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ETNA - Martha M. Alexander, 88, went home to be with the Lord on June 10, 2009 at a Bangor health care facility. She was born May 6, 1921 in Newport a daughter of George and Myra (Stevens) McKenney. Martha -"Tarpie" to some- will be greatly missed for her loving ways: her love for babies and family, with a kiss and a hug for all. Her cooking will be missed, especially her famous apple pie and cheese. She married her first husband, Claude Ordway, and they farmed in Etna for a number of years. Martha also worked as a cook in several area restaurants. She was a past member of the Etna Grange and the Etna Rebekahs. Claude predeceased her in 1984. She was also predeceased by her second husband, Lewis Alexander, in 2003; 2 sons, Duane Ordwary in 1971, and Robert Ordway in 2004; an infant daughter, Margaret Jean ; a step son, William Alexander in 2008; and a great granddaughter, Jenni Bemis in 2000.

She is survived by a daughter Olive and husband Jack Bergert of Zephyrhills, FL and Winter Harbor; 2 step daughters, Kay and husband Lester Savage, and Ruth Lennox, all of Hudson, FL; a daughter-in-law, Katherine Alexander of Hamilton, NJ; 7 grandchildren, Eileen Bemis, Janelle Leeman, Renee Fournier, Cindy Ordway , Jack, Jeffrey and Bruce Bergert; 7 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece and her husband, Respah and Allen Graves with whom she made her home, and their children with whom she was like a grandmother; as well as special friends, Evelyn Flower, Helen and Jr. Ridinger, Kathy Norwood, Jerry and Josina. Martha was also predeceased by her brothers, Perley, Glenwood, Charles, Norman and Carol; and sisters, Susie, Jennie, Myrtle, Olive and Barbara. The family wishes to thank the staff at Westgate Manor in Bangor for their wonderful care.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 PM Sunday, June 14th, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Monday, with the Rev. Ronnie Libby officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at

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