Ardith Roberta "Ardie" Hand (1936 - 2019)

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Roberts Funeral Home
62 Bowdoin Street
Winthrop, ME
Monday, Aug. 12, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roberts Funeral Home
62 Bowdoin Street
Winthrop, ME 04364
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Funeral service
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Winthrop Center Road
Winthrop, ME
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WINTHROP- Ardith "Ardie" Roberta Hand (nee Hudson), 82, formerly of Fort Fairfield, Maine, and Woodbridge, Va., died Aug. 6, 2019, peacefully at home in Winthrop, Maine, after battling lung cancer for several years. She was born in Aroostook Jct., New Brunswick, Canada on Sept. 21, 1936 to Edward and Florence Hudson (both deceased). She married the love of her life, Gilbert O. ("Gilly") Hand (deceased) on Sept. 1, 1953 and settled in Fort Fairfield, Maine, until Gilly's job moved them around the east coast. After living in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia, they retired back to Maine in 1988. Until her illness, she was an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Winthrop, where she was a member of the Episcopal Church Women's Group and served as president for several years, assisted with the summer and Christmas Fairs, and other church activities. She enjoyed bowling on a league for several years, volunteered at the St. Francis Hot Meal Kitchen in Winthrop and for a time was the head cook. Ardie was a talented cook who loved baking for her family, making preserves and pickles to share, sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening and SHOPPING. She is survived by four daughters: Sheila Shofkom (Roger) of North Carolina, Paula Thoresen (David) of Virginia, Vikki Jeffries (James) of Maine, Gilda Conkey (James) of Ohio, dearest sister to James Hudson (Aroostook Jct., N.B.), Grace McClusky (deceased) and Allister Hudson (deceased). In addition to her daughters and her brother, she leaves behind ten grandchildren: Justin Woody (Amanda) of Florida, Timothy Jeffries of Washington, Emily Shea (Cory) of Maryland, Amber Lamb (Mike) of Virginia, Melissa Lindvall of Illinois, Kathrine Street of Virginia, Julia Hopkins (Kevin) of Ohio, Kimberley Willemann (Tom) of Virginia, Ashley Jeffries of Maryland, and James Conkey Jr. (Aida) of Texas; 12 great-grandchildren: Emma Woody; Lennon, Arlo and Augustine Shea; Madison and Benjamin Lamb; Amelia Lindvall; Zoe and Luke Street; Riley and Reagan Willemann; J. Patrick Conkey III and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, brothers-and-sisters-in-law and cousins located across the U.S. and Canada, and many dear friends. Special thanks to the staff at The Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Maine General Medical Center and Maine General Hospice for their kindness, care and compassion. Friends and relatives may visit from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, August 12, at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Winthrop Center Road (Route 135 South) in Winthrop. Interment will follow at East Readfield Cemetery in Readfield, Maine.Memories, condolences, photos and videos maybe shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.familyfirstfh.comIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of Maine122 State St.Augusta, ME 04330Maine General HospiceP.O. Box 828Waterville, ME 04903or St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchP.O. Box 66Winthrop, ME 04364

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Published in Central Maine on Aug. 8, 2019
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