Muriel Fish

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MURIEL E. FISH
1958 - 2018
SMITHFIELD - Muriel E. Fish, 59, of Smithfield, passed away at home with her family by her side on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Muriel was born on Dec. 15, 1958, in Hartland, the daughter of the late George E. Fish, Sr., and Gladys (Walker) Fish.
She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1992 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree and in 1999 received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.
She was an active member of the Smithfield Baptist Church, led the adult Sunday school class, and served as church librarian.
She enjoyed many employment opportunities including Christmas tree trimmer, nanny, teaching assistant, day care aide, bookseller, and settled on teaching public speaking and writing courses at Thomas College for 15 years. Her poems and essays were published in journals and anthologies.
Perhaps one of her greatest achievements, Muriel created and led the Pen In Hand Writing Circle at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care for patients, family members, and care partners affected by cancer.
Muriel was an avid reader, and she enjoyed studying nature. She will be remembered for her humble nature, loving spirit and compassion for others.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Houston; beloved daughter Stephanie Vermette of Norridgewock, son-in-law Brandon Libby; siblings George Fish and wife of Cornville, Joyce Kjenstad and husband of Seabrook, N.H., Irmalene Holt of Skowhegan, Eleanor MacAfee and husband of Skowhegan, Norman Moody of Canaan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Muriel's doctors for their expertise and care as well as the dedicated nurses and staff at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. We also thank Andrea Martelle, Ruth Coffey, and Rev. Joe Dressler for their compassionate attention during Muriel's illness.
Muriel chose to donate her body to the Anatomical Donor Program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for the purposes of medical education and research.
A remembrance service to honor Muriel's life will be held at Smithfield Baptist Church, 25 Lake View Dr., Smithfield, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served in the church dining room following the service.

In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to the:
Smithfield Baptist Church
Community Outreach Fund
c/o Smithfield Baptist Church
PO Box 34
Smithfield, ME 04978




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Smithfield Baptist Church
25 Lake View Dr
Smithfield, ME 04978
(207) 362-5891
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Published in Central Maine on Sept. 14, 2018