Lorraine Stratton Estes - age: 90
(April 15, 1924 to June 28, 2014
A private burial was held on July 1st at Highland Cemetery in Groveville. Family and friends will be invited to a celebration of life later this summer.
BUXTON – Lorraine Stratton Estes, 90, of Buxton, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Gorham House. Lorraine was born in South Portland on April 15, 1924, the daughter of Bemis Stratton and Vernie Grover Stratton. Lorraine grew up in Cumberland, graduating from Greely High School. She attended Portland Junior College and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development in Detroit. She received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Maine. She met her husband of more than 54 years, the late Carl Estes, in Orono. They married in Orono on April 6, 1950. They lived in Aroostook County for three years before moving to Buxton, where they established Estes Farm and became known in the area for pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries. Lorraine and Carl also worked as teachers. Lorraine taught kindergarten in the MSAD 6 school district for 20 years.
Lorraine will be remembered by her friends and family as a caring and generous woman. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her energy, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness were contagious. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and taught them how to bake her famous bread and how to make a tiny seed grow into a leafy, green plant. She was always eager to hear about her children’s and grandchildren’s latest adventures and endeavors and wasn’t afraid to brag about them to others.
Lorraine was also very involved in her local community. She was an active member of the Buxton Garden Club and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County for many years. She looked forward to volunteering at the Buxton Toy Box every year and also enjoyed volunteering at the Salmon Falls Library in Hollis. Lorraine was an avid reader and enjoyed attending book discussions at the Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham. She enjoyed knitting for her family and also donated knit items to several charities.
Lorraine was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Barbara Stratton Winters and Rita Stratton Eddy; her brother, Leroy Stratton; and her husband, Carl Estes. She is survived by her brothers, Sidney Stratton and Gene Stratton, both of Cumberland; her five children, Donald Estes and his wife Gwen of Buxton, Janet Cobb and her husband James of Windham, Patricia Stiles and her husband David of Durham, Jean Hathaway and her husband Jeff of Harpswell, and Susanne Piplani and her husband Mike of South Dakota; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.