of her family members and it was a job she enjoyed. She was honored that she could help out when someone needed it the most.

She was a member of the Damariscotta Women’s Auxiliary, the Gardiner and Lewiston’s Singles Club, as well as a member of the Maine Academy of Country Music. She will be fondly remembered and loved by all that had the opportunity to know her. Her family will keep her memory forever in their hearts.

She was predeceased by a son Earl Dennis Boyd and three sisters Ella, Emma, Alphra, and a brother Henry. Survivors Include her son E. Donald Boyd, and his partner Ellen, of Bristol; daughter Elsie Dorothy Daigle of Nobleboro; granddaughter Verna Werlla of Boothbay Harbor; grandson Dennis E. Boyd, and his wife Patty, of Leander, Texas; partner Ralph Elliot; nine step-children and all of their families; and her latest blessings twin step-great grandchildren, Julian and Sophia.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Bremen. With the Rev. Dr. Ken Dale officiating. Immediately following the service a Celebration of Life will be held at Reunion Station in Damariscotta.

You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services 949 Main St Waldoboro, ME 04572.