SOUTH PARIS — Edna J. Twitchell, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at Market Square Nursing Home on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Edna was born to Benjamin F. Philbrick and Elizabeth Alice (Harding) Philbrick on Jan. 4, 1929, in Frye, the youngest of 11 children. During the first year of her life, her mother and sisters moved to Welchville, where she grew up. Edna attended the Welchville Elementary School. One of her passions in her early adult years was attending the Advent Christian Camp meetings in Mechanic Falls where she met the love of her life, Thomas J. Twitchell. They were married June 17, 1950, and celebrated 68 years of marriage this past June.

Edna had a great passion for children and ran a daycare center for more than 55 years. At one time, she had the names and pictures of the more than 300 children who knew the love and care she gave. When she suffered a stroke five years ago, her second home became Market Square Nursing Home. While there, she was cared for by former children or parents of children she had been blessed to have at her daycare.

Edna attended the Norway Church of the Nazarene from the time it was organized until her declining health prevented her from attending. Her love of God and her love of church were very important to her.

Edna is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Twitchell; her daughter, Susan J., and husband, David J. Hanscom, of Mason Township; and her son, Stephen T. Twitchell, and wife, Berndette, of Oxford; her grandson, Scott W. Richardson, of Windham; and granddaughter, Lisa Richardson Bailey, and husband, Cory, and their four daughters of South Carolina; her step-grandson, David T. Hanscom, and wife, Amy, and their three daughters; and a step-granddaughter, Rebecca; and husband, Charles, and their three children. Edna is also survived by two step-great-grandsons: Brandon and Trevor Boody of Bridgton; and a special niece, Eunice, and husband, Oliver Murray, of Hudson, N.H.

Edna is predeceased by her parents; brothers and sisters; a son-in-law, Wayne A Richardson; and a step-granddaughter, Tina Richardson Boody.

The family would like to thank Market Square Nursing Home for the love and care Edna received as a resident. Also, we would like to thank Beacon Hospice for the love and care provided in the final year of her life.

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Edna J. Twitchell

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