ELLSWORTH – Mary J. Milliken, 63, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, at an Ellsworth hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Franklin, on Dec. 27, 1941, to Basil G. and Dorothy M. (Stillwell) Rankin. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards, putting together puzzles with the grandchildren, camping, or just talking about the day’s events. She met her husband, George, the summer of 1956, and they were married in Ellsworth in 1958. During their 47 years together, they loved and raised a family of four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Mary worked for the Ellsworth School Dept. as a cook for many years. She then volunteered her time to the Ellsworth Falls Thrift Store. She is survived by her husband, George E. Milliken Sr. of Ellsworth; four children, George Jr. and his wife, Dawn, Wayne and his wife, Terri, Evelyn Jordan and her husband, Ryan, all of Ellsworth, Sandra Rhodes and her husband, Lloyd, of Surry; seven grandchildren, Wayne J. Milliken, Kelly Murphy and her fianc?, Rich, Kristy Salisbury and her fianc?, Darral, Joshua W. Tilghman, Scott Milliken and his friend, Allysa, Matthew Milliken and his friend, Monique, and Randa M. Rhodes; four great-grandchildren, Kenedy Milliken, Keith Edgecomb, Kevin Salisbury, and Shawn Commeau. Mary was awaiting the birth of her fifth great-grandchild. She is also survived by a sister, Alice Wark and husband, Linwood; three brothers, Ernest L. Stillwell and wife, Margaretta, of Florida, Basil Rankin Jr. and wife, Maryann, of Township 8, and Robert Rankin and wife, Marjorie, of Southwest Harbor; and a very close and special friend, Mary Maddocks. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Frances L. Gray; two brothers, Leroy Rankin and Charles Rankin. A graveside service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at Bayview Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls. “I’m Free” Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took God’s hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up you heart and share with me- God wanted me now, God set me free.