Marjorie Phippen

b. 15 July 1904
d. 20 Mar. 2002


Marjorie Phippen was the daughter of Oscar and Millie "Pink" Bulger.

When Postmaster Mrs. Madeline B. Worcester remarried 5 Aug. 1940, Marjorie became Acting Postmaster one week later.  She held that job for only a month, until Barbara Beal became Postmaster on 20 Sept. 1940.  (Ethel Wedge followed Barbara Beal as Postmaster starting 30 June 1944.)

Marjorie became Acting Postmaster again on 30 Sept. 1961 when Ethel Wedge resigned her Postmastership.  Marjorie was named full Postmaster on 15 April 1963, and held the job until 8 Oct. 1976, when Sonja Colby took over.

Postal info

Marjorie's wit, and her memories of the Cranberry Isles, were captured in a video interview available from the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society.  The video was made just a few months before she passed away.

Obituary from The Mount Desert Islander

Marjorie E. Phippen

Marjorie E. Phippen, of Southwest Harbor, died at age 97 March 20, 2002, in Bar Harbor.  She was born July 15, 1904, on Cranberry Island, the daughter of Oscar and Millie (Harding) Bulger.

She was married to Leslie "Phip" Phippen for 65 years and lived nearly all her long life on the island.  An accomplished wife and mother, she also worked for several "summer families."  She loved playing her piano, and she and "Phip" were "regulars" at the island dances.  She served as town clerk and later became post-mistress of Great Cranberry Isle.  She was a lifelong member of the Ladies Aid, a group which faithfully supported Cranberry Island Church.  Mrs. Phippen was well known for her beautiful, handsewn quilts, as well as for the most delicious pies and doughnuts.  She served her community and her family with unconditional love.  Since her husband died in 1986 she had been living in Southwest Harbor, where she truly enjoyed going to the Kozy Kove Restaurant for lunches, usually with her daughter-in-law, Lucie, as a companion, but the rest of the family often joined them.

Mrs. Phippen loved meeting people and always had a hug or a kiss and a kind word for all she met.  When her declining health forced her to remain at home, she continued to be a courageous example to her family.  In her more than 97 years of life, she bore many hardships and experienced many joys.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her sister, Hilda; her sons, Paul and Shirley; daughters, Louise and Wenonah; and grandchildren, Bobby and Debbie.  She endured the pain of these losses, but never complained, "Why Me?"  She is survived by her son, Richard of Bass Harbor; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; special friends Mary and Paul Kessler.

There will be a memorial service this summer, and her ashes will be buried at Harding Family Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Cranberry Island Church, care of Gaile Colby, treasurer Cranberry Isles 04625; or to the Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West St., Bar Harbor 04609.

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courtesy of Priscilla Richardson

Marjorie and son "Dickie"

courtesy of Priscilla Richardson

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