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BANGOR - Virginia M. Chadbourne, 69, mother of Thomas E. Merchant and wife of the late Robert L. Chadbourne, passed away July 5, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 10, 1945 in Bangor, the daughter of Enid (Westcott) and Thomas Lambert, and her biological father, Charles Merchant.

Virginia was an amazing woman; her entire life she was devoted to her family and caring for others. Her love for her family was deep and she was extremely proud of her son and her grandchildren.

She was a soldier of the Salvation Army Bangor Citadel Corps (member of the Salvation Army Church). She was active in the Ladies Home League, and also served as their secretary.

Virginia is survived by her son Tom and wife, Kelly, and her grandchildren who were her world, Zachary, Jordan, and Cayden. She was blessed with her first great grandchild, Marley Marie this past February. She is also survived by her father-in-law Vaughn Chadbourne, with whom she had a very special bond; her stepdaughter Chrystal Telke and husband Bruce, and their children Lori-Anne and Eddie, all of Connecticut; her special niece, Dottie Jack, whom she thought of as a daughter, and Marc Smith and their daughter, Hailey; sister Beatrice Jack, whom she has always been close to; brothers Clarence Merchant and Robert Lambert; and special cousin, Lorraine Hilton. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 34 years, her parents, her brother Charles Merchant, Jr., her sister Alice Alderman; and her mother-in-law, Marion Chadbourne.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call Thursday July 16 from 6-8PM at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A graveside service will be held Friday, July 17 at 2PM at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, 449 Ohio St., Bangor, with Capt. Jeffrey Kirk of the Salvation Army officiating.

Tom and his family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Eastside Rehabilitation for their exceptional and compassionate care of Virginia, and their support of our family.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Perhaps they are not the stars,

But rather openings in heaven

where the love of our lost ones pours through

And shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
Published on  July 8, 2015
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