- Melissa S. Beal Latimer-Gardner, 50, of Machias, went to be with her Lord on July 9, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, after a long battle with COPD, with her youngest daughter and husband by her side.
Melissa was born in Machias to Carl and Delanie Beal on July 17, 1966. Melissa attended school on Beals Island and Jonesport, and later at UMM until she married Gerald Latimer and had two daughters she loved very much - Megan and Jillian. She later married Curtis Gardner of Machiasport and resided in Machias. She worked as a CNA and PSS until her back issues would no longer allow it in 2009. She lived for her children and loved spending time with family and friends; her grandchildren became the apple of her eye.
Melissa was predeceased by her baby brother; first husband, Gerald Latimer; mother, Delanie Beal; father, Carl Beal; several aunt's uncles and grandparents. Melissa is survived by her husband, Curtis Gardner; two daughters, Megan and Jillian; two sisters, Lisa Beal and Atrisha Beal; and four grandchildren, Joseph Carl Curtis, Jordan Delanie, Aleczander Lawrence and Rylee Dennis.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of EMMC ICU unit.
You will be dearly missed wife, mother, sister and friend.
When tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me
I'm right there in your heart.
Published on  July 14, 2017