BELFAST – Marguerite Rowe Rivers, M.Ed., died Sunday, March 16, 2008, after a brief illness. She was born in Corinna, the daughter of Frederick and Marie Rowe. She was a graduate of Searsport High School, Farmington Normal School and the University of Maine, obtaining her Bachelor of Science and masters degree, and also attended the University of Maine at Gorham, studying adult education there, and taught adult education for 10 years. Marguerite taught schools in Washington and Searsport, teaching all grades beginning in rural schools. Most of her 30 years of teaching was spent in high school, teaching history. Later in her teaching career, she served as department head. Marguerite organized and was advisor for Future Teachers of America Club, served as advisor to a successful debate club, was senior advisor for many years and served as vice principal. During her teaching career, Marguerite was active in the Searsport Teachers Association; served as a delegate to the NEA in Seattle, Wash., representing Maine; and also served on the Maine State Committee on Education. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Searsport, serving as church clerk and on the board of deacons and was an active member of the Women’s Fellowship for many years. She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, past worthy matron of Anchor Chapter, past treasurer of Bethany Chapter, and a member of Primrose Chapter. Marguerite served as president of Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for teachers; an active member of Waldo County Retired Teachers, serving many years as secretary and later as president; a member of Maine Retired Teachers Association and e National Retired Teachers Association; a charter member of Lioness International; a former member of Searsport Historical Society and Law Enforcement; a life member of Penobscot Marine Museum, working as a volunteer for many years; a member and volunteer of Waldo Hospital Aid; and served on the board of Sweetser Home. Marguerite lived in Providence, R.I., for many years, and while there, was active in Parent Teachers Club of Rhode Island. She was a matriarch of five generations, surviving by daughter, Marilyn (Rivers) Kenney and husband, Irvin; sons, Merton Rivers and wife, Mary, and M. Keith Rivers and wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Richard, Alan and N. Kevin Kenney, Heather (Rivers) O’Keefe, and Brianna (Rivers) Robinson; great-grandchildren, Steven, Jessica and Hilary Kenney, Aislinn, Brennan and Ainslee O’Keefe; one great-great-granddaughter, Lynsey May Kenney; several nieces and nephews; as well as special friend and companion, Wilbur “Bill” Marden and his family, for more than 20 years. Marguerite was predeceased by her husband of many years, Maurice Rivers; and two sisters, Leila Abbott and Flora Mora. At Marguerite’s request, a celebration of her life will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Curtis Hall of First Congregational Church of Searsport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marguerite’s memory may be made to Waldo County Health Care, Inc., P.O. Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport, ME 04974.