BELFAST – Marion (Philbrook) Alden, 93, of Searsport, died on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Waldo County General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at home on March 3, 1915, in Greene, the daughter of Frank and Margaret Philbrook. In 1935, Marion graduated from Leavitt Institute in Turner; she completed her teaching degree at Farmington Normal School and later received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Maine.

She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and continued as an educator and coach for 28 years.

In 1941, she married Russell Alden of Turner, and they lived in Buckfield, Belfast, Dexter and Ellsworth, before settling in Stockton Springs for 40 years until Russ’ death in 1997.

Throughout her life, she was an extremely active and beloved member of the Searsport community, where she taught for the last 10 years of her career. She was a member of Eastern Star, Lioness International, the Searsport Congregational Church and its Women’s Fellowship and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, which honors outstanding teachers.

She is survived by her three daughters and their families, Margaret (Peggy) Stout and her husband, Paul (Marty), of Searsport and Finksburg, Md., Martha Ellis and her husband, David, of Manchester and Mary I. Alden of Searsport; her beloved grandchildren, Jeff Stout of Finksburg, Md., Zachary Ellis and his fiancée, Carolyn Litty, of Portland, Maggie Ellis and her partner, Ben Sidelinger, of Olympia, Wash., and Ame Willett and her husband, David, of Ellsworth; and great-grandsons, Caleb and Brenden Willett, who were great joys in her life. She will also be dearly missed by the family dog, Jilly.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Frank (Ike) and Robert Philbrook, both of Greene.

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