LOUISE M. CHARITY\r\n1930-2018\r\n\r\nBENTON, ME--Louise M. Charity, a lifelong resident of Benton, Maine, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, with family by her side. She was 87 years young.\r\n\r\nLouise was born on May 3, 1930, the daughter of Ralph and Sadie (Spencer) Crosby. She graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, ME in 1948. She married the love of her life, Richard A. (Chic) Charity, Sr., on December 24, 1949; they were married for 54 years, until the time of his death. \r\n\r\nLouise enjoyed raising flowers and gardening. She was well-known for her icicle and dill pickles, as well as for her preserving and baking. Biscuits, bismarks, donuts, pies, and popcorn balls were family favorites. Louise enjoyed cooking with her grandchildren, and welcomed little fingers into her favorite 'dough bowl.' She was thoughtful of her neighbors, and would deliver baked goods and casseroles to friends who were ill or in need. She was truly a kind-hearted, caring, and generous woman.\r\n\r\nLouise had many other talents as well. She crocheted afghans for family members, made pillows, enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and made her own wreaths. She also loved music, singing, and taught herself to play the guitar. She enjoyed family gatherings that included singalongs, camping, and bonfires. She loved holidays, and made each birthday a special celebration for her children and grandchildren. Chic and Louise enjoyed dancing together on Saturday nights, and were especially well known for their skill in dancing the jitterbug.\r\n\r\nLouise retired from J.C. Penney in Waterville, ME, where she enjoyed working for many years. She worked previously at a butcher shop, a shoe store, a greenhouse, and in the pickle factory, which had been located along the banks of the Sebasticook River in Benton, ME. She also worked at West's Variety, and enjoyed seeing the success of her family members, who owned the store, She enjoyed membership at the Benton Falls Congregational Church, working on the church suppers in the pie room, making beans, brown bread, and red flannel hash.\r\n\r\nLouise was pre-deceased by her parents, Ralph and Sadie Crosby; husband, Richard A. Charity, Sr.; siblings, Delbert Crosby, Leah Maxwell, Nellie Alexander, and Jean Crosby; niece, Cindy (Crosby) Wolfe; and nephew, Gary MacKnight.\r\n\r\nLouise's life and memory will continue to be celebrated by her surviving family; sister, Linda Crosby; her daughters, Cheryl Seamans and husband Steve, of Athens, ME, Terry Hall and her partner Doug, of Albion, ME, and son, Richard Charity, Jr. and wife Jacki, of Benton, ME; her grandchildren, Desirae Stowe, Darcee Skidgell, Brandon Hall, Sarah Obare, Hannah Seamans, Ami Newell, and Richard Charity, III; her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Stowe, Demika Stowe, Ayla Skidgell, Wyatt Skidgell, Lydia Skidgell, Issak Muse, Maddox Obare, Matteo Rodriguez, Ayden Newell, Brady Newell, Crosby Newell, and Clara Charity. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. \r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be held at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, ME, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Lawry Brothers on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Bill Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at Brown Cemetery in Benton, ME.\r\n\r\nFor those who wish, donations in her memory can be made to the Benton Falls Congregational Church, 106 Falls Road, Benton, Maine, 04901.\r\n\r\nAn online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com\r\n\r\nArrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield, ME.