FRYEBURG — Anita Rebecca Buswell died May 24 after a short battle with lung cancer.

She was born Feb. 16, 1927, in Chatham, N.H., to the late Dean and Evangeline Charles. Anita was the second of 11 siblings.

She lived most of her life in Fryeburg. She worked in a number of jobs in the Fryeburg area, and married her first husband, Howard E. Brown, in 1950. They moved from Fryeburg, living in Portland and Buxton. Howard died in 1967, and Anita and her four children moved back to Fryeburg in 1968.

In 1979, Anita married her second husband, Ronald “Ponk” Buswell. The two were married for 31 years until Ponk’s death in 2010.

She was an avid crafter and enjoyed crocheting, knitting and pressed-flower art. She participated in a senior’s bowling league until age  81.

She is survived by her sisters, Doris “Dot” Ela and Norma Dipiero; three sons, Philip Brown and his, wife Pat, of Poland, Rodney Brown of Marblehead, Mass., and David Brown and his wife, Carol, of Acton, Mass.; a daughter, Gail Graves and her husband, Peter, of Fryeburg Harbor; her step-children, Catherine Wood and her husband, David, Lorraine McDonald and her, husband Peter, Sharon Buswell, Frances Dooan, Cynthia Kenerson and her husband, Wayne, and Veronica Lambert; five grandchildren, Peter, Lyndsay, Patrick, Jenn and Becky.

She is predeceased by her brothers, Madison Charles, Dean Charles and George Charles; her sisters; Ruth Dyer, Betty Burnell, Sadie Day, Lorraine Guy and Mary Charles.

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