Gwendolyn Phippen


Gwendolyn Phippen of Bass Harbor and recently of Bar Harbor, died at the age of 70, on June 16, 2009. She was the daughter of Ruth Smiley Morrill and Leslie Morrill, born May 8, 1939 in Manset. As a child, Gwendolyn studied ballet and tap dance, performing for many years in local recitals. She attended Pemetic grade school, and graduated from Pemetic High School in 1957.

On February 10, 1957, Gwendolyn married Leslie Richard Phippen of Great Cranberry Island. They went on to enjoy 52 years of marriage, lovingly devoted to each other through life’s joys and hardships. Gwendolyn had five children and was a talented homemaker. The kitchen always had the fragrance of her delicious cooking, and her creativity could be seen throughout her home. An expert gardener, she was just as happy outside as in the kitchen. She cultivated beautiful gardens, raising lovely flowers, fruits and vegetables. Gwendolyn taught Sunday school at Olsen Memorial Church in Bass Harbor when her children were small. She also served as president of the Tremont Consolidated School P.T.A. After her children were grown, Gwendolyn continued to develop new interests, including playing the organ and writing poetry. She was very involved at the Manset Union Church, volunteering her time and talents.

Gwendolyn loved animals, and never refused a stray kitten or puppy that her children brought home. More recently, she and her husband developed a love for house rabbits, adopting several and providing a good home for them.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie, of Bar Harbor; her children, Jayne Hunt of St. Louis, Mo.; Mickey of Franklin; Donald of Cedar Grove, N.J.; Patrick of Portland; five grandchildren; and cousin Carl Blaisdell, Jr. of Bangor. She was predeceased by her daughter Deborah in 1991, and two sisters, Ruthetis and Carolyn.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2009, at Manset Union Church on Seawall Road in Southwest Harbor. Contributions in Gwendolyn’s memory may be made to 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 380605, East Hartford CT 06138-0605.

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