FREEPORT – Betty A. Baxter, 73, resident of Hawthorne House in Freeport, formerly of Lisbon and Durham died Thursday, March 5, at the Hawthorne House.

She was born March 5, 1936, in Brunswick, a daughter of James and Frances (Collins) McKinney. She was raised and attended schools in Durham. She worked for many years in both the Aurbach Shoe Shop in Brunswick and for the Eastland Shoe Co. as a production worker.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, tending to her various pets that she had raised over the years, camping with her family and watching old western movies, especially those that featured John Wayne.

Her true enjoyment was being with her family, especially around Christmas time. She enjoyed having everyone around and liked to decorate her home to celebrate the season. She will be remembered as a caregiver to her family. She had been at the bedside of many relatives that had passed on before her to offer support and care to the family.

Survivors include a son, Charles and his wife, Doris Baxter, of Lisbon; three daughters, MaryAnn and her husband, Rodney Ward, of Bowdoinham, Linda and her husband, Tim Capen, of Freeport and Pauline and her husband, Jim Gavin, of Turner; two brothers, Albert McKinney of Topsham and John McKinney of Oxford; three sisters, Judy Martin and Cathy McKinney of Lewiston and Helen Moody of Brunswick; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Baxter, in 1997; a brother, Earl McKinney; and two sisters, Alice Durico and Evelyn Byras.

The Baxter family would like to offer their sincere appreciation to Betty’s roommate and special friend, Althea Blake, for her companionship and care she provided to Betty and the family during her time as a resident at the Hawthorne House.

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