AUBURN — Marjorie Dutton Freeman Perkins, 87, died Dec. 29.
She was born July 31, 1925, to Olga Millett and Roy Dutton. She grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School. Marge was a World War II bride, marrying her high school sweetheart, Harold Robert Freeman in 1943. They had three children, Judy Dennis of Columbus, Ohio, Rocky “Bob” Freeman of Rangeley and Debbie Wilkinson of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Marge will always be known for her incredible dressmaker skills. Exemplary with fiber and fashion, Marge tailored many clothes for private clients to make extra money for her family. She was also the main costume designer for Clara Harnden Desjardins School of Dance when her daughters attended classes there. In addition, she knitted extravagant sweaters, hats, mittens and socks and kept her skiing family warm and stylish during their many years at Sunday River. She did all this to save money, yet created works of art in the process. When quilting came into vogue, Marge was quick to design beautiful pieces.
Marge loved being out-of-doors. In her free time, she enjoyed berry picking, gardening, fly-fishing, skiing and playing cribbage. The family had a camp at Moosehead Lake for many years. She enjoyed camping and fishing at Little Kennabago and Nesowadnehunk Lakes and around the Ripogenus Dam area.
During the 1960s, when Judy and Bob attended ELHS, Marge was active in the booster clubs for band, skiing and football. When daughter, Judy, finished nursing school and married and son, Bob, started college, the family moved to Lewiston. Marge went to work in the offices of the textile mills owned by the Alan Miller family, including Worombo Mills in Lisbon Falls. She worked as their bookkeeper for more than 20 years. During that time, she became a Girl Scout leader for Debbie’s troops: Brownies through Senior Scouts. Besides Girl Scouts, Marge was active in the YWCA and a booster club member of the Lewiston High School Girls’ Ski Team and the LHS Band.
When her husband, Harold, died unexpectedly in 1976, at age 52, Marge stayed busy with her job, house chores and visiting grandchildren. She became a ski instructor for a season at Lost Valley. During that time, her daughter, Debbie, graduated from college and moved to Alaska. Marge went to visit Debbie and was introduced to Maynard Perkins, an Alaskan Pioneer whom she later married. Marge and Perk did lots of traveling and lived between New Mexico, and a cabin at Lake Susitna, Alaska. When the remote Alaskan life-style became too taxing, they moved back to Maine where both of them later went into care at Clover Manor Nursing Home.
Besides her children and their spouses, Richard Dennis, Candace Freeman and Robert Wilkinson, Marge’s living family includes her brother, Merle Dutton of North Carolina; and her grandchildren, Erinn DaCunha, Meghan Palanza and Adam Dennis, Lucas Freeman, Amy Tibbetts and Josh Freeman, Ian Wilkinson and Kipp Wilkinson; and 12 great-grandchildren.