LISBON — Betty Jean (Appleby) Estabrook passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends following a long illness on Monday, Sept. 4, in Lisbon.
She was born in Woodstock on May 22, 1935. She grew up in Woodstock and the West Paris area. After attending elementary school in Woodstock, she attended high school at South Lancaster Academy in South Lancaster, Mass. She went on to study at Atlantic Union College, also in South Lancaster, and New England Sanitarium in Melrose, Mass. She pursued her passion for nursing and graduated as an RN with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Following college, she pursued graduate classes at Washington Sanitarium in Takoma Park, Md.
In 1959 Betty returned to Maine to become one of the founding employees at the new Parkview Adventist Hospital in Brunswick. She began her long career in nursing caring for the newborns in the nursery and worked multiple positions while there. She spent many years as director of nursing, along with her best friend, Mary Gimbel. She worked there for over 25 years and retired in 1985.
In 1961 she married Ray M. Estabrook Jr. in West Paris. They spent 56 wonderful and happy years together and raised their family in West Bath, where they built a home on the New Meadows River. Beginning in 1981, together they ran a successful family business of artesian water well drilling, Estabrook Well Drilling, that was in business for over 25 years.
For over 20 years Betty and Ray enjoyed spending the winter in Avon Park, Fla., and returning for the summer to their home on Foster Point Road overlooking the New Meadows River. She was an active member of the Brunswick S.D.A. Church and worked faithfully at the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Service Center in Brunswick for many years before ill health forced her to retire from her community service.
She is survived by her husband, Ray, of Lisbon; stepson, Wayne and his wife, Linda Estabrook of Bowdoinham; daughter, Penny Morgan of Englewood, Colo.; and son, Perry and his wife, Darlene Estabrook of West Bath. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Stephanie Frechette, Elizabeth Ferguson, Nicholas Estabrook, Sean Morgan and Courtney Estabrook; and four great-grandchildren, Callum and Emma Frechette, Olivia Ferguson, and Eli Estabrook; along with two more expected great-grand babies.She is also survived by her sister, Cleo Ryerson of Woodstock; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Evelyn (Benson) Appleby; sisters, Helen Heath and Maude Alice Hadley; and a brother, Walter E. Appleby Jr.
Betty J. Estabrook