AUBURN – Martha Blowen, 56, of 95 Gould Road, Lisbon Falls, died on Aug. 18, 2008, at Hospice House. At her side were Denis Ledoux, their daughter, Zo and her partner, Alain Cossette of Montréal and their son, Maxim, and his fiancée, Molly Powell of New York City.

She was born on May 30, 1952, in Worcester, Mass., to the Rev. Arthur and Ladora Blowen. She was a Bates graduate (English, 1975). She first had breast cancer in 1992, and was diagnosed in 2006 with its metastasis.

Accomplished in many spheres, she felt her mothering was her greatest contribution to the world. She lived her values, home-birthing and home-schooling her children and raising them as vegetarians with a commitment to peace and nonviolence.

As Lisbon Falls librarian, she created the monthly Maine Authors Series. She co-founded the Lisbon Falls Wild Oats Food Co-op. A handmade papermaker, she was a popular touring artist and an L/A Arts board member.

She created the Lewiston 1995 Bicentennial Lend A Hand Project, collecting thousands of paper handprints and stories (“What these hands have done for Lewiston”). She continued to draw and paint until her death.

Her culinary imagination was legendary. She often recreated restaurant dishes at home. Most recently, she had reconstituted her Aunt Lily’s pickle recipe.

In 1977, she united her life with Denis Ledoux. She was a loving and contributing partner through 31 years. Through their company, Soleil Lifestory Network, she helped thousands of people to turn their memories into memoirs. She was a talented book editor and had a sure eye for design.

She is also survived by a granddaughter, born on Feb. 20, in Montréal.

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