Arline I. Eldredge
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SANFORD - Arline I. Eldredge, 97, of Sanford, died in Kennebunk on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Arline was born in Sanford on April 6, 1915, to Grover and Mabel (Cram) Hall.
She grew up in Sanford, attended local schools, and graduated from Sanford High School.
When she was young, she was employed at the Sanford mills and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard until she was married, at which time she left work to start her family.
Arline enjoyed playing Bingo and vegetable gardening. When she was younger, she also enjoyed going dancing with her husband on a regular basis.
Arline was known as a wonderful cook by her friends and family. She enjoyed having company, and nobody who visited her left without having something to eat.
She was also a very witty woman with an excellent sense of humor.
Arline was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to caring for her family. She will be dearly missed.
Arline was predeceased by her husband, Burkett, and her two sons, Michael and Stephan.
Surviving are her grandchildren, Cynthia Lytle and her husband, Matt, of Springfield, Ohio, and Michael Eldredge, Jr. and his wife, Rachel, of Sanford; five great grandchildren, Aaron, Evan and Jenna Lytle and Alaina and Chase Eldredge; one great-great granddaughter, Kairi; and many nieces and nephews.
This poem, written by Cynthia and given to Arline years ago, only begins to explain how much Arline is revered by her family.
Gifts Of Memories (for Grammy Arline)
Golden Rod kisses
New school shoes
And pretty pink dresses
Home cooked meals
Longs days at the beach
I remember with fondness
All of these things
So thank you for all
Of these memories
You've given so much
To Mike and to me
And when I get to be a Grandma
It will be my goal
To make gifts of memories
Like those you've bestowed
At Arline's request, there will be no public services.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Special Olympics Maine, Attn: Linda, 125 John Roberts Road #5, South Portland, Maine 04106.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Fosters from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2013