Lubec- Cecelia Maxine (Denbow) Simonson went to be with her Precious Savior April 20 at her winter home in Hancock. Born March 19, 1944 to Maurice and Leona (Lyons) Denbow of West Lubec.
She was a hard working lady. For years as a homemaker, always focused on the needs of her family. She would preserve everything she could grow or that was gifted to her. Her beet pickles were the absolute best! Jams and jellies also adorned her pantry at all times. Our home was always clean with the aroma of something delicious being cooked, and she had such a flare for decorating! She could always make something wonderful out of nothing.
Maxine had been a clam digger, wreath maker, cashier, salmon processor, waitress at Tips Lunch and finally a career at Roosevelt Campobello International Park from which she retired after over thirty years of employment. She started in domestic/conferences, then to interpreter, and finally the visitor’s center where she ruled with an iron fist! She expected every visitor to be greeted with a smile, their questions answered kindly, and a clean restroom. Oh, and wrinkle free uniforms! She loved her Roosevelt family very much.
Time with her family and her Bible meant the most to her. She was a very strong devoted Christian woman, never losing sight of her Father. She enjoyed cooking for her people and with the grands. It was very important for her to have special toys hidden in every nook and cranny for the kids to find. She never complained about kids messes, she seen them as a blessing to have. She enjoyed playing her keyboard, reading, crocheting and antiques. She was also a very talented gardener and would create beautiful flower arrangements from her gardens. She had a heart of gold and was generous to a fault! There really wasn’t anything she couldn’t do.
Maxine is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Wilmer “Sy” Simonson, her father, “Ikey”, her son DuWayne “Stacey” Simonson; great granddaughter Leeona and youngest brother Timothy Denbow.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by her mother, Leona, daughters Melissa Burke (Dana), Tammy Wright (Ricky), Melanie Bryer (Kevin) who were in the process of spoiling her rotten and she was enjoying every moment. Grandchildren Rena Stone, Michael Marzoll, Sarah Jordan (Scott); Shayna Smart, Nicholas Simonson (Justine); Simone Simonson (Aaron Calor) and Chad Simonson; Kristen Morren (Josh), Matthew Warren (Kassie), Jonathan Warren, Emily Warren.Her twenty two great grandchildren, Kaylee; Shelby; Cole, Braiden, Addilyn, Evelyn; Bryanna, Reece, Addyson, Ava; Kisuhs, Keagan, Naryah, Lylah, Nico; Nevaeh; Hallie, Julian, Elllis; Landon, Lauryn; and Mitchell. Siblings, Maurice “Moni” Denbow Jr. (Linda), Ramona Denbow (Dougy) who waited on her and let her make his coffee, David (Gail), sister in law Marlene Gilpatrick, her Aunt Janice Wilcox with whom she was very close to but who had to carry nickels to bribe her niece to stop talking. Countless nieces and nephews with Paula Jeannie and Loretta always being there for her.
A Celebration of Life will be held May 21, 11 AM at the Christian Temple Church, 41 Main St., Lubec with the Pastor Tom Genovese officiating. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.