Arlene (Davis) Meader

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Arlene Davis Meader
1924 - 2018
OAKLAND - Arlene Davis Meader, 93, passed away on May 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of Isaac and Arra Davis, she was born on Nov. 22, 1924, in Solon.
She grew up on a farm with five siblings. In 1941, Arlene graduated with honors from Solon High School, where she was active in sports, drama and public speaking. At a box social, she met the love of her life, Everett Meader. She graduated from Skowhegan Business School and then served as a secretary at W.H. Hinman, Inc.
In 1944, Arlene married Everett, and together they managed the Meader farm. She and Everett led the Youth Group at the Solon Methodist Church, served as co-presidents of the Couples Club, and participated in the Solon Grange. Before leaving Solon, she became the town clerk and treasurer.
In 1965, the family moved to Oakland, where she and Everett became active in the Messalonskee All-Sports Boosters. They were members of the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, where she was in charge of the nursery for many years. This is where she became known as "Grammie Meader" to many children. Her greatest enjoyments were watching her sons and grandchildren play sports and attending family gatherings.
Arlene always welcomed family and friends to her home. She treated them with her favorite recipes: Custards, blueberry muffins and dynamites.
After surviving a massive heart attack in 2005, she became known as the "Miracle Woman." Her loved ones were blessed with 13 additional years with her. During this time, she shared her love and extended her legacy with seven more great-grandchildren.
Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Everett, of 66 years; brothers, Harrison and Richard Davis; and twin-sister, Pauline Davis.
She is survived by her sons: Dick and wife, Betty-Jane, of Waterville, Bob and wife, Pam, of Portland, Bruce and husband, Joe DiLorenzo, of Saco, and Don and wife, Melissa, of Oakland.
Her life was enriched by her grandchildren: Lance and wife, Amy; Daren and fiancée, Jennifer Banks; Lindsay and husband, Brian Ross; Derek and wife, Kara; Suzanne and husband, Aaron Berthiaume; Justin and partner, Katrina Seeley, and Trevor and partner, Adam Courcy; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Heald and Beverly Shaughnessy; brother, Isaac Davis Jr.; family friend, Jim Tolman; and relatives, Norma Gorham and Frances Savage.
The family extends a special thank you to Sharon Leighton and Lorraine Somers for their friendship and support.

Grammie, your greatest recipe never required a spoon, or fork, or knife.
Your greatest recipe was the recipe for how you lived your life.
We know that now your life is beautifully complete.
Because, at last, you and Grandpa can once again meet.
~ Derek Meader

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, 20 West School St., Oakland.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers-Wheeler, 26 Church St., Oakland. An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at:

In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to:
The Oakland-Sidney United
Methodist Church
In Memory of Arlene
20 West School Street
Oakland, ME 04963

Published in Central Maine on May 18, 2018