UNION — Margie Blake Peabody, 92, passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, with Fred, her husband of 69, years by her side.

Margie was born in Union to James and Abbie Bryant Blake. She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Geneva and Mary; three brothers, Kenneth, Lawrence and John; and a daughter-in-law, Gina Peabody. She is survived by her husband Fred; four children, Deborah Peabody M.D. and her wife, Doreen Kendall D.O. of Rockland, Melody McDermott and her, husband, Charles, Timothy Peabody and his wife, Barbara, of Appleton and Alan Peabody of St. Helen Island, South Carolina; grandchildren, Sean and Elizabeth of Suffolk, Va., Benjamin of Appleton, Andrew and his wife, Tami, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Zoe Perpall of St. Helena Island, S.C., Anna Peabody and her husband, Mike Eberhard, of Helena, Mont.; great-grandchildren, Trinity and Taryn of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; as well as multiple nieces and nephews. Margie always said, “Two boys and two girls, all two years apart. I planned it that way.”

Margie graduated from Farmington State College with a B.A. in teaching. She taught home economics in Jonesport, Lee Academy and Waldoboro, before settling down to raise a family. She believed in staying home to raise her children, and resumed teaching when daughter, Melody, entered kindergarten. She loved teaching, and taught kindergarten in Union for 25 years. Her students were like her own children, she loved and disciplined them, and taught them well; many in Knox County can remember kindergarten with “Mrs. Peabody”.

Education was important to her, and she made sure all her children went to college. When her son, Alan, announced he wanted to work at the Union dump, she promptly responded, “that’s fine dear, you can work at the dump after you get an engineering degree from UMO.” Alan graduated from UMO, and runs a successful industrial design business.

In retirement, she and Fred enjoyed visiting family, friends and neighbors, and camping throughout Maine and Canada. They were very fond of the downeast coast and the woods of northern Maine, especially during fall foliage season. She wished to remain in her home until her passing, and that wish was granted with the help of Fred, and special caregivers, Pat, Martha, Judy, Tammy, Amie, Jeanne, Esther and Carole. We offer special thanks to neighbors, Seth, Debbie, Eddie and Donna McDonald who pitched in to help Margie at a moment’s notice.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A graveside celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at East Union Cemetery, Miller Road, Union. In lieu of flowers those that wish to remember Margie may donate to the Union Ambulance PO Box 186, Union, ME. 04862.

To share a memory or condolence with the Peabody family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.

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