Martha Hennigar, 77, died peacefully at the St. Margarite D’Youville Nursing Home on Feb. 24, 2013, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was the daughter of Jerold and Dorothy Vickerson, of Winthrop, Mass. She has two brothers, Jerold Vickerson, of Winthrop, Maine, and Thomas Vickerson, of Albany, N.Y., and one sister, Ann Thornell, of Marco Island, Fla. She attended Winthrop, Mass., schools and earned her RN at the Salem School of Nursing.
Fifty-seven years ago, she married the love of her life, Ronald Hennigar. Together they raised five children: Carol Simmons, of Bradenton, Fla.; Eric Hennigar, of Evanston; Stephen Hennigar, of Rye, N.H.; Janet Jordan, of Buxton, Maine; and Thomas “Buck” Hennigar, of Texas. The children blessed them with one angel, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
As a young family, they lived in Atkinson, Chester and Derry, N.H., before moving to Sebago, Maine, in 1973. Primarily a stay-at-home mom, she did work part-time nursing jobs and others, and was a volunteer member of the Sebago Rescue Unit.
“Maude” was the heart and soul of a very busy family. While her children were in school, she loved attending the various sports events, football, track and field, gymnastics and hockey. She was an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the Lake Region Booster Club. She was a good marksman with a .22 rifle, and competed in the Sebago turkey shoot events.
Before Alzheimer’s disease shortened their retirement, Martha and Ron enjoyed traveling by camper. They especially found pleasure in the state of Wyoming, and began to split time between Evanston and Sebago.
She spent the last several years under the loving care of the St. Margarite D’Youville nursing staff. Her devoted husband, Ron, attended to her daily needs until her passing to Heaven.
Donations made to The Activities Fund at the St. Margarite D’Youville Nursing Home, 102 Campus Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240, in Martha’s memory, would be much appreciated.