Gene M. West of Chelsea, Maine passed away peacefully on April 9th, 2022 at the age of 96. Gene was born in Saco, Maine on January 23, 1926 and was a graduate of Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine and Nasson College in Springvale, Maine.
Gene is predeceased by her mother Ruth West, father George West and her brothers Ralph, George, Neal and her sister, Margaret (Peggy).
Gene is survived by her many nieces and nephews and their families.
Gene and her mother "Mimi" lived on what became known as Raspberry Hill Farm where she originally planted 24 raspberry bushes that grew over time and produced up to 500 pints of berries each year.
After graduating college, Gene went on to be the Director of School Nutrition Programs State Department Of Education and Cultural Services for the State of Maine and was very proud of her tenure there.
Gene's life was dedicated to her faith in Jesus. This is best expressed in the book she authored, Where Did I Come From?. The prologue includes this message to her family:
"Bless you all, I am glad I had the privilege of being part of your life. One more thing I must say before this is closed. I have a family in Heaven too. I came to know Jesus in a personal way when I was in college. As the years have gone by, I have never been a good "Christian", but I have learned to depend on my Lord to help me. For a number of years, I have prayed every day for you. My first prayer for you has been that your relationship with Him would be as real to you as mine is to my Lord. The next has been that you will be well and safe from the world. As long as he gives me breath and awareness, you will be in my prayers. I thank Him for each of you. With Love, Auntie Gene, Aunt Gene, Gene"
The privilege was ours and you will be missed dearly Auntie Gene, Aunt Gene, Gene.
There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday April 16, 2022 at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Burial will be at a later date in Dunstan Cemetery, Scarborough, ME.