RUMFORD — Queenie Mariah (Swain) Blodgett went home to be with the Good Lord on Sunday, Feb. 12, and to reunite with her loved ones who passed before her.

She was born June 7, 1925, to Thomas and Louise Gertrude (White) Swain, in Islington, North London, England. Due to the untimely death of her Mum when Queenie was 3, she and her five siblings were raised by their Dad in London during World War II. Amid the bombings and chaos of the war, she fell in love with and married Silas D. Blodgett Jr. (“Barney”) of Weld.

Following the war, they moved back to the United States, where they settled and raised five children in Dixfield. Queenie worked at Diamond International, Nash’s Store and Stowell-MacGregor until retirement. In March 1983, she lost her husband and remained in the family home they built on Abbott Hill until she downsized and moved into a mobile home on Weld Street in 1997. Due to her loss of eyesight, and for safety reasons, she recently went to live at the Rumford Community Home.

Throughout her 91 plus years, Queenie was known for her British accent, war stories, great sense of humor, and true love of family and friends. She loved to laugh, dance, play cards, knit/crochet and socialize, with a sparkle she possessed until the very end.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Comeau of Peru; Derek Blodgett and partner, Lora Cotton; Sandra Glazier and partner, Jason McKay, of Dixfield; two daughters-in-law, Sandra Blodgett of Mexico and Terri Cox of Dixfield; grandchildren, Todd, Brian, Silas, Cory, Searah, Adam, Leah, Greg and Eric; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Austin, Michael, Cassidy, Bryor, Denzel, Karlei and Ashley; and many loved ones in England, including her very special niece, Shirley Smith.

Queenie was predeceased by her husband, Barney; her daughter, Tammy (Blodgett) Pond; her son, Randy Blodgett; grandchildren, Amanda and Jeremy, sons-in-law, Bob Gurney and Richard Comeau.

Condolences and tributes may be shared on her memorial wall at

Queenie M. Blodgett

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