Muriel Irene Carpenter

February 8, 1928May 9, 2014
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SKOWHEGAN - Muriel Fentiman Carpenter, of Skowhegan, passed away on May 9, 2014, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, with her family by her side. She was born in Madison, the daughter of Charles E. Fentiman and Lydia B. (Watson) Fentiman. She graduated from the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewiston as a registered nurse. She married Alfred M. Carpenter in 1952. Muriel worked nearly a half century at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. Most of this time was as the operating room supervisor. She retired from Redington-Fairview General Hospital in 2000. Muriel was a member of the Nazarene Church, a member of the Nationals Elks Foundation and a past trustee, and a member of the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge. Muriel loved to travel, mostly to visit family members. Her hobbies included knitting, Bingo, and going to casinos. In her earlier years, she enjoyed camping with the family at the Abnaki Campground in Madison. She also, loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Alfred, of 62 years, of Skowhegan; four children: Patricia Bowditch and her husband, Terry, of Santee, S.C., Cheryl LeClair and her husband, Denny, of Skowhegan, James Carpenter, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Michael Carpenter, of Jonesborough, Tenn.; one sister, Harriette Gordon, of Skowhegan; grandchildren Tiffany LeClair Poulin and her husband, Travis, of Canaan, Alicia Carpenter, of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Kevin Nelen, of Bristol, Tenn.; great-grandchildren Hailey, Saige and Hunter Poulin, Chloe, Aiden and Alexis Nelen; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two brothers, George and Richard Fentiman; and one grandson, Gary LeClair. Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at First Congregational Church, River Road, Norridgewock, with the Rev. Nathan Richards officiating. A gathering of family and friends will immediately follow at the church. Burial will be held later at Sunset Cemetery in North Anson. Donations may be made in her memory to the Muriel Fentiman Carpenter Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Redington-Fairview General Hospital, P.O. Box 468, Skowhegan, ME 04976.

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Arrangements under the direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, Skowhegan, ME.


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Janine Lauze

May 15, 2014

Cheryl, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Muriel was a very special lady.

May 14, 2014

So sorry for loss, she was one great lady and will be missed by many.
Lana and Ron Caswell

Claire Kiedrowski

May 13, 2014

I was very saddened to hear this news. I remember Mrs. Carpenter telling me stories of her time as a young nurse - I was quite impressed with all she did! My thoughts are with you.

Elaine Strout

May 12, 2014

Our deepest sympathies for the whole family of Muriel. A lot of us worked with Mureal at the hospital at one time or another and Mom and I played bingo with her. She was a wonderful lady.
The Willette Family

May 12, 2014

To the family she is gonna really be missed by us all . The world lost a wonderful woman Mom Grandma and friend

Blanche Fentiman

May 12, 2014

You will be truly missed Muriel, will miss the fishing trips, and our Monday nights at Bingo. And all the fun we had in our past years! Until we meet again in the heavens RIP. Embrace Dick I am sure he was waiting for you. Love, Blanche

Mona Gagne, CRNA

May 12, 2014

My condolences to Muriels' family. Hearing her voice on the other end of the phone meant I was being called in for an emergency, she was a special person and will be missed.

Sherry Rogers

May 11, 2014

My condolences to all of Muriel's family. She was a great nurse and will be missed by many.


May 11, 2014

My love and support goes to all family and close friends. My words of encouragement come from Psalm 34: 18.

May 11, 2014

Our condolences to the family. She was a wonderful lady who did so much for so many.

Donna and Frank Tripodi