Arlene Ruth (Frederick) Beardsley

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Arlene Ruth Frederick Beardsley
1923 - 2017
WATERVILLE - Arlene Beardsley passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after a long and courageous battle against Parkinson's disease.
Arlene Ruth Frederick Beardsley was born in Pittsfield on Nov, 30, 1923, to James and Richette (Cianchette) Frederick. She grew up in Pittsfield with five siblings, graduated from Maine Central Institute, and served two years in the Navy during World War II.
She married Bronson Beardsley, and had a daughter, Barbara. They moved from Portland to Pittsfield, where they lived for nine years, during which time she owned and operated the Village Flower Shop. When they returned to Portland, she worked for Harmon's Florist Shop, and later developed an estate sale business.
After her divorce, Arlene moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she operated a small restaurant and ran a clothing consignment shop. Always busy and industrious, she published two books during this period: a peanut butter cookbook, and "The Sweet Apple Tree Farm," a collection of stories about life on the farm.
She met Arthur Smith, with whom she shared 22 years in Pompano Beach, Fla., enjoying boating, fishing, golfing and traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Alaska.
Those who knew Arlene will remember her as a gregarious person with a friendly smile and a quick wit. She loved her family, her friends, travel, music, fashion, and especially dancing. Always optimistic and cheerful, she spent her last years at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara Beardsley, Barbara's partner Richard Notarbartolo, her granddaughter Caroline Millecam, all of Waterville; her sister Phyllis Luke, of Westbrook; her nephew Daniel LaFleur and his family, of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Thanks to all the working angels of Mount St. Joseph, and a special thanks to Mike DeRaps for his continuing care and concern for Arlene during her long residence there.
Burial services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that contributions
be made in Arlene's name to the
Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson's Research
P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5041
online at:

Published in Central Maine on June 13, 2017