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BELFAST AND BANGOR - Wilma Grace Chadbourne, 98, died peacefully September 8, 2015 at the Harbor Hill Center Assisted Living, Belfast. She was born March 31, 1917 in Harmony, the daughter of Cony and Ines (Watson) Chadbourne.

Wilma lived in Harmony and attended the schools there. She was formerly employed by Hilda and Ed Rosen, shoe manufacturers, and really enjoyed her work at New England Home Healthcare and Eastern Maine Medical Center. She was married to the late William West and they had one daughter, Helen Inez West, who later was married to Lloyd Willey. Wilma felt very lucky that she had such a nice family. She was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed gardening, golf, fishing and her pets. Some of her best times were spent at Chadbourne family reunions, playing cribbage, cards with her grandchildren and knitting heirloom ski sweaters for her family.

Surviving are her daughter, Helen I. (West) Willey of Hampden, five grandchildren, Lloyd E. Willey Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Lewiston, Linda Dickinson (Willey) Nye and her husband, Alan of Saco, Laurel (Willey) Thompson and her husband, Rolfe of Tampa, FL, James A. Willey and his wife, Catherine Steele of Portland and Jennifer (Willey) Algieri and her husband, Frank of Tucker, GA; nine great-grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Danielle, Aaron, Rob, Ali, Harrison, Sarah and Joshua; two brothers, Vaughn Chadbourne of Connecticut and Basil Chadbourne and his wife, Alta of New Hampshire; two sisters, Marilyn Clapp of Exeter and Evelyn Keaten of South Paris. She was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Edward Chadbourne, six sisters, Edna Smith, Carolyn Worcester, Erma Reed, Annie Keaten, Claire Corson and Dorothy Keaten. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Harbor Hill Assisted Living for their kind and loving care over the past 18 years and for making Harbor Hill a home for her.

A funeral service will be held 2pm Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor with the Rev. Jack Williams officiating. Interment with committal prayers will be held 4:30pm Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cambridge. Those who wish to remember Wilma in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Memorial Fund of the Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  September 10, 2015
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