Mildred Faustina (Butler) Goff, 97, passed away on October 20, 2019 at The Knox Center in Rockland. Mildred was born on January 29, 1922 to Vic Jackson Butler and George W. Butler, Jr. and grew up and attended schools in Rockport until 1937. She graduated from Union High School in 1939 and graduated from Gates Business School in 1941.
She married Elmer F. Goff in 1941 and in 1945, Mildred and Elmer bought the Robbins Block on Union Common and ran a patent drug and variety store. In 1962, Mildred and Elmer built Elmer’s Restaurant in Union and Mildred operated the store from 1962 to 1972 while Elmer operated the restaurant. In 1972, they sold the Robbins Block and Mildred and Elmer worked in the restaurant together until 1983. Elmer’s Restaurant was an iconic fixture in the mid coast area, serving home style meals as well as pies, pastries and baked goods made daily on the premises. Elmer’s Restaurant employed many people in the area over the years, and numerous family members, including Mildred’s mother and daughter, Jan.
Mildred was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and People’s United Methodist Church, especially the shawl ministry. Mildred loved spending time with her family, gardening, playing cards, reading, watching the Red Sox, traveling, baking, quilting, knitting and crocheting all with a precise attention to detail and particular perfection. She was well loved by all, always quick with a smile and kind word and had a dry, witty sense of humor.
Mildred is survived by her sister, Ruth Leonard of Union, brother Howard Butler of Union, son, Frederick (Ted) Goff and his wife Patricia Goff, daughter Jan Wentworth and her husband Harold Wentworth, grandchildren Tanya (Goff) Richmond of Hooksett, NH, Eric Goff of Monmouth, Jason Wentworth of Danby, NY, Jonathan Wentworth of Enfield, NY, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Vic and George Butler, Jr., brothers, Clarence (Buddy) and Royce and her beloved husband Elmer to whom she was married for 59 years. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. to be held at the People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street, in Union, with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the People’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 105, Union, ME 04862 or Union Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Union, ME 04862.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro . To extend online condolences please visit www.hallfuneralhomes.com