Ethel F. Bartlett, 89, formerly of Washington, passed away peacefully on Nov. 27 at Jefferson Green in Jefferson.
She was born in Somerville on June 4, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Erving) Crummett.
Ethel was the valedictorian of her eighth grade class. She was the oldest of six children, and at a young age took care of her younger brothers and sisters. As a young girl, Ethel and her siblings would go blueberry raking to earn money and help the family.
She married Elden C. Bartlett on Sept. 27, 1952, and they shared many wonderful years together until his passing on Aug. 20, 2006.
The couple worked a farm in Washington on Route 105. They shipped milk starting in the late 50s until 1972. They switched to raising beef cattle at that time. Ethel would name every new calf born in the spring. The couple raised cattle until 1998. They rented the pasture to a farmer in Union, so they continued to have cattle on their land.
On Jan. 25, 2014, Ethel moved to Jefferson Green and the family house was sold later that year. It was very difficult for her to give up her home of over 60 years.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; brothers, Clyde, Clifton, and Orrin Crummett; sister, Lessie Lloy; and grandson, Shane Weeks.
Ethel will be sadly missed by her sons, Dean Bartlett and wife Leslie of Washington, Larry Bartlett and wife Glenna of Washington, and David Bartlett and wife Sheryl of Washington; sister, Arlene Grotton and husband Gordon of Windham; grandchildren, Brent Bartlett and wife Sherah of Nevada, Stacey Bond and husband, Aaron of Whitefield, Devon Perry and husband David of Waldoboro, Daniel Bartlett of Thomaston, Melissa Pease and husband Doug of Washington, and Kim Austin and husband Matthew of Belgrade; and great-grandchildren, Augustus, Griffin, and Keegan Bond of Whitefield, Gracelyn and Annelise Bartlett of Nevada, Monica Pallotta of Somerville, Sienna Austin of Belgrade, and Joshua and Tyler Perry of Waldoboro.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Fri., Dec. 2 at West Washington Cemetery in Washington with Janice Hisler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Washington Cemetery Association, PO Box 382, West Washington Rd., Washington, ME 04574; Jefferson Green, 77 Waldoboro Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348; or Sand Hill Cemetery, c/o Beth Crummett, 3482 Turner Ridge Rd., Somerville, ME 04348.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers-Gray Chapel, 207 Windsor Neck Rd., Windsor.