Alberta Clara Buswell


Alberta Clara Buswell, 98, died peacefully April 22, 2009, at home on Swans Island. She was born July 25, 1910, on Swans Island, the daughter of Nelson and Clara (Stanley) Sprague.

She grew up on Swans Island and in Rockland. Alberta moved back to Swans Island after her marriage to Ted Buswell, and she lived the rest of her life there. She was constantly busy with various self-employment jobs, including sheep raising, managing a bed and breakfast, building and renting cabins, knitting and various other handicrafts. Her sweaters and quilts are treasured by those who own them. Her cooking ability was well known and enjoyed by all. Alberta was the proud recipient of the Boston Post Cane. She was a loving, dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Her descendants will miss their “Marm.”

She is survived by her son, Albert Buswell of Swans Island; four daughters, Theo May and Leona Buswell, both of Swans Island, Theresa Orcutt of Bremen, and Etta Morrison of New Harbor; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren. Alberta was predeceased by her husband, Ted; two brothers, Albert Sprague and Sydney Sprague; and two sisters, Hazel Firth and Edna Dyer.

A funeral service was held April 27, 2009, at the Church of God in Atlantic, with Pastor Kenneth Dutille Jr. and Pastor Paul Joy officiating. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Swans Island. Contributions in Alberta’s memory may be made to the Swans Island Ambulance Service, c/o Lorraine Stockbridge, P.O. Box 7, Swans Island, ME 04685. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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