EAST WATERBORO – Marie Alberta Kitchen, 81, returned home to her Lord on November 7, 2022. She was surrounded by her two daughters, Lisa Sproul and Bethany Roberts, as well as her two sisters, Barbara Jane Flood and Pauline Hapworth Thoemke. Marie lived in her beloved China Town, Maine for over 70 years, where she was an active member of the community. Her passion for helping others was evident to many, and her love of family was her greatest source of pride. She took care of her family and her friends.
Marie Alberta Kitchen was born on August 18, 1941 in Waterville, Maine to James Russell Hapworth and Geraldine Hapworth Knox of China, Maine. She moved to China with her parents at the age of nine where the family took over management of the Pinkham Farm on the China Neck Road.
She attended China Elementary School and the Coburn Classical Institute before earning a secretarial degree from Burdett College in Boston. She loved ballet, reading and playing the piano. She also sang a duet with her father, James.
Marie married the love of her life, Sherwood Kitchen, in 1960 after graduating from Burdett. She worked for Fort Halifax Company in Winslow, Maine and Lipman Poultry Co. in Augusta, Maine as an executive secretary. When Sherwood returned from the army, she chose to become a full-time mother.
Marie and her husband, Sherwood, were both drawn to service and leadership. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in China, and her husband, Sherwood, was active in the Masonic Lodge in China. Marie was the former Worthy Matron and former Assistant Grand Matron of District 8. She was also a member and former officer of the Order of the Eastern Star Lily of the Valley Chapter 157 in Weeks Mills, Maine.
She enjoyed mentoring teenage girls in the Fairfield Order of the Rainbow for girls, a service organization that teaches leadership training through community service.
She loved her country and was active in the American Legion Auxiliary in South China, where she served as chaplain.
As a strong family supporter, Marie became a caregiver for her grandmother, Lillian; his mother, Geraldine; her father, James; her stepmother, Charlene and her husband, Sherwood.
Marie was predeceased by her parents and husband, Sherwood. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Kitchen Sproul and her husband, Brad; her daughter, Bethany Kitchen Roberts and her husband, Doug; his sister, Barbara J. Flood; his sister, Pauline Hapworth Thoemke and her husband, Jack; his grandchildren: Justin Bradley Sproul, Nicole Marie Sproul, Jesse Douglas Roberts and Owen Douglas Roberts. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Dianne Renee Hall and her children, Bryan James Hall, his wife, Deborah and their children; Aaron Russell Gill and his husband Robert Girard; Ryan Joseph Gill and his wife, Carlene Heitman; Larry Sularie, his wife Betty and their children; Debbie Sularie and her children.
Visiting hours will be at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, Maine on Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. On February 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., interment will follow at the China Cemetery Extension in the family lot.
Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and a signed online registry by visiting http://www.lawrybrothers.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Veterans Home at Augusta 35 Heroes Wy, Augusta, ME 04330 or the American Diabetes Association PO Box 7023. Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
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