Phoebe Milliken


Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them forgotten before God? Luke 12:6

Phoebe Milliken, at 100, gathered her family for Thanksgiving, rose and simply died – peacefully and without pain. The best mother, devoted partner, friend to more people than most ever know and intimately vital supporter to so many. Mount Desert Island was her first love, after her childhood farm home in Lancaster, Mass. Many of you have received a note, a clipping or a word from Phoebe when it mattered.

Forever a conservationist, Phoebe cared fiercely for all of Nature’s, to her God’s, creations and not at all for the artificial.

Her family will remember her in a service next summer. In lieu of anything else, please give as generously as you are able to a Hancock County or Maine-wide organization that sustains the natural environment or lifts another less fortunate than ourselves. Phoebe is survived by her brother, John Goodhue, in New Hampshire, six children and a bundle of grands and great-grands spread coast to coast, and who all return to this island.

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