Geraldine's Story

ORLAND - Geraldine Drake Alley Archer went to be with her Lord and loved ones on September 28, 2014. She was born in East Holden, Maine on December 1, 1928; the daughter of David E. Drake and Dora (Cameron) Drake.

Geraldine was the loving mother of one son, Douglas Drake Alley and his wife, Carolyn of Bucksport. Three daughters, Christine and her husband, Rick Dunham of Bangor; Brenda and her husband, Paul Mercer of Penobscot; and Jayne Alley of Kenduskeag. She was the loving grandmother of Joshua Clement, Caleb Burrill, Kyle Mercer and Carly (Mercer) Roak and her husband, Bill. She was the loving great-grandmother to Elliot Elizabeth Roak.

Geraldine was the devoted wife of Russell E. Archer and stepmother to his children; Wesley and his wife, Tammy of Bucksport; Russell N. Archer of Ellsworth; Greg and his wife, Michelle of Belfast; and Victoria of Bucksport. She was step-grandmother to Michael and Kimberly of Bucksport; Rhiannon and Ethan of Otis; and Joshua and Krista of Bucksport. She was step-great-grandmother to Austin and Paul Bailey, and Jackson and Landon Cyr. She will be missed by her two sisters, Marjorie Wardwell of Penobscot, Sharon Bailargeon and her husband, Leon of Orrington, her two brothers, Kenneth Drake and his wife, Sally, and Rev. Rodney Drake and his wife, Norene, all of Bucksport, her sister-in-law, Evelyn Drake Kinney, many nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Geraldine graduated from Bucksport High in 1946 and worked in various stores in the area. She faithfully attended the Bucksport Calvary Pentecostal Church for many years; and in South Orland Church of God for years where her husband, Russell Archer pastored.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; her two sisters, Flora and Elaine; her first husband and father of her children, Douglas Alley; her brother, Audbur Drake; her brother, Harold Drake and his wife of Connecticut; her brother-in-law, Millard Wardwell; and her grandson, Caleb Burrill. The family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice her daughter-in-law, Carolyn and Health Aid Shannon.

Memorial contributions in Geraldine's memory may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice, 900 Broadway St., St. Joseph Healthcare Park, Bangor, ME 04401. "Only one life, so soon it is past, only what's done for Christ will last."

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME 04416 with Rev Rodney Drake officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery Bucksport. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)
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