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Elizabeth Jean (Gamble) Simonitis

June 18, 1939 ~ August 30, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Freeport - Elizabeth (Betsy) Gamble Simonitis, known to many as Betsy.  Betsy was called home to be with the Lord on August 30, 2023.  She was born in Barre Vermont on August 16, 1939 to Gerald “Pee Wee” Gamble and Gladys Wood Gamble.

In 1943 they moved to Bath Maine when “Pee Wee” joined the motion picture projectionist union.  She graduated from Woolwich Grammar School in 1953 and Morse High School in 1957.  Her favorite subjects were gymnastics, sports, Majorettes, Rifle Club, and days off.

Her first job was as a bookkeeper at the uptown theater in 1955. She would later retire from IBM in 1973.  She moved to Freeport in 1979.  On July 4th 1983 she and her husband (William) started Country Redemption Center which is still in operation.

One of her favorite pastimes was reading and having visits from family, friends, and neighbors. In her younger days she liked dancing and was known to occasionally stand on her head and walk on her hands.

Everyone knew her as a friendly, kind, caring, and generous person who always had a good sense of humor which often included a good laugh at her own expense.  Even though not a regular church goer, she was a person of authentic faith that was rooted in Christ.

She also had a love for animals and had many cats and dogs over her lifetime.  She was especially fond of Shetland Sheepdogs or “Shelties”.

She is predeceased by William J Simonitis (husband), Gerald “Pee Wee” Gamble (father), Gladys Wood Gamble (mother), and Betty Goodall Gamble (step-mother).  Anita Michaud (Sister) and her husband David Michaud Sr., David Michaud Jr (nephew).


She is survived by Peter Simonitis (son), Renee (daughter in law), Emerald (grandchild), Brandon(grandchild), and Anderson (grandchild) of Auburn, Maine, Daniel Simonitis (son), Catherine (daughter in law), Iris and Naomi (grand dogs) of Durham, Maine, Alan Scribner (son) Kaelee and Jessica (grandchildren) of Avon Connecticut, Jimmy Michaud (nephew) his wife Mary and their kids Haley and Dylan of Topsham.

Viewing hours will be on Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing Street, Brunswick.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.

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September 7, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Demers Desmond Funeral Home
34 Cushing Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

Funeral Service
September 8, 2023

11:00 AM
Demers Desmond Funeral Home
34 Cushing Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

September 8, 2023

1:30 PM
Gracelawn Memorial Park
980 Turner Street
Auburn, ME 04210


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