Lincoln and Orono
- Carmeline 'Carmen' S. Tardy, 90, of Lincoln and Orono, Maine, was called to be with the Lord on February 17, 2018. Carmen leaves behind five children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and enough wit and anecdotes for all of them!
Carmen loved her family. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine, to Agnes and Dennis Lavaway, in 1927. Carmen survived all seven of her brothers and sisters, whom she missed dearly, and of whom she spoke often, Adrian, Frank, Marion, Winnifred, Patricia, Agnes, and Jean.
Carmen had an incredible sense of humor. In her earlier years, you could find her working as a server at local eateries in Lincoln. Her favorite restaurant was Olivieri's, owned by her sister Jean. Carmen loved this line of work and never had a problem keeping up with her customers or keeping tabs on them! Her favorite things were coffee, babysitting the grandchildren (well... most times!), sarcasm, coffee, helping others, reading the Enquirer Magazine, coffee, eating peach blossoms, going out to eat, going for rides, snacking on potato chips, drinking Moxie, watching Judge Judy, coffee, and watching the Food Network.
Carmen is survived by her eldest daughter, Dolores Francis and her husband, Kurt, grandchildren, Donnie and his wife, Cat, and Kelly and her partner George, and great-grandchildren, Cayden and Samara; as well as her son, Lee and his wife, Debbie, and their children, Tia and Jenée; also her daughter, Trudy Neal and her husband, Clayton, and their children, Jordan and Blake; also, her son, Claude, and his wife, Amy, and their children, Garrett, Randa, and Kaity, and great-grandchildren, Carson, Vella Carmeline, and Lincoln. Also, her youngest son, Kyle and his spouse, Mike Grondin.
Carmen lived a full productive life. For the people who were part of it, thank you! To the friends and caregivers at The Meadows, Orono Commons, and St. Joseph's Hospital: Thank you for the care, love, and affection shown to Carmen during her time on earth and her transition from this life to the next.
Visiting hours are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Clay Funeral Home, Lee St., Lincoln, Maine. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20th, at St. Mary of Lourdes Church, Main St., Lincoln, Maine. Family and friends are invited to gather at St. Mary's Church after the funeral mass to celebrate Carmen's life with some of her favorite foods and drink.
Memorial donations in Carmen's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Published on  February 19, 2018