Meta Anne Marie Bendt Chilson, 93, formerly of Albany Township, Pa. passed away Wednesday evening March 12, 2014 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.
Meta was born in Germany on Nov. 29, 1920 the daughter of Hermann and Marie Friar Bendt. She came to the United States at the age of 6 and lived in Wilkes-Barre during her early life. As a young woman, Meta served as a nanny for the Robins family in West Orange, N.J. and Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. On Feb. 9, 1946 she married Charles F. Chilson in New Albany, Pa. Meta was a hard worker and helped her husband with their small dairy farm for which they both held great pride. Meta was formerly employed by Herman Rynveld Sons in New Albany, the Towanda Corsett Company and retired from Dushore Lingerie in 1985. Meta was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Overton, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was a former member of the Twin Rivers Motorcycle Club in Athens Township with whom she enjoyed trips to Laconia, N.H. over the years. Meta will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, making hand crafts at home and baking as well as bird feeding and tending her flower and vegetable gardens. Family and friends always looked forward to her special rhubarb pie, cookies and corn fritters.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Chilson of New Albany and fiancé Gordon Crawford; sisters, Irma Wilhelm of Towanda, Giesela Robinson and husband Martin of New Albany; sister-in-law, Katharine Bendt of New Albany; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles on Feb. 3, 1991; brother, William Bendt; and brother-in-law, Frederick Wilhelm.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with Rev. Ronald Dyer officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Hatch Hill Cemetery, Albany Township, Pa.
Contributions may be directed to the New Albany Community Library, in care of Debbie McComb, 4610 Route 220, New Albany, PA 18833 or to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in Meta's memory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com