Barbara Evelyn Dwyer Herget, born June 4, 1933 to Dorothea Nickerson and William Dwyer in Houlton, ME, passed away suddenly August 9, 2019. Her step-father James Baker was an important part of her early life, as was her grandmother who taught her how to sew and became the role model for her future relationships with her own granddaughters.
She graduated Ellsworth High School Class of 1951. As a single mother of two, she pursued and received a master’s degree while teaching at the Maine Youth Center. Barbara took refuge in summers at her Frye Island cottage for many years. She was selective about issuing invitations and even more selective about whom she invited back.
In recent years, she used her exceptional teaching skill to share her love of quilting. Those early sewing lessons with her grandmother set the foundation of an artist. She loved her quilting groups deeply and resented the progression of her health that made her gradually step back from them.
Barbara took great joy in her family, particularly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an adopted grandmother and called “Gram” by many, and she reveled in it. She is very much loved and missed.
Barbara is survived by son Mark Beede; daughter, Lynn (Beede) Nye; grandchildren, Anne Beede, Shawna King, Melissa (King) Burkart, Victoria (Nye) Clifford, Chloe (Nye) Johnson, Scott Nye and Robert Nye; great-grandchildren, Patrick and Imogen Busan, Sophia Burkart, Caroline Clifford and Jasmine Johnson.
Her celebration of life will be held at the Ellsworth Community of Christ, 283 State Street, Monday August 19 4:30 - 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hancock County Quilters for their Comfort Quilts project. Checks can be written payable to Hancock County Quilters and mailed to 14 Viking Trail Lane, Surry, ME 04684
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com