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Guest Book for Wilma T. Anders

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20th Maine Company B Guest Book for

Wilma Thompson Anders


April 7, 2008

Joshua's Angel - Malta Lee Phelps

Wilma, you added an element to the 20th Me that can never be matched by another. You had a willingness to share all your knowledge with such enthusiasm. You will be missed by many and forgotten by few.

Malta Lee Phelps and Richard Wall (Tenants Harbor , Maine)

March 18, 2008

We always enjoyed talking to her at Leonard's Mills and other events.  She was a fine lady.  We will miss her.

Bill & Kathy Cook (Amherst, Maine)

March 6, 2008

Ray & Jane Legere

February 26, 2008

While I did not know "Mother" as long as many in the unit, I was amazed at how she always made me feel like we had been good friends for a life time. I believe she was that way with everyone she met in the Civil War reenacting circle. I was able to see her several times during the last days and was amazed at how strong she was right up until the end. The last day I saw her she asked me to sit by the side of the bed and hold her hand. She told me several times how important the 20th Maine was to her and how special all her "boys" were to her. I know she wished she could speak to each and everyone and tell them this. We are all better people for knowing her and I am sure she is up there now looking down and saying "dont be making such a fuss about me"
I personally would like to thank Roger and Fran who I know helped her out alot during the last days.

Cpl. Tim Brochu (Brewer, Me)

February 25, 2008

Even though the 20th Maine lives on, from here on out there will be a big hole remaining that can not be filled.  Mother, you were a large part of the 20th and your presentations gave the unit fullness that probably won't be realized again.  Your wit and smile will be missed for sure, but it won't be that long until we are reunited once again.  Thanks for my special memories.

Thornton Batty (South Thomaston, ME)

February 23, 2008

I personally want to thank each and everyone that was there for Wilma. She really meant a lot to me, but I was so far away, I couldn't go up to see her as much as I wanted to!  It sure made me feel a lot more comfortable knowing she was always taken care of with love and kind consideration by her family, friends and staff.

Even though I couldn't be there as often, I knew that the 20th was always there checking on her, and it made me feel proud and honored being associated with them. She so often talked about all the wonderful memories she had with us, and she was especially happy that you had gone to the Brewer Rehab and Living Center to see her after the meeting, in order to give her a chance to see everyone individually, and to say good-by.

Thank you all for making her final days of suffering and distress, so much more pleasurable for her... As she had said in her final thank you letter to the 20th Me., "God Bless You All!"

~ Eric McKendry (Scarborough, ME)

February 23, 2008

We love and miss you. It's not the same here without you!

Lisa Keenan (South Portland, ME)

February 22, 2008

To Wlma's Family, We will miss her many visits and times we spent together when she came to Scarborough, especially at Christmas with our family, we all loved her and will always remember her. The Gervais Family

Roxanne Gervais (Buxton, ME)

February 20, 2008

News reached me late today on the passing of Mrs. Wilma Anders. Some of you may remember her from such events in Maine as Mrs. Joshua Chamberlain, mother of General Chamberlain.

If I may say a few words about "Mrs. Chamberlain" as we used to call her here in Maine. I first met her a number of years ago when I was with the 20th Maine but for some reason did not bond a relationship until the 29th Georgia regained strength to be a viable unit again.

Mrs. Chamberlain was "curious about the Southern side of the war but was wary of the enemy soldiers trying to kill her son." as she often told folks of her first contact with us. She accidentally wandered into our territory and immediately escorted to our headquarters where she was extended every Southern courtesy imagined for a woman of her grace. She was afterwards escorted back to her own lines safely into the hands of the 20th Maine. It appeared that she so enjoyed her experienced that she made a dozen or so more trips across our lines to exchange pleasantries over the years.

She was one of the kindest, outspoken souls I have ever known and she will be deeply missed by all in our unit.

William Cotton Gillway
Captain, 29th Georgia Infantry

February 20, 2008

You were so very kind to me. I will miss your hugs and words of encouragement.

I am sure your grandson will grow to be a kind, compassionate and caring person, through your influence, and make you proud.

I will miss you greatly!

Brenda Currier-Littlefield (Port Angeles, WA)

February 20, 2008

I worked with Wilma at EMMC during the 70's. She was a very efficient night charge nurse, and a wonderful person. We exchanged Christmas cards for a few years after I left Maine. My condolences to her family and friends.

Lois Libby (Largo, FL)

February 20, 2008

Wilma, you were such a dear and cherished friend of my mother, Tina. Running across the street to have a cup of tea and to chat was comforting for you both. You always watched over her with kindness and care.

I have fond memories of our trips back and forth from Portland to Brewer numerous times, when you stopped driving your car and needed to re-connect to the people "back home" again! The many laughs we had will never, ever be forgotten. You had such a wonderful wit and always "worked at being eccentric" (your own definition). Our photos will even be more cherished now that you are gone and I will miss you tremendously. May God have a special place for you in His Kingdom.
Love, Judy

Judy Hochmuth (Scarborough, ME)

February 20, 2008

Mike and I had the pleasure of meeting you at EMMC during his sessions, always the smile and lending hand. Thank you for your support during our time of need and for the card, letters and stories I so enjoyed. You will be surely missed. With love as always, Mike and Lorna Foster

Lorna Foster (Monson, ME)

February 20, 2008

The world is a duller place without you, Wilma.

Lori Watts (Augusta, ME)

February 19, 2008

It is hard to believe you will no longer walk the roads at the Fort with your beautiful smile and burgundy dress portraying Sarah, always looking as if Joshua were to round the next corner with the rest of your sons for a lively inspection of the troops. No one can ever replace you!

Denis & Lois McKeering (Hartland, ME)

February 18, 2008

You were an unforgettable person!
Touching everyone’s lives you came in contact with.
God Bless your loved ones.

Andrew Tatlock (Corinth, ME)

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