Obituary: Abbie Meserve Greenwood – Portland Press Herald


Abbie Meserve Greenwood

BRUNSWICK – On March 22, 2022, Abbie Meserve Greenwood passed away peacefully at her home. Her husband of 70 years, George, and other family members were with her.

Abbie was born in Standish on August 25, 1933, the third child in Earle and Helene Meserve’s family of 13 siblings. Abbie had an interesting and adventurous childhood. She became a cheerleader and made many friendships by the time she graduated from Oxford High School.

On December 22, 1951, she married George Greenwood of Farmington. George was a recent graduate of the University of Maine Civil Engineering program. Shortly after their marriage, George enlisted in the Air Force. Upon completion of his basic training, they were stationed in Florida. Throughout their married life, they would move 17 times…always preferring a home in Maine.

Abbie and George had three children, Kim, Mark and Sandy, and in 1963 moved to a large farm in Hampden where they raised their family. Abbie’s parents and her three younger siblings also lived with them in the Hampden house for a few years. Her favorite pastime was taking care of her family and her home. She learned how to can, freeze and preserve the vegetables and fruits they grew. She could feed a family of five or a gathering of 25 at any time. She enjoyed entertaining and having a house full of family and friends.

Abbie was very active in the church, teaching Sunday school, organizing spaghetti fundraisers, or filling books with green stamps to buy a new oven for the building. She was a natural caregiver, helping many elderly members of the community stay in their homes. Later in life, she was a caregiver for her mother and stepmother.

Because George was a CE professor at the University of Maine at Orono, they were deeply connected to college life, especially Black Bear Hockey. They bought season tickets the first year and held their seat for 34 years, enjoying the camaraderie and competitive spirit of spectators and team alike.

Family was very important to Abbie. She was very proud of her children and their education: a registered nurse, a social worker and a teacher. She was even prouder of her nine grandchildren and four adorable great-grandchildren. It was important to Abbie that she spend time with her grandchildren and that they really get to know their grandparents.

Abbie is survived by her husband, daughters, many siblings, large extended family and friends.

A burial service will be held Monday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Please visit the Wiles Remembrance Center in Farmington website for more details and to leave a special message or memory of Abbie to share with others in her memory book at Funeral services are supported and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center in Farmington.

Donations can be made in memory of Abbie Greenwood to the following organizations:

The Farmington

historical society

118 Academy Street

Box 575,

Farmington, ME 04938;

Pilgrims Lodge

(a Congregational church camp in Maine)

103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane

West Gardiner, Maine 04345

Pilgrim Lodge donation link:

Golden Book


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