PORTLAND – Alfreda Delano Babino, left this world Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at a Portland hospital surrounded by her loving family after a struggle with cancer that she met with grace, courage and amazing strength. Alfreda was born June 2, 1933, in Lincoln, to Clarence and Emogene Lancaster Delano. Alfreda was the epitome of mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and wife always finding a way to see the beauty and potential in those around her and to nurture and celebrate that in both quiet and profound ways. Known as Grammie, Nanny and Gigi to her grandchildren, Alfreda was a regular at their soccer games, swim meets, horse shows, cheerleading competitions, baseball games, dance recitals, plays and concerts reveling in the joy that these brought to her and to her grandchildren. Alfreda was passionate about her love for her family and used her many talents to convey that as she made beautiful quilts, knit scarves and sweaters, sewed nightgowns, aprons, blankets and dresses and made her signature home cooked meals, cookies, fudge and cakes for all who came to the house. She enjoyed golf, theater, movies, fishing, cross country skiing and playing cards and games. Alfreda supported her community giving of her time and self in many special ways. She was active in the annual Maine Children’s Cancer Program walk, made regular platelet donations to the Red Cross, sponsored Christian, a young child in the Philippines, was a Eucharistic minister for St. Joseph’s, Zephyrhills, Fla., swung a hammer to help build a Habitat for Humanity house and was the senior member of a three generation team of women for the project. She volunteered at an annual horseshow to benefit Special Olympic athletes. Alfreda retired from Unionmutual after 25 years of dedicated service, where she enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to a thriving company and know and work with many incredible people. Prior to that, she was a loving stay-at-home mom, worked in a nursery school in Northeast Harbor, delighted guest at Cranberry Inn, and started her work life at the municipal office in Lincoln. She was predeceased by her parents; and her siblings, Vivian Larly Tierney, Sidney Delano, Clint Delano and Melbourne Delano. Alfreda is survived by her loving family, including her husband of 56 years, Ed Babino; sons, Jeff Babino and his wife, Robin, and David Babino and his wife, Trish; daughters, Denise Bell and her husband, Jeff, and Liz Stephens and her husband, Dutch; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Jaime Haight and her husband, Chuck, and children, Tyler and Rylan, Joe Babino, Emily Bell, Ally Bell, Sara Stephens, Patrick Stephens, Jenny Babino, Jessy Babino, Amy Babino, Philip Reed and Cory Reed, all of whom she adored. Alfreda will be deeply missed but will live forever in the hearts of her family and friends. Visiting hours were held 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at St. Anne’s Church, Main St., Gorham. Spring burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 100 Campus Drive Unit 107, Scarborough, ME 04074.