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Frances Meservey

Frances D. Meservey

January 14, 1926 - January 3, 2019
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APPLETON - Frances Louise Dailey Meservey, 92, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, Thursday, January 3, 2019. She was born in Camden January 14, 1926, to John Franklin and Lillian Horton Dailey, and grew up in the Millville neighborhood of Camden. She graduated from Camden High School in 1944. There she was a member of the student council, the glee club, served as senior class president, and was voted most popular.

After graduation, Fran worked in Washington D.C. as a clerk typist in the Navy Yard during World War II. Upon returning to Camden she worked for the Eastern Division Manager of Central Maine Power Company for 12 years.

Fran and her husband Richard lived in North Appleton, Maine, where she spent each day grateful for her beloved property on the St. George River and the beauty of God’s surrounding creation. From the time she was a child she loved being with family on “Little Fang” island in Megunticook Lake.

A creative and fun-loving soul, Fran was an excellent seamstress who also enjoyed singing, reading, and writing poetry. Passionate about her faith, she spent each day in gratitude and joy for the Lord’s blessings and often encouraged those around her through her positive outlook.

She served as a teacher’s aide for 20 years at the Appleton Village School, and continued her involvement with the students after retirement through reading programs and senior lunches. She also served as secretary to the Appleton Historical Society for many years.

Fran was an active member of the Appleton Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and served terms as church secretary and treasurer. She often hosted guest speakers, missionaries, and singers for the church. She was a gracious hostess and loved to prepare meals for friends, family, and strangers alike. The Meservey family reunion was held at Fran and Richard’s home for many years.

Mrs. Meservey was predeceased by her loving husband of over 50 years, Richard Wilson Meservey, and by her sister, Ella Eugenia Dailey Laite.

Mrs. Meservey is survived by her son, Richard Alan Meservey and his wife Deborah Hoyt Meservey of Appleton; two daughters, Lorna Meservey Buccialia and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Roland Buccialia of Newtown Square, PA, and Marsha Meservey Eggert and her husband Matthew Eggert of Roswell, GA; six grandchildren, Tobias and Laura Meservey, Joy, Andrew (Brandine), Joel, and Peter Buccialia, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m, Monday, January 7, 2019, at Appleton Baptist Church, 108 Searsmont Road, Appleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Appleton Baptist Church, ℅ Pauline Butler, Treasurer, PO Box 915, Union, ME 04862, or, Beverly Moody Memorial Library Fund, ℅ Appleton Village School, 737 Union Road, Appleton, ME 04862.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday January 6, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday January 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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  • Memorial Service

    Monday January 7, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday January 7, 2019 2:00pm
    Appleton Baptist Church
    108 Searsmont Road
    Union, ME 04862
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    Pastor Colin McGie
    Pastor Mark Adolphsen and The Rev. Dr. Roland Bucciala
  • Interment

    Pine Grove Cemetery - Appleton
    Sennebec Road
    Appleton, ME 04862
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Janylee Elsa McGlinchy

Posted at 02:16pm
Love On Appleton Ridge
Fran and Richard Meservey were excellent role models for me. They prayed together and showed their love for each other in front of me, held each other in high esteem and most importantly loved God with all their hearts. They always called me dear and prayed fervently at each meal from their hearts. They lived across the street from my Uncle Vernon (my mom’s brother) and Aunt Norma’s in Appleton, Maine, a small farm town. From their house you could look over and see his entire property and pastureland from the second floor. I loved to go there and stay overnight, my sisters and I would take turns. I loved to ride the banister from the second floor, how fun! The family Lorna, Rick and Marcia and their parents Fran and Richard were deep believers. I kept my eyes wide open. I wanted what they had. I loved it when the rabbits got loose and we tried to catch them and put them back in the rabbit pen. Have you ever tried to catch a rabbit? The rabbit always wins. I loved to hold them they were so very soft and fluffy. Fran and Richard were related to me because my maternal Grandmother Nellie was Richard’s sister. Nellie was a loving mother of ten children, my mom was somewhere in the middle! Nellie suffered with cancer and on her deathbed called me over. I was to be nine years old the next day. She said “go over to my jewelry box and take something you’d like to have for your birthday.” Here she was dying but thought of me. I’ll never forget her. On Sunday we’d all go to Appleton Baptist Church, the only church in town! Everyone knew each other and praised God. I observed well the love of God here. Then we’d head back to Vernon’s for a big meal that Norma would prepare for all of us. My Uncle Vernon didn’t go to church; instead he stayed home and tended the animals and the farm chores. He’d been up since before the rooster! I didn’t love him any less. He showed me how to milk a cow and let me help him feed the pigs their “slop.” I dared to pet them, (this was done by carefully placing your hand on their head and not getting it anywhere near the mouth) and doing it while they were eating, as they were distracted! I remember once I almost got stepped on by a cow, ouch it was close! When it came time for a cow to go to the butcher Vernon would not do the job, he sent them out, for these animals had names and he loved them all. He was very affectionate; he always hugged and kissed Aunt Norma in front of me. He made me feel special. He taught us to ride a horse; he’d lead them until we were old enough to ride on our own. I couldn’t wait until I could gallop up the road with one of them. Vernon lived next to a river and we’d walk out the path across the pasture carefully crawling under electric fences to go for a dip. The river bottom was soft and gooey sand, I remember it feeling like your were sinking in it. From Vernon’s second floor we’d always look out early in the morning to see if there were deer in the pasture. Deer are very smart, they know if you’re looking! They figure if you have time enough to look they could be your next meal! All my relatives were deer hunters too. My mom grew up across the street with nine other children, five boys and five girls, two girls who eventually died young of a crippling disease. Eventually my Grandfather Alton died in 1972, I was fifteen. Then someone bought the farmhouse and as of today it stands there a few piles of wood, not well taken care of, so sad. I remember playing in the hay in Vernon’s barn, oh how fun that was. It was heaped to the top of the barn and you could fall quite a distance and not get hurt. We’d play hide and seek in it. The farm was 2 1/2 hours from Kittery, where I grew up. We went down mostly in deer season, my dad hunted until he lost one in the river and that was the end for him. I have fond memories of Appleton but mostly the love there. Today love continues as my Uncle Vernon has been taking care of my Aunt Norma who has complications due to mini strokes in her brain. True love exists on Appleton Ridge, love that has always inspired me. Note: This story was published in the Camden Herald on January 27, 2007. My dear Aunt Norma Pease passed away in May 2008. I dedicate this story in her memory.

Susan Umberger

Posted at 03:37pm
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. What a fine Christian woman. Have such lovely memories of her and Richard.

Deborah P. Owen

Posted at 05:08pm
Fran was my second "mom". Living across the street from Fran, and being friends with Lorna, Rick and Marsha, I spent many hours with them in their home, I will miss her

Sincerely, Steve Salhany

Posted at 10:29am
With many condolences for your loss.
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Sarah Prudence (aka Prudy Gushee)

Posted at 05:30pm
I'm sorry to be so far away at this time. I have a special place in my heart for Aunt Fran. I had the honor to not only be a relative but also to have worked with her at the Appleton Village School for 2 years. It was a joy to know I'd get to see her every school day. I just sent her a Christmas card saying I'd see her this summer. It's with sadness I realize that visit won't take place. Condolences & love to all of you.

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