1958 – 2016

PORTLAND — Rachel Bernita Danforth, 58, of East Wilton, died unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 25, at Maine Medical Center in Portland surrounded by her family.

She was born April 13, 1958, in Augusta, the daughter of Erland and Jean Danforth. She graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington in 1977.

She worked many years in the shoe industry in the Farmington and Wilton areas. She loved children and was a nanny and worked at a day care. She was also an independent home care provider.

She was a very active member of the East Wilton Union Church for many years and always spoke fondly of her church family. She enjoyed and was involved in the various events at the church. She especially took pleasure in being in the kitchen with her friends preparing refreshments or meals for various occasions. One of her favorite things she looked forward to was preparing for the yard sale the church put on once a year.

She took pleasure in crocheting, gardening, reading, being outdoors and really liked going to yard sales. She had a great love of dogs and had four of them over the years. Her first was Echo, then Benny, Daisy and her last one was Boots. Many people often saw her out walking with her four-legged friends.

She is survived by her four brothers, Joseph Gidney of Bushnell, Fla., Raymond Gidney and his wife, Judy, of Waterville, Landy Danforth and his wife, Debbie, of Castleton, Vt. and her twin, Richard Danforth and his wife, Marly, of Unity; nephews and nieces, Adam, James, Karen, Chris, Austin and Lindsy. She also had a very special relationship with nephews Joshua and Brett, who referred to her lovingly as their “Auntie.”

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