Elizabeth Gribbin Obituary

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Elizabeth M. Gribbin

September 23, 1921 - August 16, 2014
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Portland- Elizabeth "Betty" M. Gribbin, 92 of State Street, died on August 16, 2014, in Portland. She was born in Portland on September 23, 1921, a daughter of Charles P. and Elizabeth O'Neill Gribbin and was the youngest of 13 children. She was educated in the Portland school system and was a 1939 graduate of Portland High School. She began her career as an entertainer in 1939 on the WGAN Talent Club on Saturday mornings and was the mistress of ceremonies of the show. Later that year, she began working with Ken McKensie on his daily radio show- Ken's Western Variety Show. Betty later performed on Ken's TV show as a singer and...
Portland- Elizabeth "Betty" M. Gribbin, 92 of State Street, died on August 16, 2014, in Portland. She was born in Portland on September 23, 1921, a daughter of Charles P. and Elizabeth O'Neill Gribbin and was the youngest of 13 children. She was educated in the Portland school system and was a 1939 graduate of Portland High School.
She began her career as an entertainer in 1939 on the WGAN Talent Club on Saturday mornings and was the mistress of ceremonies of the show. Later that year, she began working with Ken McKensie on his daily radio show- Ken's Western Variety Show.
Betty later performed on Ken's TV show as a singer and comedienne- "Windy" Betty Gribbin. Ken's western shows performed not only on local radio and TV, but also in countless cities and towns throughout northern New England. She was elected to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and described as, "one of the cornerstones of Maine Country Music".
In addition, during WW II, as a member of the U.S.O., Betty entertained our troops up and down the east coast.
Betty worked for J.E. Goold & Co. in telephone sales for 23 years and another twenty years as a bus tour guide, her "dream job", for Maine Line Tours.
One of Betty's fondest memories was, for many years, organizing the Cathedral Parish's St. Patrick's Day Minstrel Show.
She was a communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a member of the Irish-American Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Assn. and the Maine Country Music Association.
Betty was pre-deceased by her parents and her 12 siblings. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. Prayers will be recited Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM at the funeral home to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. Portland. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign Betty's online guest book. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, c/o Nancy Crosby, 398 Keeth Road, Jay, ME 04239, or, The Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Assn. 277 Cumberland Ave. Portland, ME 04101.

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