Dr. Marion Moulton

WEST NEWFIELD - Dr. Marion Moulton, of West Newfield, passed away on Nov. 27 at the Newton Center in Sanford with family at her side.

She was born on June 10, 1914, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Allen H. and Edna (Smart) King.

Marion attended schools in Massachusetts and Maine. She graduated from Woburn High School at age 16. She was accepted into Boston University's College of Liberal Arts and majored in pre-med, planning to be a veterinarian, but changed her plans after a friend was bedridden for a year. She passed her exams during her third year of pre-med and was accepted into BU's School of Medicine at the age of 19. She was one of eight women in the entire medical school, graduating in 1938.

Marion interned at the New England Hospital for Women and Children and joined the medical staff at Smith College.

In 1941, she married Arthur Moulton and moved to his hometown of West Newfield to begin private practice. Her office was in her home.

During World War II, she had office hours in West Newfield and in Sanford, as she was asked to cover for some of the doctors who had been called into the service.

Over the next 43 years, she served the residents of Newfield and the surrounding towns in Maine as well as in New Hampshire, making house calls as well as traveling to Goodall Hospital. Dr. Moulton filled many medical positions: Maine medical examiner; hospital president and committee member; and county medical society president and board member. She served on many other boards throughout the years; she also was a school physician in three towns and, for more than four decades, the town health officer. She retired in 1984 at the age of seventy.

Not only was she a country doctor, she was the mother of six children and an excellent cook, and had many hobbies, including knitting, crocheting, tatting and embroidery. While at the hospital waiting for a baby to arrive, she would take out a project that she was working on.

She was very active in her church, serving on many committees, singing in the choir and joining the Women's Fellowship as a member.

There have been many articles written about her and published in the Sanford News, Journal Tribune, and Press Herald; there was also a story about her in Yankee Magazine.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Arthur Moulton, a son, David Moulton, and four siblings.

She is survived by her sons, Allen Moulton, and his wife, Joanna, Edward Moulton and his wife, Patricia, and Carl Moulton and his wife, Shelly, all of West Newfield, and Wendell Moulton and his wife, Mary Beth of Marcellus, N.Y.; daughter, Helen Curry, and her husband, Robert, of Kennebunkport; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at the West Newfield Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery in Parsonsfield. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the West Newfield Congregational Church, P.O. Box 85, West Newfield, Maine 04095.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Fosters from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2012