HOWLAND - Althea M. Sage, 101, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on April 17, 2016. She was born in Howland, Maine, on August 17, 1914, the third daughter and fourth child of Albert Sage and Ethel (Lancaster) Sage.
She graduated from Howland High School, Class of 1934 and was co-valedictorian of her class. She continued her education in Bangor by working days as a nanny and taking night classes at the business school there. She began her career as a bookkeeper working for the Northern Kraft Paper Company in Howland. When Northern Kraft left and went to Gilman, VT, Althea followed them and worked there 18 years. Upon her return to Maine, she worked for Wallace Grant Logging and finished her career retiring from Prentiss and Carlisle Company-Enfield Division in 1976. She was a life-long member of the Eastern Star attending chapters in Maine and Vermont. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 97, Howland. She attended Baptist churches in both Howland and Enfield. She was a member and treasurer of the Enfield Elders for many years until she moved to Bangor at the age of 98. She was an avid bridge player and for many years enjoyed her weekly card game. She traveled extensively through the United States, Canada, and England. Above all else, she valued her family and never missed an opportunity to be of help and strength to them. She was an incredible person and lived her life to the fullest each and every day.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Kermit (Margaret), Elwin (Marion), Gerald (Elsie), Lloyd, and Reginald (Millie); and her sisters, Edith Currie (Jim) and Thelma Leavitt (Charles) and brother-in-law, James Leavitt; two nephews and two great nephews. She is survived by her sisters, Glenna Leavitt and Mona Swett; brother-in-law, Donald Swett; and sister-in-law, Ruth Sage; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Howland Cemetery. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln.