Leola M. Wilbur

HANCOCK—Leola M. Wilbur, 86, died Jan. 17, 2010, at a Mount Desert Island hospital after a brief illness. She was born March 31, 1923, in Hancock, the daughter of Howard and Bernice (Page) Butler.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend. Her family was the center of her life. Leola enjoyed flowers and playing bingo.

Leola is survived by five sons, Reginald L. “Buster” Wilbur Jr., Dale H. Wilbur and wife, Denise, Timothy J. Wilbur and wife, Becky, all of Hancock, Charles A. Wilbur and wife, Lozina, of Ashville and Dwinal E. Wilbur and wife, Sharon, of New Hartford, Conn.; five daughters, Betty A. Falkner and husband, Keith, of Terryville, Conn., Sharon L. Crowley and husband, Harvey and Kim L. Sawyer and husband, Terry, all of Hancock, Gail M. Coombs and husband, Guy, of Sullivan and Susan T. Higgins and husband, Tony, of Lamoine.; a brother, Merle Butler of Milbridge; half brother, Wayne Butler of Hancock; many beloved grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Leola is also survived by her beloved Black Lab, Dante. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Reginald L. Wilbur Sr., in 1994; a daughter, Melinda B. Wilbur, in 1963; and a brother, Charles Butler, in 2004.

Friends are invited to call 6:30 to 8 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where a 1 p.m. funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, with Tom MacDonald officiating. Interment will follow immediately at Hillcrest Cemetery, Hancock. The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions in Leola’s memory to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

Know when to pay your respects.