Richmond-Cecile Almira (Bilter) Sanborn, 74, passed away peacefully at her own home Friday, November 2, 2007, following a long illness.
She was born May 11, 1933 in Skowhegan, Maine to John F. Bilter and Lena Mae (Cobb) Bilter. As young child she was raised in Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Maine. Her family then moved to Gray, Maine where she graduated from Pennell High School in 1951. She joined the US Air Force soon after graduation. After a short term in the military she returned to Maine where she worked as a waitress. She spent the remainder of her years as a dedicated homemaker and mother.
She is survived by her husband Raymond W. Sanborn, whom she married on August 18, 1958 in Portland, Maine. Raymond and Cecile started their life together in Portland, Maine. Then they returned to Gray, Maine where they raised their six daughters. Later in life they also lived in Sheridan, Wyoming; Topsham, Maine; and finally settled down in Richmond, Maine in 1991
Cecile was most beloved for her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. She was an accomplished cook who made holiday meals and family gatherings a source of wonderful memories. She was also a master cribbage player, trivia buff and enjoyed raising exotic fowl. Above all she will be remembered as a strong, proud and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Cecile will be deeply missed.
She is also survived by her six daughters and their families: Sheril Lillard, her children, Joseph, Bethany, and Sarah; Kaye Bouchard, her son John Wing; Cynthia Sanborn, her children Israel and Kendra Bolduc; Lori Woods, her children Bridget and Dylan Woods; Cecile Greenman, her sons Ryan and Joshua Davis; Rae Hoskins and her children Blaine and Shelby Turcotte, Bradley Hoskins and a predeceased son baby Willie; as well as eleven great-grandchildren. Two infant sons predeceased her, Michael and John Sanborn.
Cecile requested that no formal services be held. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation helps injured veterans and their families while they are being treated for their injuries. Cecile was very passionate about veteran causes. You can donate on their website www.fisherhouse.org or mail your donation to: Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600 Rockville, MD 20852 Make checks payable to: Fisher House™ Foundation
Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357